Final Draft files in Trados 2011
Thread poster: Lucy Williams

Lucy Williams  Identity Verified
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Jan 22, 2014

Has anybody used Final Draft (screenwriting) files in Trados 2011?

Is it relatively straightforward? I've just been asked by my main client if I can use Final Draft but I'm not sure if it will work with Trados and I need to use my exisiting TMs.

Thanks


 

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I reckon so... Jan 23, 2014

... based on some quick tests. I downloaded a trial of Final Draft and the files save as *.FDX files. But these seem to be simple xml files, and the quick tests I did were quite simple to handle with a custom xml... I can send it to you if you want to test it?

Looking at the help it also seems possible to export to RTF and a few other formats, but I think the XML based FDX is going to be the best format to use.

Maybe ask your client for a couple of test files and have
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... based on some quick tests. I downloaded a trial of Final Draft and the files save as *.FDX files. But these seem to be simple xml files, and the quick tests I did were quite simple to handle with a custom xml... I can send it to you if you want to test it?

Looking at the help it also seems possible to export to RTF and a few other formats, but I think the XML based FDX is going to be the best format to use.

Maybe ask your client for a couple of test files and have a go?

Regards

Paul
pfilkin@sdl.com
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Lucy Williams  Identity Verified
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Practice files Jan 25, 2014

Thanks Paul,

I've asked the client to send me some files so I can try your suggestions. I'll let you know how I get on.

Lucy


 

Lucy Williams  Identity Verified
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FDX and XML files Jan 28, 2014

Hi Paul,

I've got a test file in Final Draft from the client. What do you think the best thing to do is, do I save it as a xml file and then open it that way in Trados? I'm a bit lost.

Thanks

Lucy


 

SDL Community  Identity Verified
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It’s already XML.. Jan 28, 2014

Hi Lucy,

The fdx file is xml already, but is just called fdx. So if you create a new xml filetype in Studio and tell it to use the fdx extension that all will be well. I have some settings for this I created as a quick test so can provide this to you if you like or you’re unsure of what to do?

Regards

Paul


 

Lucy Williams  Identity Verified
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Yes please Jan 28, 2014

That would be great Paul, if it's not too much trouble.

 

Kallie Translation
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Final draft workaround? Jun 4, 2020

Hi! Bumping this thread even though it's super old. Using Studio 2019, can anyone explain how to create a new xml file type to use the fax extension? I'm not having any luck. Thanks!

 

Wendy Gosselin  Identity Verified
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Importing an FDX file in Studio 2019 Aug 13, 2020

So I managed to do this successfully but simply clicking on the file name and adding .XML at the end. Windows warned me the program might be unusable if I did this but I went ahead and created a project in Studio with it and--hurray! Studio lifted the file with no problem. Unfortunately, the segments were split horribly (in some cases, a single word was a single segment) so I ultimately got the script-writing client to export the FDX to RTF and then worked from that file.
Hope this helps!


 


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