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Orange arrow How can I clear or remove the title page from a Final Draft script?

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  To remove the title page from the PDF export, go to File > Save As PDF and uncheck the Include Title Page box. For information on how to create the title page, click HERE....
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Tagged: title page


Orange arrow How can I include or exclude the title page when I save my script to PDF?

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  Go to File > Save As PDF and check or clear the Include Title Page checkbox. If you are using a filtered PDF export (under File > Print), check or clear the Include Title Page checkbox there....
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Tagged: PDF, title page


Orange arrow In Final Draft 8 on Windows, when I save a script as PDF, the PDF pages are blank.

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  This can occur if there is no default printer driver assigned. Close Final Draft, if it's open; Open the Devices and Printers folder; Right-click on a printer driver (any one will do, including the Final Draft PDF Converter); Choose Set as Default Printer; Open Final Draft and save a script ...
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Orange arrow Can Final Draft import a PDF file?

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  No, not directly. PDF (Portable Document Format) files are designed to be read-only and cannot be directly imported into Final Draftfor editing. If you've received a script as a PDF, you'll be able to open it, read it and print it. If you have to edit, tell the sender to get you the Final Draft fi...
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Orange arrow I get "Printer not activated. Error -20" when I try to save as PDF on Windows 7 or Windows 8.

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  Close Final Draft; Windows 8: On the Start screen, right-click on the Final Draft 9 / 8 tile block (if it's there); Choose Run As Administrator; OR On the Start screen, type "Final Draft" (without quotes) to call up the Final Draft 9 / 8 tile; Right-click it and choose Run As Administra...
Posted in: Error Messages, PDF

Orange arrow I upgraded from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 and now I get "Printer not activated. Error -20" when I try to save as PDF.

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  This occurs because permission to run the PDF export utiilty was not preserved during the operating system upgrade. You can usually fix this issue by uninstalling and reinstalling the program: Close Final Draft 10 / 9; At the Windows Start screen (the one with the tiles) type "Uninstall" (with...
Posted in: Error Messages, PDF
Tagged: OS-related


Orange arrow I have Windows 10 and I don't have the Microsoft Print to PDF driver installed.

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  Follow these steps to reinstall this PDF converter utility: Close Final Draft, if it's open; Go to Start > Settings > Devices; In the Search box at the upper right, type "advanced printer setup" (without quotes); Click that link when it appears; Choose "The printer that I want isn&rsqu...
Orange arrow How do I convert my FD8 script to PDF?

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  If you have Final Draft 8 on Mac with Sierra (10.2) or High Sierra (10.13), see this article: I have Final Draft 8 on macOS (High Sierra / Sierra / 10.13 / 12) and it crashes when I try to print or use print commands for a PDF. There are two ways to create a PDF in FD8. If you want to save the ent...
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Tagged: PDF


Orange arrow Final Draft 7 on Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista won't save as PDF.

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  Final Draft 7 was released in early 2004 and was engineered for Windows XP, at that time Microsoft's state-of-the-art flagship operating system. The last active development of FD7 was in 2006, long before the release of Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista. These operating systems have made Final Draft 7 obs...
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Orange arrow Final Draft on macOS (Sierra / 10.12) crashes when I try to print, use print commands for a PDF or export a script.

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  Due to changes in the operating system, the print, print-to-PDF and export commands in Final Draft 9.0.9 (and earlier) and Final Draft 8 on macOS (Sierra / 10.12) do not work. If you have Final Draft 9, download and install the free 9.1 update to remedy this problem. There will be no update to Fi...
Orange arrow Final Draft 8 doesn't save as PDF.

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  Close Final Draft; Go to Start > Programs; Right-click on Final Draft 8; Choose Run As Administrator; Start Final Draft and you should now be able to save your script as a PDF. IMPORTANT: Live technical support (phone, chat, email) for Final Draft 8 has been discontinued. You will still b...
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Orange arrow Can Final Draft 7 / 6 convert my script to PDF format?

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  Final Draft 7 / 6 will export to PDF. Final Draft 7.1x: File > Save as PDF: Final Draft 7.0x and Final Draft 6: File > Save As, change Format or Save as Type dropdown menu to Adobe Acrobat Document (PDF). For more information on exporting PDF files from earlier versions of Final Draft 7,...
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Orange arrow My script is printing / saving as PDF in Landscape in and I can’t change it back (Mac)

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  Final Draft uses your default print orientation setting. If a script is printing / saving as PDF in Landscape, it must be reset outside of Final Draft. If it's open, close Final Draft (Command + Q); Go to your Applications folder and open TextEdit; In TextEdit go to File > Page Setup; Sele...
Posted in: PDF, Printing

Orange arrow In Final Draft on Windows, the left margin is correct in the .fdx file but is too small when I save as PDF.

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  Close Final Draft, if it's open. Windows 10: In the Start menu, right-click on the Final Draft menu item; Choose Run as Administrator. Windows 8: On the Start screen, right-click on the Final Draft tile (if it's there); Choose Run as Administrator. OR On the Start screen, type "Fi...
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Tagged: FD8, FD9


Orange arrow When I try to save a script as PDF in Final Draft for Windows, nothing happens.

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  If you have non-alphanumeric characters in the file name, the file might not be exported as PDF. Make sure there are no commas, colons, slashes, ampersands or anything else that's not a plain letter or number. You can if necessary rename the PDF after it's been saved out of Final Draft. BAD: Hi...
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