formatting question please

so i now have a bunch of scenes that im happy with… id like to keep them on separate index cards so i could possibly change their order - but id like to also tie them together in a single script - is there a means to view my individual scene (index cards) as a continuous script - or do i have to cut and paste each individual card into each other / thereby losing the ability to move them around. im still learning the program… thank u for any help.

Select all the documents you want to view together and then switch to Scrivenings mode by clicking the left-most button in the pillbox in the toolbar (should look like a group of papers together) or by choosing View>Scrivenings (or Cmd-1). This will show the text of all the documents together, separated by divider lines. (Since you’re working with a script, if you’re using page view to get an estimate of page counts, you may want to change the divider style so that there’s no additional space added. Go to Scrivener>Preferences:Formatting and check the box at the bottom to “Separate with single line breaks”.)

This is one of Scrivener’s coolest features. :wink: You can reorder the scenes and see how they work together as a whole without having to cut and paste! It’s brilliant.

Just for extra clarity, this will show you the combined main text of the documents, not the combined synopses. The writing that is actually on the index card is the synopsis, not the main text. The best way to view long synopses together would probably be in outliner, just showing titles and synopses. But if you have your actual scenes on the cards–ie, visible in the corkboard–then really you’re going to want to move the text into the document itself.

it truly is brilliant - i completely agree - and your suggestion worked flawlessly – im still learning as i go / ive written five scripts using final draft but i much prefer scrivener… this is my first writing with this program… im struggling a bit trying to get up to speed… little things bug me - like how do i “center” the character names on the page, instead of having them indented properly but left-justified… it just looks “wrong”… kind of thing ---- but overall, this is the most amazing writing program ive encountered. thanks for all your help - cheers ! tm (it’s raining in los angeles at the moment)

Check out Format>Scriptwriting>Script Settings… You can pick the Character element, go to the Paragraph tab, and make the alignment center. :slight_smile:

i did that but it doesnt change the character or parenthetical alignment from left to center as i thought it might… even after i selected “all” and changed it from left to center alignment for both the character and parenthetical elements… it’s a minor thing - and also my producer is asking me to send a draft that has scene numbers on the slug lines but i dont know how to do that yet, so i may have to just export out to FD and then add scene numbers and center-align my character names… thank u again - you’ve been most helpful.

Are all of your slug lines prefaced by EXT. or INT.? If so, you might be able to sneak in a counter token in front of every slug line during compile. Won’t hurt to try, as compiling doesn’t do anything to the source. In the Replacements compile option pane, try setting up a pair like this: “EXT.” -> “<$n>. EXT.” Then a second one for INT. Make sure to also use the whole word and case sensitive options, so “…next.” doesn’t end up with a number in the middle of it and half all-caps.

A more permanent way of doing this would be the Project Replace tool to inject the counter tokens in the actual script. It would be fairly easy to strip them all out later by doing a third replace looking just for the "<$n>. " pattern, assuming you don’t use tokens elsewhere.

that sounds like an interesting approach - ill give it a try - thanks for the suggestion !

Amber … I hadn’t thought of doing that for scene numbers. I can see that whole idea might come in very useful for some things.

TM - Just to clarify something …

In conventional script format, ‘character’ elements aren’t centred: they’re indented to the middle of the page so they all start at say, 2.5 inches in regardless of the length of the name. That’s what FD does, and normally that’s what Scriv does too. Ditto parentheticals, just not quite as far.

There’s a big difference between how Scriv handles formatting and how FD (or in my case MMS) does it. Keith’s explained in the ins and outs somewhere, but the upshot is that in Scriv (and other OS X text editor-based applications), changing a Style won’t make it change the existing text automatically, just subsequent text. You have to re-apply the changed Style to make it take effect.

It can be a bit of a pain if you tweak ‘element’ settings in scripts, and it can affect whether Scriv recognises imports and cut-and-pasted text as script elements. (Again if you search this forum there’s a far more coherent explanation of why this is). If you save the changed script templates in the Script Settings dialogue, those changes get applied then. Mostly. It’s a still a little hit and miss in my experience and in general it’s better to leave formatting niceties till I’m done, at which point I sort them out in MMS, which is designed for that kind of thing.

Scriv’s designed for pounding stuff out. I’d always do the final formatting/spelling/proofing pass in MMS, or FD.

thank u… ill let FD do the final formatting as u suggest.

Just to clarify: You can set it up so that character names are centred, using the Format > Scriptwriting > Script Settings panel (although, as has been mentioned, it’s not standard for character names to be be centred - in standard screenplay format they should be left-aligned and start 3.5 inches from the left of the page, thus in Scrivener they start 2.5 inches across, as it expects a 1" page margin).

Also, when you change the script settings, a sheet will appear asking you if you want to change all the script elements in the text throughout the project, so you don’t need to go through and update everything manually.

All the best,