I commonly use shift-returns to force a line break within paragraphs so as not to create a new paragraph. When I compile a draft and open it in Final Draft 8 any paragraph with a shift-return in it is not included.
This has 100% reproduction for me. It’s going to mean a long night… sigh
Mac OS X 10.6.2
2.8 GHz Intel Core i7
Scrivener version 1.53
Final Draft 8.0.0 build 81
File -> New Project
Fill in a Project Name
Select “Scene 1”
Write a paragraph of text normally in the “Action” format.
Write the same paragraph and somewhere within it include a shift-return to force a line break.
File -> Compile Screenplay
Select “Export Format -> Final Draft 5-7 File Convertor (FCF)”
Give the file a name to Save As:
Open the exported file with Final Draft
Notice the 2nd paragraph with the shift-return within it does not appear in the document.
BTW: Compiling the screenplay as Final Draft 8 (FDX) and attempting to open it in Final Draft results in an error message within Final Draft; “This file is not compatible with this version of Final Draft.”