StoryFlow Imports

You can import a number of file types into StoryFlow using either Dropbox or Airdrop.

StoryFlow-iPhone_home_screen-300Productions: You can import a Production (.sfpz) file that was  previously exported from StoryFlow (complete with images). Or you can import a Final Draft (.FDX) file. In either case, a new Production is created within StoryFlow using the filename as the Production name, which you can edit later.

Shot types: You can import a Shot Types (.jsnst) file previously exported from StoryFlow. When imported, this will merge with your existing Shot Types, not overwrite them. Any duplicates will be ignored.

Lenses: Similarly, you can import a Lenses (.jsnl) file previously exported from StoryFlow. When imported, this will merge with your existing Lenses, not overwrite them. Any duplicates will be ignored.

To import any of these files, make sure you are on the appropriate page – ie, to import a Production, you must be on the Productions main page. Similarly, to import a Shot Types file you must be on the Shot Types page and to import a Lenses file you must be on the Lenses page.

import_button-80To import via Dropbox, make sure the Dropbox app is installed on your mobile device and that the file you want to transfer is in a folder accessible by both the sending and receiving devices. In StoryFlow, tap on the cloud icon. For Productions, this is in the top menu bar; for Shot Types and Lenses it is in the bottom menu bar. You will then be prompted as to what kind of file you wish to import and will then be taken to the Dropbox chooser to select a file. Once you’ve picked a file, you’re returned to StoryFlow and the file is imported automatically. If nothing happens, it’s possible that you’ve selected the wrong kind of file – for Productions, make sure it’s either a StoryFlow Productions file (ending in ‘.sfpz’) or a Final Draft file (ending in ‘.fdx’); for Shot Types the filename should end with ‘.jsnst’; and for Lenses, the filename should end with ‘.jsnl’.

airdropTo import via Airdrop, both the mobile device on which you’re running StoryFlow and the device (such as a laptop or desktop machine) from which you’re transferring the file must meet the following conditions:

  • Airdrop is enabled and both devices are discoverable.
  • Bluetooth is enabled.
  • Wifi is enabled and both devices are logged on to the same network.

On the device from which you’re transferring the file, open an Airdrop window. On macOS (OS X), for example, you can find Airdrop in the sidebar of any Finder window. Your mobile device should appear as a nearby device. Simply drag and drop the file you want to import on to the device’s icon in the Airdrop window. After a short delay, your mobile device will show an alert. Simply follow the onscreen prompts.

Note that, in some circumstances, the mobile device will ask you which app you want to use to import the file. You might, for example, be asked whether you want to use Dropbox or StoryFlow. Make sure you always select StoryFlow.

There’s more information from Apple about how to use Airdrop here and here.