Simultaneous dialogue

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Sat May 04, 2019 6:09 pm Post

A major missing feature for playwrights and screenwriters seems to be the ability to properly format dialogue that's spoken at the same time. To adhere to standard script formatting, such dialogue should appear side-by-side, but Scrivener doesn't offer this.

Love to see that in a future update.

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Sat May 04, 2019 6:33 pm Post

See the manual: 19.1.2 Dual Dialogue.

Does what you want?

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Mon May 06, 2019 1:22 pm Post

It's supposed to do exactly what I want.

But in reality, it does nothing.
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Mon May 06, 2019 1:39 pm Post

Attached test project doesn't work for you?

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Mon May 06, 2019 1:57 pm Post

Thanks for the help. I'm getting closer!

I was compiling to the Project format, which is "US Stage Play." I tried compiling to "Script or Screenplay," and now it's kinda working. But you can see, not quite. The character names are crowded.

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What Project format are you writing in?

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Mon May 06, 2019 2:32 pm Post

Hi.

Was just using a blank template.

However, the file attached uses US Stage Play.

1. In US Stage Play compile, make sure "Convert Preserve Formatting blocks to dual dialogue tables" is selected.

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2. To adjust the character name spacing (which seems to be corrupt in the template), choose Format > Scriptwriting > Script Settings > and then tweak the line indents to suit (I went from 3 to 2 inches in this project – probably different for US paper sizes).

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Mon May 06, 2019 2:41 pm Post

How do I get to your first screenshot?

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Mon May 06, 2019 2:54 pm Post

During compile:

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Mon May 06, 2019 3:18 pm Post

'K, got that now.

The only remaining problem is, changing the character name margins from 3 inches to 2 inches changes it everywhere in the document, not just in the simultaneous dialogue sections.

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Mon May 06, 2019 3:56 pm Post

From the sample given in the manual – where Lorenzo, Jemma, and Felicita are all aligned – I assume this is just the way it works: only Guido gets shunted over to a separate column, implying that the core alignment is universal and that dual dialogue shifts the second speaker over in isolation (can probably be changed in secondary software if compiled to an editable format).

Can't see a way to change this, but perhaps someone else can.

That or tech support: mac.support@literatureandlatte.com

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Mon May 06, 2019 4:39 pm Post

Thanks, again, for all the help.

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Tue May 07, 2019 7:20 am Post

Welcome. And if you find a solution to that final question, please do share.

Thanks.

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