Frequently asked questions
What are Highland’s system requirements?
Highland requires a Mac with OS X 10.7 (Lion) or greater.
Highland says it isn't allowed to print my document. What's going on?
Some users have encountered an odd print error with version 1.7.2. If you have any issues, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org click Highland Support on the right and we can get you sorted. In the meantime, we recommend exporting as PDF and printing the file using Preview.
Can Highland import any Final Draft file?
Highland imports and exports only Final Draft files in FDX format. Older FDR files need to be saved as FDX using Final Draft 8 before being opened in Highland.
Does Highland melt all screenplay PDFs?
No. Highland is remarkably successful at melting screenplay PDFs down to editable files – but not all screenplay PDFs are created equal.
Some apps create really strange PDFs. From Mac to Windows to Linux, there are hundreds of apps that create PDFs, and some of them make unusual choices when encoding the file. We’ve focussed on getting great results with PDFs generated by the most popular screenwriting applications, including:
- Final Draft
- Movie Magic Screenwriter
- Fade In
Some PDFs are essentially photos of pages. Highland has no built-in optical character recognition (OCR), so there may be no text to work with. But don’t despair: third-party OCR apps can often come to the rescue.
Can Highland convert a printed screenplay?
Yes, with some third-party help.
Highland doesn’t do any scanning itself. We recommend you use the software comes with your scanner, and save the file as a PDF. If you’re looking for a scanner, we’re partial to the ScanSnap by Fujitsu.
If your scanning software doesn’t do OCR, we’ve had great success with Prizmo for the Mac. Hole-punches, creases, marks on paper, and slanted text can confound a computer, and we’ve found Prizmo to be quite good at sorting it out.
Once you have a scanned PDF with OCR applied, just drag it into Highland. Depending on your equipment and setup, you may find you need to tweak settings on your scanner or OCR software, but once you’ve gotten one screenplay done, you can do dozens.
Converting a decades old stack of pages into a freshly-formatted PDF in crisp Courier Prime, or a Fountain file ready for editing can be a uniquely thrilling experience. (If you’re a script nerd.)
I imported a PDF or FDX file, but something looks wrong. Who do I contact?
It's always helpful to give us as much information as possible if you run into an issue:
What type of file it is (e.g. PDF, FDX)
What version of Mac OS you’re using.
What version and build of Highland you’re using.
Error codes to note what may have gone wrong.
Can I use Highland with Google Drive & Google Docs?
Yes! Fountain files are just plain text files, making it the ideal format for sharing and collaborating using online editors like Google Docs.
To get started, simply create a new document in Google Drive and begin writing using Fountain syntax for formatting.
Moving a Google Doc into Highland
When you’re ready to turn your document into a PDF or FDX file, copy and paste the text into a new Fountain document in Highland.
You can also download a plain text copy of your file from Google Docs by clicking "File" > "Download as" > "Plain Text (.txt)". Drag the downloaded file into Highland to open. If Highland is your default application for Fountain files, you can also change the file’s extension from .txt to .fountain and double-click the file.
Unfortunately, Google Docs adds extra line breaks throughout the file. These extra line breaks won’t effect Highland’s ability to convert your file to PDF or FDX, but they can be annoying in editing. To avoid them, download your file in Rich Text Format by clicking "File" > "Download as" > "Rich Text Format (.rtf)". Highland is able to open these files as well.
Note: A .rtf file is not a plain text file. Always be sure that your document is a plain text file when using the .fountain file extension.
Editing an existing Fountain document in Google Docs
If you have a Fountain file you’d like to upload to Google Drive for editing, it’s important to change the file’s extension from .fountain to .txt before uploading. Choose "Convert uploaded files to Google Docs format" in Google’s upload settings so you can edit your file.
If you already have a .txt file on Google Drive, you can edit the file by checking the box next to your file, and clicking "More" > "Open with" > "Google Docs".
Do I have to use Courier Prime?
Use any courier you like. Courier Prime is just our favorite. To change Highland’s default courier, click "Highland" > "Preferences" and select the courier you like.
Remember, this setting will effect preview mode and PDF output only. When opening a Highland-created FDX file in Final Draft, it will be displayed in that application’s default font.
What happened to my starred revisions?
Highland isn’t designed to do everything that software like Final Draft does. When you open a FDX file in Highland, it’s converted to Highland’s native language----Fountain.
As a general rule of thumb, FDX files created by Highland will not contain features that aren’t supported by the fountain spec.
As Fountain continues to evolve, expect more of these features to be included in Highland as well.
Fountain is confusing. How do I embolden text again?
For your convenience, Highland comes with a built-in Fountain cheat sheet. To display it, click "View" > "Show Fountain Cheat Sheet".
For even more information on Fountain’s syntax, visit fountain.io/syntax. Don’t worry–you’ll get the hang of Fountain in no time!
Is there an easy way to navigate to a specific page Highland?
Sure! Just click the little page icon in the upper-left corner of the Highland window and you can hop to any page of your document instantly.
How do I report a bug or suggest a feature?
How do I add both Screenplay by and Story by credits on the title page?
The easiest way is to add the extra lines in the Author block:
Title: _**GUNS & BUTTER**_ Credit: written by Author: Robin Liu story by Robin Liu & Lou Robbins Draft date: 1/20/2012 Contact: Next Level Productions 55 Fake St. Solvang, CA 93463
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