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Final Draft on offer

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Lazzard

  • Sunday 8th December 2019, 5:18pm
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,640 posts

I know it's expensive, but if you WERE thinking of getting it, it' s £70 cheaper until midnight tonight.
That's all.

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beaky

  • Sunday 8th December 2019, 7:02pm
  • Malaga and Brighton, United Kingdom
  • 2,702 posts

You can always get a pared down version really cheaply as an app for your iPad, as I have.

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Lazzard

  • Monday 9th December 2019, 9:08am
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,640 posts

Didn't know that.
I work 'widescreen' so need the full bells & whistles version!

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Tuesday 10th December 2019, 8:41am
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,087 posts

Can one of you tell me if it converts a non templated draft into a nice script format or do you have to retype the whole script out into it? So if I put my manually arranged draft into it will it automatically or easily rearrange it into a nice neat proper TV script form instead of my wobbly indent version? All my scripts are pre typed and I don't want to go through all that again. Also is it easy to use for IT blockheads like me? Ta in advance.

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Lazzard

  • Tuesday 10th December 2019, 10:42am [Edited]
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,640 posts

Easy to use - you will need to read the Help file - but it pretty well walks you through. Some of the more complex 'production' functions (not needed till you're actually talking to producers etc) need a bit of practice.
In terms of importing, I know you can import the whole document then go through it and 'assign' the formatting (ie highlight a block of dialogue, go to a drop down menu and click "dialogue") etc. Obviously this takes a little time, but you shouldn't have to re-type anything, and once it's done, it's done.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Wednesday 11th December 2019, 9:09pm [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
  • 6,087 posts

Thanks, I've been umming and arring about getting it for yonks as I tend to do on everything. I tried that Celtx once, I didn't know what was going on and it put me off getting FD - hopefully it's nothing like Celtx. I use my own format with tabs which is fiddly and hard to keep in line all the way down but I can read it clearly and distinguish between dialogue and action etc. which I struggle with when reading scripts from BBC archives on their website. I've assumed they are FD formatted.

The very least I would do is enlarge the font as I type in 14pts. Verdana or if have to use courier which I hate using then it's 16pts otherwise I can't read it. If I can do that for my drafts then reduce it down to the standard 12pts for sending off then I might finally make the purchase, even though I know it won't transform my efforts beyond a hobby, given the racket sitcom commissioning is. Angy

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Lazzard

  • Thursday 12th December 2019, 9:55am
  • Ludlow, England
  • 4,640 posts

You can do those font and size changes.
It flashes up some stupid warning (or it used to) about not being acceptable for Hollywood - but ignore it.
Another, cheaper option is Scrivener (£30 - ish) - that's a whole different ballgame but has a good screenplay formatting tool within it.