Screenwriter 6, 6.5, or 6.7 cannot open or import PDF files directly. The best solution to get the contents of a PDF file into Screenwriter is to use the professional app by Adobe called Acrobat Pro. Acrobat Pro can be pricey, but if you need to convert PDF files into formats readable by other programs it is by far the best app to use.
If you do not have Acrobat Pro, here is a FAQ on how to get the contents of a PDF file into Screenwriter without it.
Here are the steps to convert a PDF file into a Screenwriter .MMSW file (or .MMX file) using Acrobat Pro to convert the PDF into an .RTF file and then import the .RTF file into Screenwriter:
- Start Acrobat Pro
- Use the File > Open menu command
- Select the PDF file you wish to convert
- Press the OPEN button to open the PDF document in Acrobat Pro
- Use the File > Export to > Rich Text Format menu command
- Select the Desktop as the place to save your .RTF document
- Press the SAVE button
- The RTF file should open automatically in the TextEdit app
- Use the File > Quit menu command to close the TextEdit.app
- Open Screenwriter
- Use the File > Import menu command
- Select the newly created .RTF file you created in Acrobat Pro
- Click on the Import button
- Press OK in the import options window
- Click on the NO button when asked if the document uses "+" to identify scene headings -- unless it DOES use "+" to identify scenes
- The script document should open in Screenwriter
- Use the File > Save As menu command and save the document in your Screenwriter documents folder, or wherever you want the document to be saved on your computer. This creates a .MMSW Screenwriter document file, or a .MMX Screenwriter XML file, based on what you have set as your preferred file type in Screenwriter's preference options.