Adobe Story CC December 2014 release: What’s New

New Template Customizations
Customizing templates in Adobe Story is important for you to work more efficiently. We now give you the ability to change the default font, font size, font color and other font attributes of the camera shot and Video Tape text elements.

Here are more details:

Camera Info (Above Line): The Camera Info (Above Line) affects the following camera shot text elements:

·       Text above camera line for Shot Line, As Directed, Isolated Shot, Pick-Up Shot, Recording Break, Video Tape

·       Camera Field [Shot Development, Camera Reposition]

Camera Info (Below Line): You can now change the default font, font size, font color and other font attributes of the camera shot text elements. The Camera Info (Below Line) affects the following camera shot text elements:

·       Text below camera line for Shot Line, As Directed, Isolated Shot, Pick-Up Shot, Video Tape

·       Description field [Shot Development, Camera Reposition]

Font Size (Vision Beats and Bars) (General tab): You can now change font size of the Vision Beats and Bars text.

We’ve also fixed some bugs when working with metadata and saving your work.

The Adobe Story CC 2014.2 update is now available. If you have a Creative Cloud membership, you always have access to the latest version of Adobe Story CC. For more information about Creative Cloud, see this overview video and the Creative Cloud FAQ list.

For information about updates for all of our professional video and audio applications, see this page.


Adobe Story Plus CC: Fall release

In the past few months, the engineers working on Adobe Story CC have been pretty busy. In our June release, we added features like Vision beats and bars, Sound elements, Script On-Air Time, and the Ability to rename/add/delete element types from a template. The Fall release of Story is another update to bring just a little more customization to the script format, and better efficiency when adding Shots for camera direction.

The first thing is what we’re calling Text Box Customization. When users have sticky notes or additional info they want to add into a script, you can change the font size and style to enhance the visibility of the notes. Users also have the ability to add borders around the boxes as well as the ability to change font attributes. These new features ensure that the production crew sees your notes and never misses critical information.

Using Custom Shot Number, you can now add one or multiple shots to a script using a custom number, like 200, and have subsequent shots auto-increment from that anchor point. This allows shots to be assigned to scenes as the notes come in from the director without worrying about the order that the notes arrive in.

The beauty about Creative Cloud is it gives Adobe the ability to constantly update our applications—fix what doesn’t work and make what works even better. You can see this happening in Adobe Premiere Pro with its project and media management enhancements and in Adobe Prelude where logging metadata is now even easier. Plus your content is easier to focus on with a refreshed user-interface across all our video applications which includes support for HiDPI displays for both Mac and Window.

For more details on these and other features in Adobe Story CC, please visit our New Feature Notes page.

For information about purchasing a Creative Cloud subscription, go here. For more information about other Adobe video tools in Creative Cloud, see our Creative Cloud blog and the Creative Cloud FAQ list.

If you can’t make it to IBC, please join us for a special Ask a Video Pro session on Friday, September 12 at 10 am PT (7 pm CEST). Live from Amsterdam, Jason Levine will present the new features coming to the CC video apps.





Lime Pictures, Daily TV Production

Top U.K. serial drama and reality TV creator excels at meeting intense production demands with Adobe Story CC Plus and Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise

lime logoLime Pictures knows all too well: few environments have more demanding scheduling and production requirements than daily television. The largest operating group within All3Media, the top UK Ltd Indie is known for multi-award-winning, long-running TV productions. Lime Pictures produces award winning, headline-grabbing programs including Hollyoaks (C4), Rockets Island (CBBC), The Only Way Is Essex (ITV2), and Geordie Shore (MTV).

Each series requires a tightly orchestrated effort involving syncing shooting schedules with scripts, as well as lock-step coordination among camera crews, sets, and talent. Shows also hinge on great creative, graphics, and video that extend across both TV and online media.

With the popularity and number of programs increasing, the production company’s needs have continued to intensify, and the aging in-house system was struggling to keep up. Lime Pictures needed a more capable, progressive solution and chose Adobe Story CC Plus and Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise.

“We were using legacy applications for scripting and scheduling that were no longer meeting our needs,” says Gary Winn, IT manager for Lime Pictures. “We wanted to modernize our infrastructure and processes and Adobe Story CC Plus and Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise gave us that opportunity.”


Advanced scripting and scheduling

Lime Pictures was aware that ITV had adopted Adobe Story CC Plus with great success and the broadcaster’s positive experience factored into Lime Pictures’ decision to adopt. “The solution did 80% of what we needed it to do ‘out of the box’ and we were able to customize the rest to meet our specific needs,” says Winn. “Adobe Story CC Plus was the only product we found that supported continuing series—that functionality was a real jewel for us.”

Adobe Story CC Plus has strong scripting and scheduling capabilities, complemented by product updates delivered through Creative Cloud. The ability to access information at any time and on any device allows teams to easily collaborate, even when they aren’t sitting side by side. The solution also offers comprehensive reporting, delivering insights that allow Lime Pictures to continually streamline its processes.

“Adobe Story CC Plus is more flexible and open than other scripting and scheduling options on the market,” says Winn. “Because it is a cloud-based environment, our writers and schedulers can use the software on mobile devices with complete visibility and synchronicity. We have virtually eliminated the need to print scripts by using electronic versions and everyone can tap into the latest amendments to scripts or schedules at any time, from anywhere.”

Improved software access

Another priority for Lime Pictures was to equip employees with world-class creative apps from Adobe in the easiest way possible. By purchasing Creative Cloud through an enterprise term license agreement, Lime Pictures now has a single source for licensing and support, as well as access to multiple tools. The company’s Creative Cloud for enterprise licenses are used by graphics and digital departments, as well as its post-production facility in Liverpool, England.

Some team members only need Adobe Photoshop CC, while others might need Adobe After Effects CC or Adobe Acrobat XI Pro. Some need almost all of the Adobe creative products. To tailor each user’s environment, Winn is using the Creative Cloud Packager to create standard software packages for different groups. This provides custom access to software among various team members.

“Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise allows us to control our environment,” Winn says. “The ability to package and deliver specific products to different users saves us time and makes the software easier to track.”

LP_Silhouettes_Green-page-0Adoption of Creative Cloud for enterprise has also driven the use of new tools across various workflows. For example, the production team is experimenting with new products such as Adobe Prelude CC for ingest, with plans to introduce it into the live environment. The company also has the freedom to begin using products such as Adobe Premiere Pro CC to support its video production needs.

“Our main driver in moving to Adobe Story CC Plus and Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise was to move the business forward, which we’ve definitely accomplished,” says Winn. “The flexibility, visibility, cost savings, and other benefits that come with an enterprise agreement are tremendous bonuses.”


What’s coming next in Adobe Story CC Plus

In the next update to Adobe Story CC Plus, the team has focused on implementing key features for Live Entertainment productions. We have worked closely with key partners in the industry to reflect recognized script elements for key production roles, while extending the unique value of the Story platform through scheduling, reporting, and collaboration. In addition to these enhancements, the team has improved the ability to customize elements in scripts and templates.

Let’s take a look at the new features:

Vision beats and bars are a new element used when you want to cue camera shots or other vision items using a piece of music. This element allows you to enter the number of beats and/or bars until the next cut or effect. The Vision beats and bars element appears on the left side of the script.

Sound Elements are used when you want to cue music or sound based on a script notation. The Sound elements contain a description field for the notations, and appear on the right side of the script. A solid vertical line is automatically drawn from a sound In-Point to the sound Out-Point.

Moving on to formatting, Story now supports multiple lines in the document Header and Footer. You can choose what fields to display in the left, center and right side of each row for header/footer as well as how many rows of text you want. You can even choose to enter free-form prefix text for each value.

You can also decide to add or remove element types in your script and can give them customized names to match the correct terminology for your production and your crew.

Camera cards can now be generated from shooting order script and from source scripts.

For European distribution, users can now capture AS-11 compliant metadata and export to the DPT XML format, which can be imported into the Digital Production Partnership (DPP) application for a streamlined broadcast workflow.

Adobe Story continues to grow as powerful platform both for script writing, and planning and managing on set production workflows.  As a Creative Cloud subscriber, you gain access to Story’s pro level features and integration with Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Adobe Prelude CC.  Make your next shoot easier—check out Adobe Story today!

For a sneak peek of all of the new features coming in Adobe’s professional video and audio applications and services, go here. Also, we have an NAB presentation that shows Adobe Story in action as well as the release notes.

If you join Creative Cloud before May 30, 2014  you can take advantage of our special promotional offer. See this page for details. For more information about Creative Cloud, see this overview video and the Creative Cloud FAQ.


What’s new in Story for IBC 2013

Since NAB, the Adobe Story team has been hard at work developing new features that make it easier than ever to get your scripts into production. Story’s screenwriting tools are among the very best—but the ability to create shooting schedules and production reports right from your scripts is what really sets Story apart.

When you need to get a script into production, Story can help you work more efficiently. 

Story Free includes just our screenwriting tools. To use our collaboration, scheduling and reporting tools, you need to subscribe to Story Plus. If you’re working on a large production, and need to coordinate the work of writers, schedulers, script supervisors, and directors, Story becomes even more powerful.

The good news? If you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, Story Plus is included in your subscription, and you already have access. All you need to do to get started is point your browser at, and log in using your Adobe ID.

The big news for Story at NAB was a new and far more flexible approach to breaking down a script, which we call scene-level tagging. If you haven’t had a chance to play with this powerful feature yet, you can read more about it here. At IBC, we’re highlighting a number of the new features we added in our May and September releases. Let’s take a look.

Word count

You can see the total word count for a script at the bottom of the Authoring view; if you click on the total word count, you can see the number of words of dialogue.

word count





Sticky Notes

By definition, scripts are highly structured, but sometimes you need to add some free-form annotations—so we’ve introduced the new Sticky Note feature. To add a sticky note, choose Production > Insert Sticky Note, then move it to where you want it by dragging the note’s header. Click the note to edit, move or resize it, then click away.

Here’s a sticky note in edit mode….

sticky note 1





…and here it is on the page. To edit or move the note, just click on it.

sticky note 2





Revisions enhancements

Color-coded revisions are a key part of the pre-production workflow, and we’ve made some practical enhancements here as well.

Sometimes, changes to a revision take several days to complete. Now in the Manage Production Revisions dialog box, you can choose whether Story displays the date a revision was started, or the last date that the revision was edited.

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We also now automatically lock dialogue numbers when you start a revision.

Scheduling enhancements

Scheduling is one of the most powerful aspects of Story Plus, and we’ve introduced a number of enhancements here that make it even better.

On most productions, scripts change up until the cameras start rolling—and keeping your shooting schedule in synch with those changes can be a nightmare. Story can help make sure you don’t waste valuable time on set.

A couple of the changes we’ve made help make better use of screen real estate. You can now change the relative font size for a schedule, so you can fit more on a page (either on-screen or printed) or make the schedule easier to read from a distance. Also, you can collapse or expand days on the schedule, which makes it easier to drag and drop strips between days that aren’t adjacent.

Sync schedule enhancements: We also have changed some of the behavior when you sync a schedule. You’ve been able to choose which properties you want to sync for a while now–which is handy, because you care about different things at different points in the process.

sync schedule 2







Now, the list of changed scenes only includes scenes that have changes to the properties you selected—which makes it easier to track what’s happening or isolate a particular kind of change.

sync schedules 1











When you hover over a scene in this dialog you get a quick overview of what’s changed. Finally, you can now export all of the changes if you want to track them or review them later.

Compare schedules: If I have two units shooting at the same time, this means I can identify any conflicts for sets or actors—so I can adjust the schedule before there’s a problem. From one schedule, click the Compare option in the menu bar, then choose the schedule you want to compare it to. You can then review any conflicts, and even export the results if you like.

compare schedules







Having all of this information available makes it easy to stay on top of what’s changing, and to keep schedules in sync as scripts evolve.

Sharing and integration

Working collaboratively is at the heart of the value Story offers, and we’ve made improvements here as well. And of course, I can use the Manage Shared Projects option to unshare a project with anyone at any time.

I can now see at a glance whether someone I’ve shared the project with has accepted the invitation or not. In the screenshot below, the asterisk indicates that the invitation has not yet been accepted.

share projects








XML Export

We’ve also extended the ways you can work with the data from your Story projects. You can now export list, scene property, or schedule data as XML, so you can use the data in new ways. From the Reports list, choose one of the XML options (at the very bottom of the list), then choose which documents in that project you want to include data from. This makes it possible to take the data from your productions in entirely new directions!

XML export







Importing and exporting lists

Finally, our newest feature is the ability to import and export any of the lists you maintain in Story—locations, characters, actors, tags, and tag items. Now it’s easy to share them between productions, and with other Story users. Just click Manage Lists in the menu bar, and take it from there.

export and import lists











Exciting times

As you may have heard, Adobe Story was nominated by our friends at ITV, and has been shortlisted for the prestigious IBC Innovation Award for Content Creation. We’re looking forward to the Awards ceremony on Sunday!

Adobe Story can help any production run more smoothly, and if you’re a Creative Cloud subscriber, you already have access—plus you can use the Story panel in Premiere and Prelude to log into your scripts from within those apps as well. Make your next shoot easier—check out Adobe Story today!


Adobe Story & Adobe Creative Cloud—the awesome twosome!

It is with great pleasure that we announce the availability of the latest and greatest edition of Adobe Story through Creative Cloud! What’s more—if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, you already have access to Story Plus and all the rich features that come with it.

We’re very excited about this release and have been looking forward to it for a long time. Exciting new versions of all our other creative application are also being released today.

Access Story Plus through Creative Cloud

Accessing Story Plus through Creative Cloud is easy:

  1. Go to and sign in with your Adobe ID.
  2. Click Download Center in the topbar.
  3. Click the Get Started link for Story Plus. Story Plus launches and displays your current projects if any.

Learn more about Adobe Story

If you’re interested in learning more about Adobe Story, look no further than this Help landing page. If you have questions that are not addressed in the documentation, feel free to post them to the forum.


Story update now available—May 22, 2013

We’ve just pushed live another exciting update to Adobe Story. This release takes collaborative script authoring to the next level. Coauthors and reviewers can now insert sticky notes into a script. They can also drag a sticky note to any location within the script. Cool, isn’t it?


We’ve also added numerous other features to simplify and streamline your workflows:

  • The Sync Schedule dialog now lists changes only for the properties that you’ve chosen to view.
  • You can edit tags that you created.
  • You can export the resource conflict results between two schedules as HTML (.htm). You can then open the exported results in word processing tools, such as Microsoft Word.
  • User interactions for several dialog boxes have been simplified:
    • Manage Scene Numbers
    • Manage Dialog Numbers
    • Manage Camera Shot Numbers
    • Manage Scene Durations
    • You can export project data (lists, scene properties, and schedules) as XML.
    • While working with schedules, you can choose a font size—small, medium, or large.
    • Layout improvements while printing schedules.
    • You can choose whether you want to display Revision Start Date or Last Modified Date in the header and footer for production revisions.
    • You can see a list of users with whom a project is shared. Invitees who haven’t yet accepted a share request are listed as well.
    • When you click the word count in the status bar, you can view the dialog word count in the current script.
    • Several critical bugs have been fixed in this release.



Script break down with the new scene level tagging in Adobe Story

 We’ve added a major new feature in this release, along with dozens of smaller ones. In this blog post, I’m going to walk you through using the new Scene Level Tagging functionality in Story Plus. This post covers the other features and changes we’ve made.

Adobe Story has had the ability to tag individual words in a script—either manually or automatically—for a while now. And that was great if the item you want to tag is explicitly mentioned in the script. But what if the thing you need to tag is implied, rather than explicitly called out? Previously, you had to add that item to your script, or wait until later in the process to capture it. With Scene Level Tagging, it’s a breeze.

Another advantage of Story’s new approach to tagging? You can now capture info needed to break down your script right in the script itself, and it all flows effortlessly into your schedule. This makes it easy for one person on a team to break down a script scene by scene while someone else works on the schedule—another way that Story’s collaboration features can help teams work more efficiently.

One other thing worth noting: You can now define your own custom categories for the tags you want to use, rather than slogging through a list of 40+ items (many of which you’d only need for certain genres of content). And  Tag Lists you create can be assigned at a project level, so they’re available for all scripts in the project.

Here’s a quick walkthrough of how the new feature works, to help you get started. Note that you have to be a Story Plus user to see these options—a great reason to upgrade.

In your Project panel, click the Manage Lists button on the toolbar. In addition to managing Character, Set, and Actor lists for your project, you can now create and edit Tag and Tag Item lists.

use Manage Lists to set up your tag lists

The Tag list contains the tag categories you want to organize any specific tags into; tag categories for Props, Set Dressing, Make-up, Wardrobe, Vehicles, and Sound Notes would be logical entries here. It’s worth thinking a bit about which categories you want to track, and designing this up front.

tag list db

The Tag Items list are the things you’re likely to use over and over again, and anything you enter here can be auto-filled as you type, which saves time. Tag items might be things like a marble table lamp, hot pink lipstick, a blue school backpack, a red and white polka dot scarf that’s a character’s signature item. Unlike the Tag List categories, Tag Items can be edited on the fly or added up front; you can also add tags to the scene without including them in the project-level Tag Items list.

tag items db

Once you’ve created your Tag  and Tag Items lists, assign them to your project. As with all of the other list types, you can assign the same lists to multiple projects.

Open the script you want to tag, then choose View > Tagging Panel to reveal the panel where you’ll apply tags. The top of the panel now has a section called Current Scene Tags, which will be empty when you start. As you add tag items, they’ll appear here grouped by category.
Navigate to the scene you want to tag, and then start adding them items you want to associate for that scene. You can add tags either by click on the Add button next to the Tags listed, or you can click on the Edit button at the top of the panel. In the Add Tags dialog box, select the Tag category you want to add items to, enter text (up to 32 characters per entry), and then click Add. You can open or hide items within a Tag category, and you can move from category to category easily. When you’re done, click Close.

Add Tags db

Move to the next scene and break down that scene in the same way.

Because Story covers both screenwriting AND scheduling/production planning, all of the tags you enter here can be viewed in your schedule, and pushed out to some reports.

For example, the new Bible report (requested by a major customer in Ireland) provides a scene-on-a-page summary of your production, which is handy to have on set for everyone involved in a shoot. If you’ve tagged a scene, each Tag category is listed in the left column, and the Tag Items you added for that category are listed on the right—making it easy for wardrobe, makeup and set dressing teams to get prepared and stay organized.

We’re really excited to be delivering this new capability—we think it’ll help your productions go even more smoothly, so you can focus on making in-the-moment creative decisions. 


Story update released today, Feb 13, 2013

Today, we released another update to Adobe Story. It’s been a little more than 2 months since we last updated, and we’ve been extremely busy!

The big news in this release is a completely revamped approach to tagging that offers a vastly more flexible approach to breaking down a script.

scene level tagsNow, you can tag anything you like in a scene—and your tags flow through to your schedule as well as many of our production reports. This is a huge improvement, as our previous implementation of tagging required the actual words you tagged to be explicitly present in the script. This worked fine for anything that was explicitly mentioned—for example, “SUE DROVE UP IN HER BRAND NEW MINI COOPER”—but didn’t help at all if the items you wanted to tag weren’t mentioned. For example, you could tag “mess” in “CHRIS’ APARTMENT WAS A MESS, BUT JO FOUND A SPOT TO PERCH” but what if you wanted the props department to have stacks of sloppily stacked notebooks and papers, a sinkful of dirty dishes, and a heap of dirty laundry? Well, as of today, you can enter whatever props you want to be associated with a scene. We’ll be posting another blog entry that goes into more detail, but the bottom line is that this is a big leap forward in making Adobe Story a fantastic tool for creating breakdown reports. You can get a sense of how it works in the screenshot to right.

There are loads of other new features too. We’ve added a new Writer role that Story Plus users can assign in shared projects. What? Isn’t Story all about writing? Well, yes and no. Story offers BOTH writing and production scheduling/management tools. In working with some of our large broadcast customers, who use both parts of Story, they’ve asked for a way to keep writers focused on the key task of writing great stories, without having to delve into (or even see) schedules, reports, and the scripts written by other writers working on the project. If you’re a writer working on your own project, you’ll be the project’s owner. If you invite a collaborator to work on the writing with you, assign them the Co-Author role. And if you’re working as a freelance writer on a large production that has built a structure workflow around Adobe Story, don’t be surprised if you’re set up as a Writer.

We’ve also made loads of small improvements across Story, many of which are only relevant if you’re using Story Plus (which as you know is included in a full Creative Cloud membership). Here’s a partial list:

  • Clicking on the blue cross to add a character or set to the Character or Set lists associated with a project now opens the relevant list instead of just adding the item; if you’re adding a new set, you’re required to specify whether it’s in a studio or on location.
  • You can now manage shot numbers (wait—you didn’t know you could add camera shots to quickly create a shooting script? It’s super cool! Learn more here) with the same flexibility you have for dialogue and scene numbers.
  • Speaking of camera shots—you can now create camera cards for just a particular day, as well as for just a particular camera or just studio or location scenes. Or mix and match!
  • Thanks to our collaboration with Ireland’s RTÉ, we now have a TV template designed specifically for their productions (called Irish TV Screenplay). This new template format has a number of cool features, and one of the most useful can be turned on for any template: you can choose to have the first Action element of each scene be treated as the scene’s synopsis. If you choose this option, that element automatically populates the Synopsis field in the Scene Properties panel. Why is this handy? Well, then you have a synopsis include in your schedule as well as any reports that support the field—and you don’t have to do a thing.
  • We’ve added a whole bunch of new reports as well. My favorite is the Bible, which is a scene by scene summary of a script, including any scene level tags you’ve added. <<screenshot>>
  • You can now specify template defaults for whether the From and To boxes at the start and end of each scene now include info about previous and upcoming camera shots. Use the Edit > Template command and choose the option on the General tab.
  • When you enter time info for a scene, you can now have that info used for all subsequent scenes in a script.
  • We’ve added new options for sorting schedules. You can use the View > Story Order option to temporarily resort a schedule into Story order; when you use this view, options like breaks aren’t available—to use them, just switch back to the Shooting Order view.

We’ve also redesigned the landing age at to make it more clear that Adobe Story is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, and we’ve added an in-app news feed so we can make sure you get the latest info about Story.

I’m sure I’ve left a few things out—but we sure hope you enjoy this new release. Let us know what you think by adding a comment below.



Story update released today, Dec 5

Today another update to Story went live. This one has a number of significant features that we think will make your work easier.
To start, log-in times should now be faster. In the past, we gathered information about all of your projects when we logged in‚ which could take some time if you’ve been doing a lot of work. Starting today, we only get information about the project you were last in, because most of the time you’re only working on one or two projects. There may be a slight delay when you move to a project you haven’t opened in a session—but overall, you should see faster log-in times.
Another significant change is that Character elements can now include multiple characters, so you can specify that multiple characters are speaking the same line. On some productions, this isn’t a big deal—but in some cases, you may need to track how many speaking scenes a character appears in, and this feature makes it easier to do that. To add multiple characters to a line of dialogue, enter the character names separated by “ / “ (space/space; don’t use the quote marks!). What’s cool is that after the second space, you can use auto-complete to fill in the character’s name.
Finally, you can now display the Series Name and Program name in your Headers and Footers. To customize what’s in your Header or Footer, choose Production > Modify Header or Modify footer, then select different options for the Left, Center, and Right fields. Where do you set the Series and Program names? Choose Edit > Script Properties, then click Edit Production Information. In the Production Information dialog, click Edit, and you can enter additional information about the Series Name, etc.
We’ve also made some other enhancements: You can now specify speaking/non-speaking characters at a set level, and you can display or hide studio/location and scheduled date in the script. And, as we always do, we also addressed a number of issues reported by our users. If you encounter something untoward in Story’s behavior, please let us know by submitting feedback here.

You can always access the latest release notes right in Story: click on the Home icon, then the Release Notes link on the right edge of the page (see below). Or, access the full Adobe Story Help online.