In the Final Draft Writer app for iPad, how do I manage my scripts?
When you launch the Writer application, you will see your list of scripts. Slide one to the right and you'll see three icons (Delete, Rename, Duplicate).
These commands will enable you to keep your script list current and accurate.
To start a new script, touch the plus sign at the upper left and choose the template you want.
To create a test or alternate copy of a script, duplicate it and rename it.
NOTE: Final Draft v.8 has a much larger selection of script types and templates to choose from.
How do I get my script into the Final Draft Writer for iPad?
1. Through email:
- Open the iPad's Mail program;
- Touch the email with the script attached;
- Touch the script icon;
- Touch Open in FD Writer.
2. Through iTunes filesharing:
3. Through Dropbox:
- Open your Dropbox folder;
- Touch the script name on the left;
- Touch the Export icon at the upper right;
- The Open In... menu will open; touch FD Writer;
- The FD Writer launches automatically. Your script will be added to the Scripts screen and will open.
IMPORTANT: Only FDX files (ones created in Final Draft v.8) are openable in this application. It cannot open FDR (Final Draft v. 7 / 6 / 5), PDF, DOC, HTML, TXT, RTF or any other kind of file.
The Final Draft Writer icons
-- Scene Heading
-- More Elements
-- Mark / Clear Revised (only visible when script is in Revision Mode)
Can the Final Draft Writer app for iPad open a file written in v.7 / 6 / 5?
No. These old versions of Final Draft use the .FDR file format, which is over 15 years old. The Writer and the Reader can only open .FDX files, which are created by v.8.
If I have Final Draft v.8 on a Windows computer (but don't own a Mac), can I still use the Final Draft Writer app on an iPad?
Yes. You can send FDX files from the iPad Writer to Final Draft v.8 for Windows and vice versa without any problems.
Can the Final Draft Reader¬ģ app for iPad export a script as an RTF, TXT or DOC file?
No, the Writer only exports as PDF, not as any other format. If you need to save a file as some other format, you can do so in v.8.
If you have a colleague who needs to view a script created or edited on the Writer, they can download the free Final Draft v.8 Demo, which opens all FDX files, or the Final Draft Reader app for iPad / iPhone, available free from the Mac App Store.
The other option is to export the script as a PDF. Information on the PDF export is HERE.
What kinds of files can the Final Draft Writer app for iPad open or import?
The only file type the Writer app can open is FDX, the format used by Final Draft v.8. It does not open FDR (Final Draft v. 7 / 6 / 5), RTF, DOC, TXT, HTML or PDF files.
Some other screenwriting programs can save as FDX, but these files are not written in genuine Final Draft FDX and the scripts may not look or behave as expected when opened in Final Draft v.8 or Final Draft Mobile apps.