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Working with scripts

This topic shows you how to add or edit scripts

  • For creating a script in the project view mark the project and click on "Create Script". Enter a title for the script, choose the type of script you want (TV or Film), choose the script template, and click Create.
  • To import a script into the project view click Import> Select Script. If you're editing a copy of a script outside of Adobe Story; For example, in Microsoft® Word, you can then import the document as the latest version of the script. This eliminates the need to manually transfer the changes. After importing, the version of the document becomes the previous version of the document before it was imported.
  • For duplicating a script within a project highlight the script in the project view. A menu will appear at the top of the screen. There select "Copy"> "To current project".
  • Should the script be copied to another project?, first select the script in the project view. In the menu above, select "Copy"> "To other project". A dialog box appears in which you can select the target project.

You can only copy scripts to projects that you are the owner, co-author, or author.

When you import a script, Adobe Story formats it and adds a scene outline.

The element in a scene can be changed using the Element menu or keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, you can right-click the Scene item and select an option from the menu. The name of the character, any parentheses and the first line of dialogue are always kept together. If there is not enough space on a page to display these three elements together, they are automatically moved to the next page with a reference to the continuation.

  1. Click a script in the project view. The script opens in authoring view.
  2. Adobe Story assigns the Scene Heading element to the first paragraph. Enter the scene heading and press Enter. The action element is inserted automatically. If your script doesn't start with a scene heading, choose the option you want from the Element menu.
  3. When you have finished entering the figure element, press Enter. The processing focus changes to the dialog element.
  4. If you press the Enter key after entering a figure or parenthesis element, the editing focus changes to a dialog element.
  5. After entering the dialog element, press Enter. The editing focus changes to the figure element.
  6. Continue entering the scene using the required screen elements. Adobe Story applies the default formatting to the elements.
  7. Use the transition element to mark the end of a scene. Press Enter to proceed to the next scene.

If the text entered in an action element begins with "INN.", "OUT.", "I./A.", Or "A./I.", The element is automatically converted into a scene heading. However, this automatic conversion is not carried out if you copy content and paste it into an action element.

Adobe Story provides a variety of options that make the script creation process easier and more efficient.

When you turn on automatic word completion, a list of options appears after you type the first few letters of a word that Adobe Story recognizes. Instead of typing in the entire word, you can now choose an option from the menu.

For scene elements, a list of options is displayed when you insert the scene element. For example, suppose you enter a scene heading with a location mentioned earlier, Adobe Story displays a list of locations that match the text. In the menu that appears, click the location you want. The location is inserted at the cursor position.

Choose View> Auto-Complete to turn automatic word completion on or off.

The following automatic completion options are available for inserting scene elements:

The formatting toolbar provides options for formatting the text in a document.

The toolbar is only displayed if you have activated the corresponding option.

  • Choose View> Formatting Toolbar. Using the options on the formatting toolbar, you can do the following:
    • Change the style of the selected text.
    • Change the text color.
    • Change the indentation of the text.
    • Highlight a text in a script.
    • Change element type.

If a dialog does not fit on one page, the entire dialog is moved to the next page. This prevents page breaks from occurring in dialogs.

If the following sequence of elements does not fit on one page, the entire sequence is moved to the next page.

  • Figure followed by dialogue
  • Figure, followed by dialogue and then parenthesis
  • Figure, followed by parenthesis and then dialogue

This ensures that the "Figure" and "Parenthesis" elements are displayed together with the dialog on one page.

You can use sticky notes to add annotations to your scripts. To insert sticky notes, select Insert> Sticky Notes. You can change Sticky Notes in the following ways:

  • Drag notes to reposition them in a script.
  • Resize notes to fit the text size.
  • Put a frame around notes.
  • Erase notes.

To add additional information to your documents, do the following:

  1. To add more additional information to your document, select Insert> Additional Information. You can also use Command + Shift + Y.

  2. In the Additional Information dialog box, add the instructions in the text box and click OK. Select the Framed option if you want the additional information to be framed.

Overlays are anything that is drawn on the script pad that is not text. For example scene numbers, camera settings and sound elements. You can show or hide the overlays in your document. To view the overlays, open the View menu and select the type of overlay. Visible overlays are marked with a tick next to them.

If you want to remove an overlay, open the Display menu and turn off the particular type of overlay. When you print the document, the hidden overlays will not be visible.

You can save a script to your hard drive as a file with an .stdoc extension.

  1. Choose File> Print.

  2. In the Print dialog box, do one of the following:

    • Select the paper size you want to print the script on.
    • Number of pages to be printed. You can choose to print all pages or just a specific range of pages in the script.
    • Select “Print Changed Pages Only” if you only want to print the pages that were changed after you enabled the Track Changes feature.

    Assuming the page range selected for printing is 5-9 and pages 6-7 were changed after activating the Track Changes function, only pages 6-7 will be printed. You can now print multiple, non-consecutive scenes from a script. For example, you can select scenes 5, 8, 23 and 28 and print them.

If you are working with scripts, you can use the Scene Properties window to see an overview of the scene. To display the window in Creation view, choose View> Scene Properties Window.

The following are the elements of the window:

Adding and identifying silent roles

The speaking and mute roles are identified and displayed in the "Scene properties" window. All characters with dialogue in a scene are categorized as SPEAKING ROLES. Figures without dialogue in a scene are categorized as MUTE ROLES.

The window shows the list of figures created for the document. The character list contains the names of all characters in a script. When you click Detect in the Scene Properties window, it will determine whether the characters on the list appear in the scene. All characters that appear in the list but do not appear in the scene are categorized as silent roles.

You can also edit the list of silent roles. To change the list, click Edit. The EDIT SILENT FIGURES dialog box appears. In the dialog box, you can do the following:

  • Add silent roles
  • Edit existing silent roles
  • Delete existing silent role

Adding and editing silent extras

You can add silent extras to a scene. To add silent extras, click Edit. The EDIT STATISTICS WITHOUT TALK ROLE dialog box appears. Add the extras you want and click OK.

You can work with different versions of a document in the History window. Click View> History to display the window. You can also access this window from the Scene Properties window. When you open the Scene Properties window, the History tab appears next to it. Click the tab to open the History window.

Information about the different versions of a script is displayed in the history window. The information displayed includes the version number, author, and timestamp. The content you entered in the "Description" area when creating the version is displayed when you move the mouse pointer over the comment symbol. The current version is selected by default and can be edited. Older versions of your documents can only be viewed.

Creation of version numbers

When you create versions of a document, you have a better view of the history of changes. Versions are created in two ways:

  • Automatic versioning: As you edit the current document, Adobe Story automatically creates versions of your document. These versions are saved automatically.
  • Manual versioning: If you are editing a document, choose File> Save As, and save a version of the document. You can add a version description in the Save As - Adobe Story dialog box.

Compare versions

You can compare different versions of a document in the History window. To compare two versions, select one version and move the mouse pointer over the other version. A tooltip appears with the following information:

  • Scenes: number of new scenes, number of deleted scenes and number of changed scenes compared to the selected version
  • Words: Number of words changed compared to the selected version

Restoring and deleting document versions

You can restore and delete different versions of your documents. In the History window, click the three dots icon next to the version you want to delete or restore. You will then be presented with a list of possible actions. Choose one of the following options:

  • Delete: Select Delete to delete the version. Only the owner of the document can delete a version.
  • Restore: Select Restore if you want to use an older version than the current version. The restore option will keep the older version and make a copy of it, which will then be converted to the current version. Document owners, co-authors, and authors can restore a version.

Compare two versions

You can compare two versions of a document using the compare option. In the History window, click the three dots icon next to the version you want to compare your document with and select Compare from the list. You can:

  • compare the current version with an older version.
  • compare two older versions.

You can view and compare two versions of a document side by side. In the upper part of the document you can see the version number, the name and the date the document was last saved. You can edit the document while you compare the versions and the changes are synchronized.

When comparing two versions side by side, the Outline View shows the differences between the two versions. The deleted elements are marked in red, new elements in green and every change in the individual scenes with an asterisk next to it.

You can customize templates in Adobe Story for different purposes. For more information, see Customizing Script Templates.

You can import the following film and TV templates into new script documents:

  • Custom templates saved on your hard drive.
  • Templates created in Adobe Story Classic (Flex).

To import templates into new script documents, do the following:

  1. Select the document list view and click on the "+ SCREENPLAY" symbol.

  2. In the Create New Document dialog box, click Template. A drop-down list appears containing the default templates and the customized templates.

  3. Select a suitable template and click Import.

For TV and film scripts, you can switch from the template you are currently using to any template available for that script format. To switch, do the following:

  1. Open a script document and choose Edit> Change Template.

  2. In the Modify Template dialog box, click TEMPLATE and select from the drop-down list.