Roger covers the three features that remember what you've deleted and give you ways to get it back. Manual revisions result when you highlight a new section of text and tell Final Draft to mark it revised. Revision Mode automatically does this job as you write. Auto Backup saves versions of your document so that you can roll back to a previous version.
- [Instructor] I know you've heard the old saw that writing is rewriting. I know because I said it just a little while ago. But it doesn't mean that absolutely everything you write the first time around is destined for the garbage bin. Welcome to Revisions. Revisions are generally marked in screenplays for purposes of production. Everyone on the crew must know exactly what text in a newly issued page is new so they can make the appropriate production changes or just keep track. That's why Final Draft keeps most of its revision tools under the Production menu right here.
But I've found these tools to be invaluable to the drafting process as well. You can take a new direction in your writing, confident that you can go backwards should you change your mind. If you're reviewing your changes, you don't have to waste time reading stuff you haven't changed, because all the new stuff is clearly marked. Final Draft keeps track of your changes automatically or manually, it's your choice. Whenever you've written something you want to mark as a revision, highlight it, then choose Mark Revised from the Production menu, or use the keyboard shortcut command + ].
The color of the text will change, and the all-important asterisk, or star, appears in the margin. Any change, addition, deletion, even as small as a single space, will trigger the asterisk. Final Draft doesn't use strikeout mode to indicate deletions as some word processors do. As you know, show business likes stars. If for some reason the color of your revised text doesn't change, go to the Production menu and select Revisions. Down here you'll find a color picker for revised text.
Click on it and choose the color you want your revised text to be. Don't worry about the rest of the settings. I'm going to assume you're not creating a production draft, so at some point you'll want to integrate your preferred changes into your script, clean it up. Select the revision, then under the Production menu, select Clear Revised. The text will go black, and the margin star will disappear. This method is fine for smaller changes here and there or marking something revised after you've written it.
But for a serious rewrite session, you'll want revision mode. Just choose the mode from the Production menu. Or, if you've been clever enough to add the revision button to your toolbar, click it. Every change you make will now automatically be registered as a revision. To turn off revision mode, click the button again or deselect it from the menu. It's great to know what you've changed, but what if you want to go back to what you wrote before the change? That's where auto-backup comes in. While you're writing, the program automatically makes a copy of your entire file each time you save.
Take a look. In Preferences, under the Final Draft menu, click on the Auto-Save/Backup tab. You can see that a copy will be made to this folder, and a maximum of these many versions will be kept before Final Draft starts overwriting the oldest copy. To change the backup folder, click here and choose the folder you prefer. No matter where you put your backup folder, here's a tip. Create an alias or shortcut to that folder and put it somewhere convenient: Your Finder sidebar, the desktop, wherever.
That way, if you do want to go back to a previous version, you won't have to drill three or four folders down to find your backups. And don't forget, just because Final Draft makes automatic backups for you doesn't mean you can forget about making your own backups of all your important data. To learn more about this, try the course macOS Sierra Essential Training. Or you can try Windows 10 Essential Training. The star method of revision marking has been around since scripts were written on typewriters by people who were also called typewriters.
It's just as critical to the writing process today. Thank goodness Final Draft has made the process auto-magical.
This course is a step-by-step, interactive journey that takes the aspiring screenwriter—or the pro who hasn't yet used Final Draft—from zero to sixty. While it doesn't cover every feature of this powerhouse software, it offers an overview of 80% of the tools a writer needs to go from outline to, well, final draft. Highlighted are the latest cutting-edge features in version 10 that enable brainstorming, alternate versions of dialog, and more. Your guide, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Roger S.H. Schulman, also offers insider tips and tricks to save time and improve the quality of scripts, and a bonus chapter on using Final Draft Writer on the iPad or iPhone—to take scripts wherever inspiration strikes.
- The history of screenwriting
- Basic script elements
- Reviewing the Final Draft user interface
- Customizing the Final Draft toolbar
- Using the new Beat Board
- Using index cards
- Creating your own macros
- Working with the Format Assistant
- Using the new Story Map
- Making revisions
- Importing and exporting scripts from Final Draft
- Working with Final Draft Writer for iOS