| Monday January 25 2010 3:35 am | Comments (7)

Forwarding Scripts to Rehearsal

There are two ways to get scripts into Rehearsal to work with them. One is to forward scripts or sides you receive in email to Rehearsal. Here’s how:

You’ll find working with a script in Rehearsal to be very, very similar to working with a physical script in the real world. Just as in the real world, you’ll get an email with the script attached – and you’ll use Mail on your iPhone (or any other email interface, like Gmail) to forward that piece of email to Rehearsal. Let’s say that your agent sent you the following email:

…and the PDF file of the sides your agent sent you is attached as a PDF file. In the Mail app on your iPhone, it might look something like this:

If you don’t see an icon you can tap on to view the attached PDF file, it might not be downloaded (and would need to be) – like this:

If you’re using your computer’s email software, it might let you see it in the email message itself, or it might just be an attachment. Either way, just forward that email message over to Rehearsal, and you’re moments away from working on the script.

Back to our example: using the Mail app on your iPhone, tap the Action icon at the bottom of the email message. This brings up an action sheet offering Reply, Forward or Cancel – choose Forward:

Once you click Forward, another action sheet slides up, asking if you want to include the attachment(s). Yes, you do:

Once you click on Include, the Mail app will bring up the forwarded email, ready for addressing. The email address you’ll send the message to is of the following form, replacing USERNAME with your username:

Type that into the To: box, or, if you’ve already added it to your Contacts, just type whatever you’ve given that email address as a name (we suggest Rehearsal):

Once you’ve addressed the forwarded email message, tap Send, and off it goes.

(Obviously, if you’re using your computer’s email program, forward the email in the same way, to that same address. It doesn’t matter where you send the message from, as long as it’s coming from the email address you registered with.)

Give it a couple of moments for Rehearsal to get your script lined up and ready, and we’ll be ready to Add your script to your script library and work with it.

The second way to get scripts into Rehearsal 2.2 and above is to simply open the email in which your script or sides arrive, tap on the attachment, then use the Action Button in the upper right hand corner to open the PDF file directly into Rehearsal. This doesn’t work with Word documents, only PDFs.

Click the link below to get more detail on this second, more direct method of adding scripts to your Library.

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  1. Comment by Nate — March 3, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

    So how do you get a script in PDF format? I work with small theater companies in the midwest and would love to use the app, but we always get hard copies of our scripts.

  2. Comment by Bruce — July 15, 2010 @ 10:04 am

    I mail the PDF to “script+…” but get back, “The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 5.1.1, Recipient address rejected: User unknown in virtual alias table (state 14).”

    Can you help?

  3. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — July 15, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

    I don’t know, but will investigate immediately.

  4. Comment by Travis Richey — September 22, 2010 @ 10:45 am

    Hey, guys, loving the multiple-document support for word files. I use that when doing sketch shows at ACME. A recent email from the head writer of my web series “Robot, Ninja & Gay Guy” got me thinking, though. Does Rehearsal support Final Draft documents? I currently can’t open them on my iPhone, and it’d be amazing to be able to forward them to my rehearsal app. I need to get those scripts from my writers in fdr format, and though I tell them to send PDF as well, they don’t seem up to the challenge. :-).

    What are all the formats that you support?

  5. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 22, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    PDF, DOC and DOCX (both Word formats) – we contacted Final Draft over 8 months ago to get the file format spec from them specifically so we could offer FD file formats, but they have yet to get back to us. A call to their offices yielded a curt reply from the Sales Manager’s assistant that they will get back to us if they are interested in working with us, otherwise, like an audition, “you won’t hear from us.” I was done working with Final Draft at that very moment. If you have FD, it exports to PDF nicely. That’s the best we can do.

  6. Comment by Richard — September 3, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

    I’d like to be able to put a script into Rehearsal without going through your website. Have you considered adding that feature or is it already possible? I’m afraid you’ll go out of business and I’ll never be able to add any more scripts to the application. Thanks.

  7. Comment by David H. Lawrence XVII — September 3, 2011 @ 10:32 pm

    Have you read any of the manual pages yet? Or any of these FAQ’s? Please review Adding Scripts – you should find what you want there.

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