Can I import from Screenwriter, Celtx, PDF or MS Word?
Dramatify offers import from Final Draft and other screenwriting programs that offer the .fdx file export.
The reason is that Final Draft’s XML file format not only includes the text of the screenplay, but also a lot of other information known as “metadata”. This means that the .fdx file contains machine information on where a scene starts and ends, what the slug is, what is action, dialogue, parenthesis and transitions respectively, who is in the scene and what time of day it is.
As Celtx and older versions of Movie Magic Screenwriteronly exports to pure text formats without any metadata, Dramatify don’t know what to do with it. It’s the same case with MS Word and PDFs. There is nothing to separate scenes from each other, or tell the difference between action and dialogue. Therefore, Dramatify can’t import it.
How to get screenplays from Screenwriter, Celtx and other formats into Dramatify
There are four ways of getting your Celtx or older Screenwriterscreenplay, or any other screenplay you have in a text format – such as .txt, .rtf, .doc, .docx or a PDF – into Dramatify:
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- use the free version of Writer-Duet (online) to import your screenplay and export it to the .fdx file format
- use the free Trelby (Windows/Linux) to import your screenplay and export it to the .fdx file format
- buy Highland from the Mac app store and do the same. Highland is also the best alternative for PDFs
- simply copy and paste your screenplay into Dramatify