More than likely, you will have already started writing your screenplay in another program, but it's ok. I forgive you. The following is therefore a guide on the best way to open your existing documents in Movie Draft so that you may carry on where you left off.
Movie Draft can open Microsoft Word documents but it's not foolproof. The *.doc file format is a proprietary file format. I have tried to reverse-engineer it as best as I can but it occasionally leaves a lot of formatting left for the user. Because of that, I'd recommend the above method instead.
If you're on the Mac:
But if you're not on a Mac, of if you experience difficulties, use the same method as described above for the *.doc file format.
Movie Draft can open and save Final Draft v8 documents natively. There are a few limitations, however - Dual Dialog is not currently supported, neither is the "General" scene element. If you have those in your script, please amend them for the time being.
Movie Draft can open Final Draft v5-7 documents but it's not foolproof. As with the .doc, the *.fdr file format is a proprietary file format. I have tried to reverse-engineer it as best as I can but it occasionally leaves a lot of formatting left for the user. Because of that, I'd recommend the above method instead.
The above will probably work for the older versions of Movie Magic Screenwriter too but I do not have a copy to verify this. If you do, please let me know.
Movie Draft can open SceneWriter Pro documents natively and will convert your "alternative scenes" to hidden scenes upon import.
If in doubt, save your document as a Plain Text (*.txt) file with all the formatting retained if possible.
Get a quick overview of Movie Draft's key features by watching the following video:View a 15 minute introduction to Movie Draft narrated by it's creator, Mark O'Neill