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Fixing Import Issues

Not all scripts are formatted the same way which means importing your lines may sometimes be inaccurate. ScriptBuddy offers several editing options to help fix parsing errors that you may identify such as mis-categorized line types and characters.

Lines

The importer uses a set of rules to determine the type of line (dialogue, stage direction/narrative, bookmark, or character name). If a line is incorrectly identified, you can easily change it to the correct type by swiping right on the line. You will see icons representing the line types available (dialogue, stage direction, bookmark, music cue, comment). Press the correct symbol to quickly change the line type. If you are choosing the "Dialogue" line type, the character will be set to the character of the previous line of dialogue in the script. You can also swipe left on a line and press the edit button to make additional modifications to the line.

ISSUE - Line Shows as Incorrect Type

FIX - Swipe Right on Line and Choose Correct Type

Characters

After importing your script, be sure to go into the "Characters" menu option for the script, and review the list of discovered characters. Below are some of the issues you may notice and how you can quickly fix them:

ISSUE- Incorrect Character: You may see a character name which does not look right. The importer discovers characters by looking for lines which are all capitalized, along with a few other rules, and sometimes gets it wrong. For example, you may see "THE SHOW MUST GO ON" as a character, when in fact you know this should be a line of dialogue. 

FIX​ - Swipe Right on Character Name and Press "Not a Character": Swiping right on any character name will reveal an action called "Not a Character". When you press this button, the character will be removed from the list of characters, and any script lines that were associated with this character will be merged with their previous script lines.

Example:

 

BEFORE FIX:

JOHN

When everything goes wrong before the play, we always say...

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

That's what we always say!

JANE

I've heard that before.

AFTER FIX:

JOHN

When everything goes wrong before the play, we always say...

THE SHOW MUST GO ON

That's what we always say!

JANE

I've heard that before.

ISSUE - Duplicate Character Names with Different Spelling: Sometimes character names are not consistent in a script due to nicknames, short forms, or typos.  Example "MR. SMITH" may appear as "MISTER SMITH" or "SMITH".

FIX - Select Multiple Roles or Merge Characters: This issue may only be a problem if you are trying to set this character as your role. ScriptBuddy allows you to set multiple roles by swiping left on a character name in the "Characters" menu and pressing "Set Role".

Alternatively, there is an option to merge characters together. Press the "Merge" button (two arrows at top of "Characters" menu screen). This option allows you to select multiple characters to merge together. All lines for the selected characters will be merged into one character name, and the duplicate character entries will be removed.

Example:

 

BEFORE FIX:

MR. SMITH

Jane, could you please pass the mustard?

JANE

Would you like the honey mustard or dijon?

MISTER SMITH

Do we have any plain yellow mustard?

 

AFTER FIX: (merge MR. SMITH and MISTER SMITH)

MR. SMITH

Jane, could you please pass the mustard?

JANE

Would you like the honey mustard or dijon?

MR. SMITH

Do we have any plain yellow mustard?

 

 

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