Text mangled in Final Draft - is that the Final Answer
April 23, 2014 2:31 PM Subscribe
A non-geeky friend just called me asking if I had any knowledge of Final Draft - to which the answer is "minimally" - and asked for help, which I was unable to provide, in recovering or repairing a file. I am now wondering if there is something I didn't think of...
posted by running order squabble fest to Computers & Internet (4 answers total)
Long story short, and assembled as best I can from the second-hand account, they were using Final Draft when suddenly, and apparently without warning, it deleted a sizeable chunk of text and garbled other parts into incomprehensibility. They attempted to undo with CMD-Z, but apparently to no avail, and then saved the draft under a new name to try to reconstruct it.
I did a little searching and found that Microsoft Word could still be used to recover the text of corrupted files (but this file could still be opened - it was just spindled), and also that it kept backups, which were stored in the Application Support folder.
However, unfortunately, these backups dated only to the moment that everything went kablooey (possibly because the friend then saved the file under a few different names, to try to recover and recontruct the content).
I then had them check Documents (because I am old enough to remember FD on OS 9, and you never know...), and enable viewing of hidden files, again on the off chance, to check the Application Support/Final Draft/Backups folder. Again, no luck.
("Does anyone have a good, simple Mac-to-Mac remote client" may be my next week's question...)
So, I guess my first question is how might a thing like this happen? Olde Worlde FD had some corruption issues, but that usually made files unreadable (I did recover the file in Word, again for old times' sake, but not to any great effect). Sadly, the report of the one witness is light on technical detail. And also, is/was there anything else to be tried to recover the content or layout of the document?
Mass-produced snowflake details - Mac OS 10.8, MacBook Pro from about 2011, Final Draft 8... details otherwise a bit thin on the ground...