| Thursday January 21 2010 2:36 am | Comments (16)

Add Scripts to My Scripts

There are two ways to add scripts to Rehearsal, and we’ll show you how to use the Forwarded script in just a moment.

You can, immediately from the email message in which your script arrived, open the PDF file directly in Rehearsal. Here’s how:

Just tap on the PDF of the script itself, and when it opens, tap the Action Sheet icon (it looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it) and choose Open in Rehearsal 2. If another app is at the top of the list, tap Open in… and then choose Rehearsal 2 from the list that pops up. The PDF will automatically open in Rehearsal 2 and off you go. You’ll find that Rehearsal 2 is now your default “Open in…” app.

NOTE: if you manage to collect 10 or more apps on your device that can read PDFs, new apps that can read PDFs (like your newly-added Rehearsal 2) won’t appear on the “Open in…” list, until you delete enough of the apps to allow Rehearsal 2 onto the list (thanks to Rehearsal user Peter, who thought Rehearsal wasn’t available – but once he got rid of a few apps that were in the list, Rehearsal appeared).

That’s the easy way, but not the safest.

(And before we go any further, there will come a time when you want to delete a script from your collection. Here’s how: From the main menu, tap on My Scripts. Tap the Edit button in the upper right hand corner, then tap the red Delete circle to the left of the name of the script you want to delete. Then confirm by tapping on the Delete button that appears to the right of the script.)

You can also continue to open your scripts the way you always have in older versions of Rehearsal by forwarding the email message that contains your script to your special “script+username” email address you were assigned when you registered. We suggest you do this no matter what, even if you’ve already opened your script directly from the message. Why? Because we provide a backup in case your iDevice (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch) dies, is damaged, suffers an irreparable crash or the like. You can do both, and you’ll get a reminder when you open the script directly.

Let’s get back to your forwarded script. Launch Rehearsal. Rehearsal’s main menu looks like this:

Tap on Add New Scripts. Rehearsal will “poll” the server, looking for anything new. If it doesn’t find anything, you’ll see this – a reminder where to send things:

Otherwise, you’ll see a list of scripts on the server – here’s a typical list, including that Shakespeare script we just sent over:

Note that second script, boxcar-bob.pdf – that was already there from an earlier audition. We don’t get rid of your scripts until you delete them with the Edit button.

Now that you see the script got to Rehearsal in good shape, it’s time to preview it confirm it’s the script you want, and Add it to your script library.

Tapping on the title of the script brings up a preview of the script itself, just to be sure:

That’s the one. Tap in the Add to My Scripts button, lower left on your screen, and your script will be added, and will be ready for use. It may take a moment, and Rehearsal will keep you posted on it’s progress:

Next, you’ll be given a chance to name the script something different than the PDF’s file name:

Once you’re done renaming your script, Rehearsal adds it to My Scripts, and presents it to you, ready to rehearse with:

Next:  Scrolling, Pinching and Pulling


  1. Comment by Ethyn — March 6, 2010 @ 9:19 am

    I LOVE THISS(38 S’s excised for editing purposes)SSSSSS !!!!(982 exclamation points excised for editing purposes)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Comment by Michael LeMelle — May 27, 2010 @ 3:42 pm

    I am thrilled to get to use this program but having trouble… This is where it gets complicated for me during the “Add” sequence. Every time I try to add my script there is a message that says Create an account in the Sandbox Environment. How do I do this and what exactly is it?

    Thank you for your time,


  3. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — May 29, 2010 @ 12:46 pm


    This generally indicates a jailbroken iPhone.


  4. Comment by Ulrike Lodwig — December 6, 2010 @ 1:19 am

    Hey David,
    I am also thrilled to get to use this program, but I still have problems login into my existing account – and I don’t have a jailbroken iPhone ;-). Username and Password are correct, but nevertheless it shows me: “Login Error. There was a problem logging in. Username or password is invalid.”
    What can I do being able to use this wonderful app?
    Thank you for your time

  5. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — December 6, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    Have you tried “Forgot my password” to send yourself a new password? Be sure to look at the new password email on the device you’re using Rehearsal on, and cut and paste the random password from the email that’s sent. Then, change the password to what you want. If that doesn’t work, try uninstalling and re-installing the app, and if that fails, create a new account using a different username and password choice. I’m not able to tell why it’s not working, but yours is an isolated incident, so it may be a simple solution. I’m going to check your account for any anomalies, and mail you privately if there are.

  6. Comment by Ulrike Lodwig — December 6, 2010 @ 2:22 am

    Dear David,
    thank you for your prompt answer!!!! It was a good and helpful advice.
    Now I will start enjoying my rehearsal-app.
    <3 Ulrike

  7. Comment by Roger — January 9, 2011 @ 11:41 am

    Hi David. Love the improvements. 2 questions. 1) any progress on stylus writing on scripts? 2) any way to back up / transfer notes etc that I have added to scripts to the new app? I use the app to add blocking and wo der if there is back up feature or a way to transcfer? If not… The idea fir the future.

    Best, roger

  8. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — January 9, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

    Rehearsal 2 has improved stylus writing in Scribble mode – write to me and tell me your experiences with it. We are working on a number of things, including a meta-file format for being able to transfer marked-up files to different devices.

  9. Comment by Lisa Skryp — May 10, 2011 @ 4:12 am

    Hi – love the app & just bought the update, but I’m having trouble with a script I just added. It is rotated wrongly, & my iPhone won’t let it rotate to face the right way up, no matter how I turn it. Now that I have forwarded the script to you & added it to Rehearsal, it is only displaying a sliver of the page. Any suggestions?




  10. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — May 10, 2011 @ 1:10 pm

    If I’m understanding you correctly, I’d simply re-scan it and add it again. Review the scanning tips in the FAQ:

    To work with a physical script, burst your script (remove the staples or grommets from the pages) and then scan the pages of your script IN NUMERICAL ORDER on the scanner at 100 to 150 dots per inch (DPI) – no more than that. I use the Neat Scanner (available in the Rehearsal store) – it works like a charm straight to PDF.

    Scan the script ONE PAGE AT A TIME (not double truck – separate the pages so that they are by themselves if you’re scanning a folio-type play with pages that are side by side), saving the resulting scan as a multipage PDF file. Any scanner should be able to accomplish this for you. Keep all pages at Letter size – this is very important.

    Center the pages for each single page scan, and don’t try any fancy cropping or trimming tricks with the scanning software – let Rehearsal pinch and pull to size your script from the original 8 1/2 x 11 or A4.

    If you’re using Rehearsal on an iPhone, you can also snap a photo of the individual pages with another app called Scanner Pro and save those pages as one PDF.

    We suggest you only scan or photograph the scenes in which you have lines, reading the entire play from the hard copy, but rehearsing only from sides you need. Then, simply email the PDF to your assigned “script+” Rehearsal email address.

    If you need a scanner or recommendation for one, you can visit our Rehearsal store:


  11. Comment by CR — September 14, 2011 @ 1:53 pm

    Re your scanner recommendations…this is much better – simpler, stronger-more robust and easy to use software including Acrobat. Fuji Scansnap 1500M for Mac Users or just 1500 for PCs.

  12. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 14, 2011 @ 9:05 pm

    Having tried the Fuji, HP, Kodak and others, I stand by the Neat Scanner. SO rocks. But I appreciate you posting your opinion here! Thanks!

  13. Comment by Mildred Motta — May 21, 2013 @ 7:46 am

    I have not been able to upload my new scripts, it apears as unknown domain. I do it as I used to do it all the time to, but now it’s not working, I stopped using it for a while and maybe that’s why it’s no longer recognizing me.
    Please help me solve this situation so I can keep using the app. Thank you

  14. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — May 22, 2013 @ 11:45 am


    Sorry you’re having difficulties…it appears that you’re just ever so slightly misspelling the domain name – it’s, not (note the missing “a”?). If you fix that, you should be fine.


  15. Comment by Peter Coyote — October 10, 2016 @ 2:48 pm

    I’ve failed the IQ test with Rehearsal. I’m doing a six-hour limited series in Canada and have managed to get all my scripts onto my iPad. But when I want to TINT the pages to show myself which color I’m reading from, I get about ten pages done, and then something freezes and won’t add any more. Ditto for high-lighting–I get about ten pages and then it just stops and won’t work. My co-star uses this and loves it, but it is making me psychotic, and I’ve wasted hours trying to make it perform. I’ve seen him type in dialogue changes, and that defeated me too. Help?
    Peter Coyote

  16. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — February 4, 2017 @ 3:41 pm

    Glad we could get you squared away on the phone, Peter!

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