This document introduces the latest features and enhancements in Adobe Story.
Click a release milestone on the timeline below to quickly navigate to a list of key features in that release.
New features | March 2015 release
The March 2015 release of Adobe Story ships with the following enhancements and bug fixes:
- New customizations under the General tab of the Template dialog:
- Display a box around From and To fields
- Display the camera info line below the From field in a scene
- Customize the Header/Footer delimiter of the Episode-Scene option
- Customize the distance between the Camera Number and the Camera Position of a Camera shot
- New option added while creating the Camera Cards report to modify the behavior of As Directed shots
- Other critical bug fixes
New features | February 2015 release
The February 2015 release of Adobe Story ships with the following enhancements and bug fixes:
- When you select Show Camera Tops & Tails On All Pages on the Template > General tab, the first page of every scene displays camera tops & tails.
- Bug fixes:
- Fixed an issue with PDF export from AV documents
- Fixed some scenarios in which tagging data was not updated upon document refresh
- Fixed an issue in fetching user data from the offline store of the AIR app in cases where the email ID has changed for the user
- Fixed an issue where the reviewer was able to add a sound box leading to a crash. Reviewers are now prevented from adding sound boxes.
- Other critical bug fixes
New features | December 2014 release
You can now change the default font, font size, font color, and other font attributes of the camera shot and Video Tape text elements.
Camera Info (Above Line): Affects the following camera shot text elements:
- Text above camera line for Shot Line, As Directed, Isolated Shot, Pick-Up Shot, Recording Break, Video Tape
- Camera Field [Shot Development, Camera Reposition]
Camera Info (Below Line): Affects the following camera shot text elements:
- Text below camera line for Shot Line, As Directed, Isolated Shot, Pick-Up Shot, Video Tape
- Description field [Shot Development, Camera Reposition]
Font Size (Vision Beats and Bars) (General tab): You can now change the font size of the Vision Beats and Bars text.
- Critical bugs fixed around page breaks in the document. Existing documents might still exhibit the page break related issues. New documents created afresh from templates won't have page break-related issues.
- Issue: Focus jumps from Scene Characters element to TOD on refresh
- Issue: Find-Replace not working properly in a scenario
- Removed Beta from Script Templates
- Removed Beta from Report Templates
New features | September 2014 release
At times, you may have a requirement to start camera shot numbering from a specific number—say 200. You can achieve that now by using custom camera shot numbers.
Do the following to enter a custom camera shot number for an existing Camera Shot:
- Click the text above the camera shot to launch the Camera Shot dialog.
- In the Camera Shot dialog, select Custom Number.
- Enter the number and then click OK.
The custom camera shot number is anchored and enclosed in square brackets—for example, . Subsequent camera shots are auto-incremented.
For more information, see Cut lines.
While creating reports such as Shooting Order Script, you can choose to maintain the custom shot numbers assigned in the source script or let the shots renumber automatically. Shot number settings from the Shooting Order script are carried forward in other reports created using the script.
The following customization options are now available for templates:
Allow In-Line Tab Spacing (Paragraph Tab): The default Story behavior when you press the Tab key is to change the element type as defined in the Shortcuts setting in the Template dialog box. However, for a particular element type, if the Allow In-Line Tab Spacing option is enabled, when you press the hitting the Tab key, tab spaces are entered at the cursor position instead of changing the element type.
This setting is useful when you need to type a lot of tab spaces within scripts, such as the Music Beats script and the Bars script. This option is available for all element types, except for the following: Scene Heading, Shot, Scene Time, Characters In Scene, Extras, Start of Part, End of Part, From And To, Sticky, and Additional Info.
Extend Recording Break Text Across Page (General Tab): When this option is enabled, the Recording Break text extends across the page along the recording break line. Therefore, more Recording Break text visible on the page. We recommend you enter the recording breaks in a new line while using this feature.
Sticky & Additional Info (Text tab): You can set the font, font size, font color, and other font attributes for the Sticky and Additional Info box from the Text tab in the template.
- If you select the Boxed option while adding Additional Information, a rectangular border appears around the text.
- Vision Beats and Bars are now center aligned.
- You can now create camera cards for a group of cameras. For example, 1-3, 2, etc.
- You can now choose to display or hide Vision Beats/Bars camera shots (View > Camera Shots > Vision Beats/Bars).
- AIR issue: If the user is offline and the primary address changes, offline user data vanishes on next login
- Allowing "-" for the Programme ID field under Series Info
- Issue: Exporting AV scripts to the .txt format
- Issue: Text gets indented when Additional Info is added
- Errors with camera card numbering
- Cumulative running time for the closing title now appears on the timings report
- Issue: The user is unable to key up on a line break added on an empty line
New features | April 2014 release
- Vision beats and bars: You can now enter vision beats and bars to cue camera shots or other vision items using a piece of music. Vision beats and bars are displayed to the left side of the script. See Vision beats and bars.
- Sound elements: You can now enter sound elements when you want to cue music or sound. A solid vertical line is automatically drawn from a sound InPoint to the sound OutPoint. See Sound and sound info elements.
- Customized multiple line headers and footers: You can now enter multiple lines in the document header and footer. You can choose what fields to display in the left, center, and right side of each row for the header/footer, as well as how many rows you want displayed. See Multiple-line headers and footers.
- Ability to rename/add/delete element types from a template: You can now decide to add/remove element types from your script and give them customized names to which your production crew can relate better.
- Camera Cards report from the script and the Shooting Order script: In addition to schedules, you can now generate camera cards from the shooting order script and from the source scripts. See Production reports.
- Page setup option in template: Film or TV script templates now store page settings. Any scripts created from the template reflect these default page settings.
- Part Break Duration: You can now associate duration with a part break. You can also now enter the Opening Title Duration and Closing Title duration in Film and TV scripts. This information is calculated and the cumulative running time is automatically updated based on these values in the script as well as in the timings report. See Enter the Opening Title, Closing Title, and the Part Break Duration.
- Script On-Air Time: You can now enter the Script On-Air Time in film and TV scripts. See Enter the Script On-Air Time.
New features | January 2014 update
- The following dialogs now provide copy and paste functionality: Camera Shot, Video Tape, and Recording Break.
For example, the Copy Camera option lets you copy shot information. Later, you can use the Paste Camera option to copy this shot information to a new camera shot.
- You can now hide the disabled characters in the character list by selecting the Hide Disabled Items option in the Character List dialog. These hidden characters are ignored in character search results and not displayed. This setting is saved as preference at a user level.
- While dragging and dropping items in the Projects view, the drop target is visually indicated.
- Usability enhancements to make the Project and Category Rename/Delete options clearer. It is now clearly indicated whether the action is being taken on a project or a category.
- You can now reuse sharing information between projects. Simply launch the Share Project dialog for a project shared with other users and click Copy Sharing. Now, launch this dialog again for another project and click Paste Sharing to copy the sharing information.
- Renamed column headers in schedules for enhanced usability:
- S. Start to Start Time (Shooting)
- S. End to End Time (Shooting)
- S. Dur to Duration (Shooting)
- You can now format the text attributes of the text in the From and To fields in a TV script template. In the Authoring view, select Edit > Template. Now, select From And To from the left pane and then open the Text tab.
- You can selectively display or hide camera shots of different types (View > Camera Shots).
- You can now add the current date to the script header or footer (Production > Modify Header/Footer). The current date is included when you print the script.
- While working with TV script templates, you can now customize the view settings of a scene header to include a user-defined prefix before scene numbers. You can choose to display the Episode Number/Scene Number combination or just the Scene Number before the scene heading. For example, SCENE 4509/1 and SCENE 4509/2, where SCENE is user input and 4509 is the episode number. To invoke this option, in the Authoring view, select Edit > Template > General.
- The Manage List and Assign List dialogs have been redesigned for better usability.
- Depending upon your organization’s production requirements, you can create a custom report list by choosing a report template from the set of factory report templates. Once a custom report list is attached to a project, only the report templates added to the custom report list are displayed in the reports dialog.
- You can now configure Story to recognize Ctrl+number (1-5) key inputs as keyboard shortcuts for entering Camera Shots with camera numbers 1 through 5. In the Preferences, select Keyboard Shortcuts > Camera Shots. The preference is set only at a user level.
New features | September 2013 update
- You can now export or import lists in the XML format. See Character, actor, and set lists for details.
New features | May 2013 update
- You can insert sticky notes to add text annotations. You can also drag a sticky note to any location within the page.
- The Sync Schedule dialog now lists changes only for the properties that you’ve chosen to view.
- You can edit tags after entering them.
- You can export the resource conflict results between two schedules as HTML.
- The Manage Scene Numbers, Manage Dialog Numbers, and Manage Camera Shot Numbers dialog boxes are now simplified.
- You can export project data (lists, scene properties, and schedules) as XML.
- You can choose a font size (Small, Medium, Large) in schedules.
- You now have greater flexibility with layout while printing schedules.
- You can choose whether you want to display Revision Start Date or Last Modified Date in the header and footer for production revisions.
- You can see a list of users with whom a project is shared. Invitees who haven’t yet accepted a share request are listed as well.
- When you click the word count in the status bar, you can view the dialog word count in the current script.
Features in older updates
- You can now lock camera shot numbers and insert A, B shot numbers.
- Story now has a new script element—the speaking extra.
- You can now collapse days in a schedule much like you can collapse acts in the Outline panel of a script.
- You can now print multiple non-contiguous scenes from a script. For example, you can select and print scenes 5, 8, 23, and 28.
- You can now filter the schedule view for a particular scene, character, or other relevant attributes.
- When you return to a project, you find it exactly the way you'd left it:
- Visible columns
- Column widths
- Column order
- Column sorting
- You can now create scene-level tags directly in a schedule.
- You now have the option to display scene numbers in headers and footers.
- The project admin now receives a notification when a Set or Character master list is modified.
- You can now import .FDR/.FDX files into Story as TV scripts.
- Several critical bug fixes