Most productions start with a script that serves as the basis for pre-production planning, production, editing, and ultimately the finished project. Adobe® Story, an online service, is a collaborative script development tool for creative professionals, producers, and writers. Adobe Story plays the starting role in the pre-production phase of a script-to-screen, metadata-driven workflow.

Adobe Story can be launched from a browser as an online application, or installed as a desktop application. The desktop application provides you with the option of working offline, and syncing up with the online version later.

Adobe Story workflow

Although the order of the tasks can vary depending on your requirement, using Adobe Story involves the following basic tasks:

Log in to Adobe Story

Launch Adobe Story using the URL http://www.adobe.com/go/adobestory. Log in to Adobe Story. If you are using Adobe Story for the first time, Sign Up for Adobe Story and then log in using your ID.

Create a project

Projects are containers for scripts, and documents related to a script such as character biographies and synopses. For more information, see Projects. Creating projects for your scripts and documents help organize them better. If you do not create a project, a default project is used to store your scripts and documents.

You can organize projects into categories, and archive projects that you do not access frequently.

Add/edit scripts

Create scripts, or import scripts from other formats such as text, PDF, Microsoft Word, Final Draft®, and Movie Magic® into Adobe Story. For more information, see Scripts and free form documents.

The various tools in Adobe Story help ensure that your script is compliant with industry standards.

Share scripts for collaboration or review

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

Story enables you to co-write and edit as a team. You can assign roles to various production team members, giving you control over who can read, review, or modify the script. For more information, see Sharing, commenting, and collaborating.

Create shooting script

Create a shooting script out of your current script by adding information such as shot elements, shot numbers, and shot duration. For more information, see Shooting scripts.

Tag scripts

Available for: Adobe Story Plus

Tag words and phrases in your document associated with production items such as location, cast, prop, and equipment. You can apply multiple tags to such words or phrases. For more information, see Tagging .

Export your script

Export your scripts in various formats such as PDF, Microsoft Excel, and the Adobe Story native format (ASTX).

Integrate your script with Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium

Leverage the metadata in your script in Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium CS6 applications to reduce production time. For more information, see Integration with Creative Suite.

Workspace

The Adobe Story application has three views: Home, Projects, and Authoring.

When you log in to Adobe Story, the home page is displayed first. The home page contains various resources to help you get started, and provide feedback on the application.

To resize the application to fit the entire space on your monitor, click the Full Screen icon.

To exit the full screen mode, press the Escape (Esc) key.

To navigate among the three views, use the corresponding links in the top menu bar.

If the Authoring icon is disabled, click Projects. The option is disabled when you do not have a script open for editing/authoring.

Double-click a script in the Projects view to open it in the Authoring view. If there are a number of scripts opening in the Authoring view, their total number is displayed next to the Authoring option.

The three views in Adobe Story. The Authoring view is disabled until you open a document from the Projects view.

A. Home view B. Projects view C. Authoring view (disabled status) 

Projects view

Click Projects on the top bar to launch the Projects view. You can create and manage your projects and categories in this view.

You can perform the following tasks in the Projects view.

  • Create new projects.

  • Add new scripts, or import scripts into projects. Double-click a script in the project to open it in the Authoring view.

  • Add scripts to projects, and add projects to categories.

  • Add documents associated with a script, such as character biographies and synopses to a project.

  • Add links that you use frequently when working on projects.

  • Get information about a script, such as the title, the author, and who it's shared with.

Projects view

A. Projects menu B. List of projects C. Option to add links D. Option to view archived projects E. Deleted items F. Sync issues G. Option to generate production reports H. Option to manage lists I. Option to create a new document, such as script or schedule J. Option to share a document K. Full screen L. Options to import, duplicate, and delete documents M. Columns displaying information about documents in the project 

Customize columns in the Projects view

The columns provide information about the documents in a project. Click the downward arrow icon to select columns that you want to hide or display.

Customizing column display

Authoring view

Do one of the following to open the authoring view:

  • Double-click a script/document in the Projects view.

  • Click Authoring in the top bar. This option is enabled if you have at least one open script in the Authoring view.

You can perform the following tasks in the Authoring view.

  • Create, edit, review, and share scripts and related documents, such as character biographies, and synopses.

  • Create shooting scripts.

  • Tag scripts.

  • Import and export scripts in various formats.

  • Print scripts.

  • Generate breakdown reports

Authoring view

A. Menu bar B. Tabbed script panel C. Scene outline panel D. Dots indicating character elements E. Find options F. Scene Properties panel G. Link to view notifications H. Reports shortcut I. Comments panel J. Full Screen K. Scene elements menu L. Tagging panel M. Editing panel 

Enter the page number in the option at the bottom of the workspace to jump to the desired page.

Unlocking Adobe Story

Adobe Story gets locked if you have not worked on it for more than 30 minutes. To unlock the application, click Unlock.

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