CLICK HERE for a free font from Hewlett
Packard that will give your screenplays that extra professional look.
Unzip the files into a temporary folder and use the Font Installer
under the Control Panel to install it in your system.
Download and unzip the required archives into a temporary folder on your
Copy the .DCT file(s) to the directory where you installed ScriptMaker.
When you invoke the spelling-checker, click on the Options button
when it appears, and then click on Add.
IMPORTANT Where a ZIP archive contains more than one .DCT
file, you should use ALL of them.
Creating PDFs with ScriptMaker
CutePDF can be used from within any application, including ScriptMaker, SLang
or Storyboard Tools. Essentially CutePDF installs a printer driver in your
system which allows you to "print" to a PDF.
Exporting to Final Draft™
It is perfectly possible to port your ScriptMaker scripts to
Final DraftTM. To do this you need to do the following:
From with ScriptMaker, export the script to RTF format.
From within Microsoft Word™ open the RTF file and select Save As
from the File menu. Save the file using the file-type Text Only (*.txt).
select Open from the File menu and change the
File-type to Text Documents (*.txt). When prompted to do so,
open the file as a script.
Now it's just a question of tidying up. There will be a spurious
character at the bottom of the script which you need to delete.
Also at the top of the script the title-page info should be deleted.
You should use the Title-page option from the Document menu
to re-do it. Note that Final Draft occasionally gets things wrong
when importing plain-text script-files. In particular, characters
with more than one word in their name sometimes get interpreted
erroneously as Action, as does the dialog text that follows it.
It is important, therefore, to go through the whole script
manually to weed out any errors.
Converting ScriptMaker XML files
Inexpensive shareware programs are available which can convert ScriptMaker
XML files into other formats including various word-processor formats for
PCs and MacIntosh.
One such tool is
ABC Amber XML Converter
which can take an XML file and an accompanying XSL stylesheet and convert
it into a variety of formats including PDF, RTF, TXT, HTML, a variety of
Word and WordPerfect formats for both PC and MacIntosh, a variety of
Microsoft Works formats, RFT-DCA, WordStar and Windows Write formats.
I have experimented with this software and it seems to work well, given
an XML file and XSL stylesheet. The example XSL stylesheet file supplied with
ScriptMaker might need tweaking but that's a fairly simple task. As regards
PDF export, perhaps the
route, as described above, to still preferable, but Amber Converter is still
a very powerful tool by the looks of things.
Perhaps now you understand why I wrote the XML stuff into ScriptMaker?