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    Default Unexpected file format on Final Draft

    Hi, first time user so I'd really appreciate your help...

    I am using final draft version 6. I have been working on and saving a file 'Brown Eyes Green - screenplay - 1st draft - 27th June 2006' for a week or so and have written about 25 pages.

    Today when I tried to open the file I got the message 'Unexpected File Format' and the file would not open. I did not save it any differently, nor have I been experiencing any problems with the final draft program - up until now of course.

    I am able to open every other file I have saved in final draft with no problems. I am using Windows 98, second edition, I am afraid I do not know the processing speed.

    Have I lost this file (please say no) or can I get it open somehow? Should I reinstall the final draft software, would that help?

    Regards and thanks in advance.

    Chris

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    Please help guys, I'm going spare here!! All my hard work has gone!

    Chris

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    Probably because no one here knows anything about the program.

    Did a simple google search

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&l...ms&btnG=Search

    I came up with this:

    http://finaldraft.custhelp.com/cgi-b...ead=1&p_page=1

    There are 32 pages for FAQ's, maybe they will have answer.

    Looks like you will have to cut paste the second address into you address bar.

    BG

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    Hi,

    Thank you for getting back to me. I ploughed through the final draft FAQ's but there was nothing there to help me.

    I can open my 'lost' document in Word, but it is all jumpled up symbols and such like. I assume this is my work though, so is there any way I can reformat the text to bring my old work back?

    The final draft website say that you can save your document as a different type of file so that it can be opened in Word, however to do that you need to open it in final draft first and resave it!

    This situation really does seem hopeless, but I'd hate to think there was no way of getting that document back when it is essentially sitting there in front of me.

    Any radical ideas would be great as I'm desperate.

    Many thanks.

    Chris

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    Did you have it set up make automatic back ups?:

    http://finaldraft.custhelp.com/cgi-b...i=&p_topview=1

    Have you tried their email support ?

    BG

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    Hi,

    I tried opening the document in Word, as the final draft people said, but it just comes up with nine pages of utter gibberish - some stuff about what a great font Ariel is or something.

    I'm left with a corrupt file that I can't seem to recover. It seems so frustrating. I must be able to get at it.

    I have no final draft back up of the file, but is there some way to get an earlier saved copy of my hard drive?

    With thanks.

    Chris

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    As this software is platform independent I am wondering if you saved the file in the wrong format. EG for a MAC whe you are using a PC.
    If this is the case then contact Final Draft and see if there is a conversion tool.

    I also noticed that the file can be saved in their own FD7 format which somehow remembers character names but you can also save it as TEXT (RTF ONLY) HTML and PDF.
    Have a look at your saved file and see what extension it has. I suggest that if you do recover this file save it as FD7, RTF and HTML. This way you leave yourself in a lot safer position and with the latter two formats the abilty to edit the file in alternative software.
    For final printing or sharing PDF is the best choice.
    Take control of your life. Leave others to control their own.

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    Default Unexpected file format in "Final Draft"

    I'm getting the "Unexpected File Format" error in Final Draft, too. My computer recently crashed and I had to do a restore of all the files on my external hard drive, a lot of which were in Final Draft.

    Now there are several files that I can't open because of the "Unexpected File Format" error. I've noticed that the ones I can't open are above 230 KB in size.

    Are there any programs that can compress FDR files? I've tried right-clicking on the files and choosing zip or compress, but this doesn't work.

    Thanks!

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    Wordswork, you have added to a thread from 2006!

    As Final Draft is a somewhat specialist program, I suspect the response will be similar to the above. Your best bet is to contact the software publishers.

    Good luck.

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    Yeah, I knew the thread was old, but I decided to try anyway. I can't get any support from the software manufacturer as they have discontinued support for my version of the program.

    I'm not sure it's a Final Draft-specific problem. I think it has something to do with windows.

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