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Old 01-21-2016, 04:59 PM   #1
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Default FadeIn to FD conversion

Hello. A manager to whom I'd emailed a .pdf script wants to show me now how he works by having me send him the first 5 pages of my script in Final Draft. I guess he's going to show how he makes notations.

Problem is, I don't use FD; I use FadeIn instead. So I sent him the first 5 pages of FadeIn but he can't convert that to FD (though I believe FI can convert FD, but that's another story).

Anyway, does anyone here know of a way to convert a FadeIn file to Final Draft?

Thanks.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: FadeIn to FD conversion

With the file open in Fade In, click File, Export, Final Draft (.fdx), and follow the instructions.
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Old 01-21-2016, 05:54 PM   #3
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Dang, Mitchell. I didn't even know I had that option in FI. I just converted it and sent it on its way. Many thanks!
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Old 01-23-2016, 01:32 AM   #4
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Default Re: FadeIn to FD conversion

This seems like a weird request. I would never give someone a working file of your script.
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Old 01-23-2016, 04:34 PM   #5
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Default Re: FadeIn to FD conversion

Dang, this is my area of expertise, and somebody got to the question before I did. Harrumph!

Not many years ago, most file conversions by other programs were not all that reliable.

But Fade In does a truly remarkable job of converting files.

FADE IN and FINAL DRAFT

Fade In (.fadein) <---> Final Draft (.fdx)
You can convert back and forth between Fade In and Final Draft as long as the Final Draft file is .fdx. The result is very reliable. A friend of mine sends his work to me in Final Draft .fdx, and I sometimes import it into Fade In instead of using Final Draft. Then I export it back to Final Draft before I send the file back to him.
Fade In (.fadein) <--- Final Draft (.fdr)
If the Final Draft file is .fdr (the older format), Fade In will only import. It does not save in the older .fdr format. You can, of course, save in .fdx or any of the other formats that Fade In supports.
FADE IN and TEXT

Fade In (.fadein) <---> Formatted Text (.txt)
I am impressed with the great job that Fade In does in converting text files. «Formatted text» refers to text that looks like a screenplay. This gets a little too involved to explain here, but if you have one of those text files like the ones that we use here for showing our work in Script Pages, you can take that text and import it into Fade In. Any obtrusive line breaks get stripped out, and the text is formatted to be an ordinary Fade In file. Also, even if the original text is entirely flush left (no indents), it still imports very well, as long as you have blank lines where they ought to be in a script.

It is important to realize, when you import a text file, that «Formatted Text» does not mean that the file being imported has to be formatted already like a screenplay. It can be, but it does not have to be. The meaning is that you want to strip out any problematic line breaks and let Fade In turn the text file into a formatted Fade In file.

«Unformatted Text» is something else, but I am not going to get into it in this post.
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Old 01-24-2016, 11:02 AM   #6
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Default Re: FadeIn to FD conversion

Hi Ducky. It was only the first 5 pages.
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Old 01-26-2016, 11:37 AM   #7
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Default Re: FadeIn to FD conversion

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This seems like a weird request. I would never give someone a working file of your script.
Yeah. The only time I send people working files is if they've paid me and we're closing out the job.
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Old 01-26-2016, 04:22 PM   #8
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Yeah. The only time I send people working files is if they've paid me and we're closing out the job.
Uh-oh. It sounds like something I maybe shouldn't have done.

What's the downside?
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Old 01-27-2016, 05:03 AM   #9
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Just out of curiosity ...

What is your concern about providing a "working file" to someone who has a reason to look at your work?

(1) Are you worried that someone will see your script before it is polished and have a bad impression of your work?

or

(2) Are you worried that someone will steal your material before it is complete and copyrighted?
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Old 01-30-2016, 06:19 PM   #10
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Nothing so dramatic.

It's about version control and quality control.

If I give people an easily-editable file, I think a certain percentage of them will have a hard time not editing it. Maybe rewording a line of dialog, or doing some other minor tweak.

Hey, they bring somebody else on, or I'm off the job, okay, whatever - they paid me, the files are theirs if they want them (and I can't stop them from melting a PDF, anyway). If they REALLY want to edit the file, they'll find a way.

But I want to help them avoid temptation. And I think somebody who pops the script open in FD Reader or where it's so easy to edit based on a whim as you read will, occasionally, actually make an edit.

And I prefer to discourage that.
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