Scene Partner relies on the text of your script to produce its amazing results. The text of your script will be stored in your Private Library in plain text with UTF–8 encoding, which is the most widely used and versatile text format for the web, operating systems, and software applications. However, it is by no means universal.
Whether you use the conversion utility provided on the Scene Partner site or convert the file using your own methods, your script must be in plain text format (.txt) with UTF–8 encoding for use in Scene Partner. You will get the best results by converting the script to a text file with UTF–8 encoding using the application that created it (e.g. Microsoft® Word, Adobe® Acrobat, etc). The “Save As” function in your program will normally provide a “Plain Text (*.txt)” option.
In Microsoft Word, for example, choose the “Plain Text (*.txt)” option and save the file to your computer.
Before completing the save, Word will provide the following dialogue box.
Change the encoding option from “Windows (Default)” to “Other encoding:” and then select “Unicode (UTF–8)” from the list.
If your software program does not have a UTF–8 encoding option, then you can typically open the new .txt file in a text editor and save it with UTF–8 encoding.
Then upload that new .txt file using the browse function on the Script Upload page.
The conversion utility provided on this site can be used if you do not have the program that created the original script file. The conversion utility supports the following file formats - plain text (.txt), Word (.doc), PDF (accessible format), rtf, and html. The conversion utility does not support the newer Word docx. format. Please save these newer Word files in the older .doc file format before uploading them to the Scene Partner conversion utility. Files cannot exceed 8MB in size.
Due to the many file formatting options that exist today, no file conversion process will be perfect. Our conversion utility is no exception. It converts files to plain text format (.txt) with UTF–8 encoding, and displays all of the alphabetical characters, as well as apostophes, quotes and other non–alphabetical characters in your script. Most conversions to UTF–8 encoding using our conversion utility will require some additional manual editing in order to clean up the appearance of strange characters or combinations of characters that sometimes get added to the file during conversion. In addition, some software programs will include page or section breaks. These breaks should be deleted from the file prior to upload.
We have found that you can often get good results by just copying and pasting the text from your document into the script review screen on the Upload Confirmation page. To do this, copy the text from your original document by clicking “Select All” then “Copy.”
To get a blank script review screen, just leave the “Script to Convert” field blank and select “Upload Files.” Then right click with your mouse to bring up the “Paste” option or use your keyboard short cut (Windows: Ctrl + V, Mac: Cmd + V) to Paste the files into the empty script review screen.
However you choose to upload your script to your Private Library, please be aware that Scene Partner requires the text of your script in order to deliver the advanced text to speech functionality, the amazing script parsing and the convenient editing functions that make it such a powerful and useful tool for actors. Scene Partner will not work with files that are only images or pictures of your script, such as jpegs, tiffs, pngs, and certain PDF files that are not saved in an accessible format. To learn more about how to save a PDF as an accessible file, please see Adobe’s Acrobat documentation at: http://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/pdfs/acro6_pg_ue.pdfScript Conventions Return to Script Upload Page