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§ ‹Fade In›: A Quickstart Guide

I am an enthusiastic user and promoter of the screenwriting program ‹Fade In›. I have no business connection with the program. However, I thought so highly of ‹Fade In› that I wrote a short guide for how to obtain it and set it up. My enthusiasm for ‹Fade In› rests on a number of reasons.

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The QuickStart Guide is available as PDF files that have been optimized for various screen sizes.

‹Fade In›: QuickStart (US Letter)
The size is appropriate for computer screens and for standard US paper.
‹Fade In›: QuickStart (A4)
The size is appropriate for computer screens and for A4 paper.
‹Fade In›: QuickStart (A5)
The size is appropriate for large tablets.
‹Fade In›: QuickStart (C6)
The size is appropriate for medium tablets and larger phones.
‹Fade In›: QuickStart (A6)
The size is appropriate for smaller phones.

It is just never simple, folks. Sometimes, when you LEFT-CLICK a file, a browser may try to open the file instead of saving it (and what you see may be nonsense). It has to do with browser settings, but the matter is complicated. Fortunately, it is easy to work around this issue. Just RIGHT-CLICK a file and then select «Save Link As» (or something similar) from the pop-up menu.

§ Articles about ‹Fade In› Features

Bells and Whistles #1
Alternate Paragraphs (PDF)
Every paragraph in a screenplay belongs to a particular style (also called an «element»). With ‹Fade In› you can make changes to a paragraph element like Action or Dialogue and save the paragraph as an alternate version. ‹Fade In› also retains the original version. You can have multiple versions of a paragraph. The purpose of this feature is to allow you to come back later and choose which version you like best. You can easily cycle through the various versions of the paragraph and choose the one that you want. And, of course, you can further edit the version that you select.
The article also contains some instructions about alternate paragraphs in ‹Final Draft›. The essential difference between the two screenwriting programs in regard to this feature is that ‹Final Draft› only supports alternates for Dialogue.
Bells and Whistles #2
Scene Versions (PDF)
In the same way that ‹Fade In› lets you have alternate paragraphs, it also has a powerful feature that lets you save different versions of entire scenes.
Bells and Whistles #3
Using Fountain Text (PDF)
A Fountain document is simply screenplay text written in a text editor, like Notepad, with minimal formatting. The formatting consists almost entirely of things like capitalization of Scene Headings and Character names, and blank lines in the expected places (for example, between paragraphs of Action). ‹Fade In› imports Fountain text and converts it into a perfectly formatted screenplay. An impressive aspect of this support for Fountain is that you can even paste your Fountain text directly into an existing ‹Fade In› file with the ‹Paste as Fountain› option. Being able to paste directly is important, because it means that you can jot down bits and pieces of a script in a text editor and then later paste them into your script.
Bells and Whistles #4
File Comparison (PDF)
‹Fade In›, like many word processors, has the ability to compare two versions of a document. This feature is especially helpful when you have reworked a document slightly or moderately and you want to see the original and the revised versions in a combined form. It is sort of like seeing two documents side by side, but it is even better — because you have a single document that displays all the deletions and additions, and you can edit the combined document in whatever way you want.
Bells and Whistles #5
How to Create a Template (PDF)
The article deals mainly with creating templates in ‹Fade In›, but it also contains directions for creating them in ‹Final Draft›.

§ Templates

The ZIP version of a template is the same as the non-ZIP version. I included a ZIP file because ZIP files usually download without use of the RIGHT-CLICK workaround.

Updated on 2017.12.17.