Have you just imported a script from a Final Draft .fdx file, only to find that special accented characters (such as the Danish characters ÆØÅ) are no longer displayed, and you cannot type those characters from your keyboard?
The problem has to do with Screenwriter 6.5 importing custom colors from Final Draft. Presently, Screenwriter 6.5 needs those special characters to represent custom colors. However, with a simple bit of editing, you can instantly correct any document that has the problem:
- Open the document you imported from Final Draft in Movie Magic Screenwriter.
- Use Screenwriter's FILE > Export to... command to Screenwriter XML (.mmx). You will do this even if your existing Screenwriter document IS .mmx. Make sure to give the exported document a new, different name so you aren't confused.
- Using Apple's TextEdit application, open the .mmx script you just exported.
- Using TextEdit' Find command (CMD+F), search for the following text: UseExtendedColorCodes
It will probably look like this:
See where it says "true"? Change that to "false". It must be all lower case.
- SAVE the document and QUIT TextEdit.
- Using Screenwriter's OPEN (CMD+O) command, locate and open the .mmx document you just edited. You should see the accented characters restored.
NOTE: If there were sections of text that were colored in Final Draft (and there may not be any), those colored bits of text will likely be preceded with and followed by one of your accented characters. You will want to manually edit out those preceding and trailing accented characters. It may be helpful to search through your original Final Draft document to see where the colored text was used. That editing should be done using the Screenwriter program.
Article is closed for comments.