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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: Final Draft 10 / 9: Go to File > Save As PDF and uncheck the Include Title Page box. Final Draft 8: Go to File > Save As PDF and uncheck the Include Title Page box. If you don't have the Save As PDF command in the File menu, download and run the...
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Tagged: title page


Orange arrow How can I include or exclude the title page when I save my FD10 / 9 / 8 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 How do I enable or disable the title page in my Final Draft 7 PDF export?

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  For information for Final Draft 10 / 9 / 8, click HERE. In Final Draft 7.1x, there's a check-box under Tools > Options > Document tab (Windows)... and Final Draft 7 menu/Preferences (Mac)... that sets the PDF export to include or exclude the title page. This box is checked by default...
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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...
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Orange arrow In Final Draft 9 / 8 on Windows 10, I get an Error -20 when I save a file as PDF.

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  This problem was corrected by a free update to FD9 and does not occur in Final Draft 10. If you do not have 9.0.9 installed, see How do I update Final Draft 9? Final Draft 8 will not be updated to address this problem. FD8 users should use this workaround: Choose Print from the File menu or Fil...
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Orange arrow Final Draft 8 on 64-bit Vista won't save as PDF.

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  This issue was resolved in 8.01. NOTE: 8.0.1 has been superceded by 8.0.3. The full installer is free and available HERE. You do not need to install 8.0.1 or 8.0.2 in order to install 8.0.3....
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Tagged: PDF, update


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: If you have Final Draft 8 Open Final Draft and go to Help > Deactivate > Online Deactivation. C...
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 Can I save a text document or a report as a PDF file?

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  Users of FD10 / 9 / 8 can save any report or text document as a PDF by going to File > Save As PDF. FD7 for Windows: Only script files can be saved as PDF files. Text files and reports cannot. However, you can save reports or text documents as RTF files, which can be read by any standard word p...
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Tagged: report, PDF, export


Orange arrow How do I convert my FD8 script to PDF?

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  First, make sure you have the current version of Final Draft 8. In the program, click on the File menu and if you don't have Save as PDF as a menu item, you will need to download and install FD 8.0.3 (Windows) or 8.0.3.1 (Mac OS X 10.12 (Sierra), 10. 11 (El Capitan), 10.10 - Yosemite / 10.9 - Maver...
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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 I get an error in Final Draft 7 when I try to save as a PDF on Windows 10 / 8 / 7.

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  Final Draft 7 cannot export as PDF in Windows 10 / 8 / 7. Users of FD7 will want to consider the upgrade to Final Draft 10, which was designed for these systems and has no problems exporting PDFs. Information on the ugprade is HERE. These steps might work: Go to Start > Computer; Click on O...
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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...

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