How to Use the Version History Manager - Featured

Back in the day, any time a revision was made to a script, a new copy would be printed on different colored paper. Luckily, StudioBinder takes the guesswork out of this and assigns a color to any new document revisions automatically. But it doesn’t stop there. We’ll walk you through how to create a new script version and how to use the version history manager to keep those versions organized.

Introducing Version Manager

Managing script versions

Any script that makes it through production without a rewrite would be a miracle. The fact is, scripts get rewritten. Keeping track of different versions, especially when sharing drafts with collaborators, is a great way to get disorganized. Before we show you how it works, let’s go over what the version manager actually is. 


What is the version manager?

The version manager feature in StudioBinder allows you to track, view, remove, or roll back to previous versions of the script. A new version is created any time a document is duplicated or when an updated script has been imported or synced to the project. The screenwriting page revision manager is separated from the project version manager. This allows you to keep multiple versions when writing as well as when managing the project.

Alright, now that we’ve got the technical stuff out of the way let’s jump in and see how to use the version manager in StudioBinder.

Screenplay Revisions

Creating a new script version

Any writer will tell you that there will be multiple revisions to your script. It’s important to get feedback from colleagues and update the script to be the best it possibly can be.

StudioBinder's screenwriting software makes this process really easy and allows you to go back to a previous version any time you like using the document revision sidebar.

Screenwriting Page - Document Revision Sidebar

Screenwriting page  •  Document revision sidebar

For example, say you wrote your first draft and sent it for review. They’ve added script notes, which is your cue to start the next draft.

How to Use the Version History Manager - Script Notes Added

Script notes pop-up  •  Revision script notes

On the screenwriting page, click the more button (three veritcal dots) in the document revision sidebar…

Document Revision Sidebar - Click More Button

Document revision sidebar  •  Click more button

...then, click the duplicate version button and modify the revision name (if needed) and click duplicate.

How to Use the Version History Manager - New Version

New version pop-up  •  Modify version name

You might also want to include the date of the revision in the version name. Now, you will see the new version in the sidebar labeled with the version number and revision color.

Document Version Sidebar - New Version

Document version sidebar  •  New version

Not only does it create a new version of the script, but it also creates a new version of the script notes. That way once this draft is done, new notes can be added for this specific version.

How to Use the Version History Manager - Script Notes

Script notes pop-up  •  New version notes

If you need to refer back to the previous version's script notes, simply load that version and you'll find them intact.

And that's how the revisions sidebar can be used on the screenwriting page. If you need to access any of the older versions, they can be found in the document revisions sidebar.


How to add watermarks to a script

As you start creating multiple versions of a script, sooner or later you'll be distributing those scripts. Intellectual property is important to keep safe, which is why there are security measures like adding watermarks to scripts. We'll walk you through the steps of adding watermarks, headers, and footers to your scripts to help keep your ideas safe.

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