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Speech numbering in scriptwriting mode

Posted: Wed Jul 17, 2019 10:44 pm
by km85264
I'm hoping to enter a radio play competition where the presentation guidelines are quite explicit: "For ease of reference, the pages of a script should be numbered consecu- tively throughout. Please note that each speech should be numbered and each new page should begin with speech number 1."
See https://static.rasset.ie/documents/dram ... -final.pdf for a visual example.
I have found an option under Format->Script Writing->Script Settings which allows Sequential Numbering on the left or the right for Dialogue or Character&Dialogue, but I'm having two problems: When I print to PDF, the line numbers only show up when there is a transition to Character/Dialogue from something else, for example:
FX: CAR DRIVING ON NARROW, POTHOLED AND TWISTY COUNTRY ROAD (General Text)
2 MIKE: Rotten old road, this. (Dialogue has a line number)
MAL: Yes(Dialogue, No line number)
EVELYN: What?(again, no line number)
General text (General text)
3 EVELYN:(Absently) Aye. (And the line number appears again, apparently because it follows general text)
Am I missing something fundamental, or have I found a bug?
Second thing is that the line numbers do not reset at the end of a printed page per the guidelines; is there a setting somewhere that might change that behaviour.
I guess I can get around this by exporting to Word then manually entering the line numbers, but that's going be a real pain. Is it possible to achieve this in Scrivener? If not, any recommendations on an app that would do it?
(Scrivener 3.1.3 on Mac)

Re: Speech numbering in scriptwriting mode

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 5:42 pm
by km85264
Can anybody advise here? I'm happy to put more work into figuring it out but would hate to find I had been wasting my time and it's not possible
Thanks
Kieran

Re: Speech numbering in scriptwriting mode

Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:53 pm
by gr
You can do this by incorporating the <$np> placeholder (followed by a couple of spaces) into your script format settings. Alter your Script Settings somewhat as follows, then compile and see. This only works if you are compiling to pdf or print, though, but I think for your purposes that should be okay.
--gr

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Re: Speech numbering in scriptwriting mode

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:59 am
by km85264
Brilliant, many thanks GR that is exactly what I need :D

Re: Speech numbering in scriptwriting mode

Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 1:00 pm
by gr
My pleasure. Good luck in that competition!

—gr