Help And Support

Getting Started

Creating a New Project

Once you sign in, you will arrive at your Project Dashboard. Click the button located at the top-right of the dashboard to start your new project, adding in the required details like its name.

Click to finish creating your project. You have the option to write a logline and synopsis for your project. These can also be edited afterwards as desired.

Once a project is created, it will show up on your dashboard with the title, logline/synopsis and options to edit or delete the project.

Once added to the dashboard, your project will have a name, logline/synopsis and edit and delete buttons displayed with it. If you've added logline or synopsis an will show up, clicking on which will show the logline and synopsis of the project.

Renaming script and editing logline/synopsis

To edit your title, logline or synopsis, click on the pencil icon . You can then add to or edit the text that previously entered.

Deleting your project

To delete your project, click on the trash icon . A dialogue box will confirm whether you are sure to delete the project. Click to move forward with deleting. If you do not wish to delete, click .

Beginning to write

A newly created file will have a page of sample text in the standard format for your reference. You can select and clear the entire text by pressing Ctrl + A and then Backspace/Delete (on Windows) or Cmd + A and then Backspace/Delete (on iOS).

As you compose your script, Yavanika will anticipate the next block you intend to write, enhancing the ease of your writing process.

Should you wish to transition to a different block, you can switch to it using the block selector in the top menu bar of the editing page or by simply pressing the "Tab" key on your keyboard.

Title page

The “Title Page” is the first page of the editing page of your script. Click the page it to edit the title of your screenplay, writer’s name, address, and any additional details. These details will show up when you export.

Selecting Blocks and Scenes

Located on the far-left end of the top menu bar on the editing page, the block selector allows you to switch blocks, or parts of the screenplay such as scene heading, action, character, parenthetical, dialogue, sub-scene, intercut, transition and more.

You can also use the “Tab” key on your keyboard to switch through different blocks easily.

On mobile, you will find the block selector in the bottom menu, from where you can choose the desired type of block. Simply select the point on the page where you want to continue and carry on with typing your new block.

Note: The blocks in your script are formatted with the default screenplay formatting.

Export

Effortlessly share and print your ongoing project by exporting it as a PDF document. The PDF printer handles all formatting requirements seamlessly.

The PDF export offers various layout options:

Two Column Layout

In this format, the page is split into two columns, with dialogues appearing in the second column.

Start Scenes on a New Page

As the setting suggests, each scene begins on a new page.

Enable Password Protection

You also have the option to set passwords for your PDF

Languages

This section empowers you to incorporate multiple languages into your project.

By default, English is integrated into all projects and remains unchangeable. However, you have the flexibility to add or remove languages from the list by selecting or deselecting options and then clicking "Save." Currently, we support three additional languages:

  1. Malayalam
  2. Tamil
  3. Hindi

To make use of the additional languages in your project, you can either:

  1. Choose from the dropdown in the toggle bar OR
  2. Utilising the Ctrl ` shortcut for seamless toggling between languages.

Explore more features

Navigating your script

As you start writing your script you'll find yourself navigatating between different scenes. In Yavanika this is made effortless using our handy scene navigation tool. Click on the list icon that hovers on the right side of the editor page. A drawer pops up which shows a list of scene headings and sub-scene headings in the script.

To navigate to a different scene, click on the scene/sub-secene heading from the list and you'll be auto-scrolled to the location.

Zoom in/ Zoom out

Enhance your document viewing experience with our Zoom In and Zoom Out feature. You can adjust the magnification of your documents via the zoom dropdown in View menu. Yavanika also offers convenient keyboard shortcuts for adjusting zoom.

  1. Zoom-in: Alt +
  2. Zoom-out: Alt -

Status Bar

Found at the bottom of the editing page, the status bar is your go-to for essential updates on your work. Here's what you can find on the status bar:

Last Saved

The status bar will inform you once every change to your project is safely stored. Look out for a message on the bottom left corner when it was last saved.

Current Scene and Block

This makes it convenient for you to keep track of where you are in your screenplay. The status bar shows the scene and block you are currently working on, helping keep you stay focused and organized.

The display of the current scene and block helps you maintain context as you navigate your script.

Fullscreen mode

Enlarge the editor interface for better focus and an immersive writing experience. To make it the editor full screen go to View -> FullScreen. To exit Fullscreen use the Esc key.

Publishing Your Project

To share your current project with the world, click on File -> Publish

Click on "Generate Unique Link" to create a unique link that you can share publicly. To remove the link, simply click on "Delete Generated Link."

Note: The provided link only grants read-only permission.

Keyboard shortcuts

Shortcuts What it does
Tab Toggle forward through the script's blocks
Shift Tab Toggle backward through the script's blocks
ALT 1/2/3/4/5 Alt + num shortcuts can quickly change the currently selected block to the a different one.
  1. Alt + 1 -> Scene Heading
  2. Alt + 2 -> Action
  3. Alt + 3 -> Character
  4. Alt + 4 -> Dialogue
  5. Alt + 5 -> Parenthetical
Ctrl ` Toggle between languages added to the present project.

Account

To begin your journey with us, click “Get Started”, which will present you with options to sign up and create your account. You can create an account on Yavanika by providing your email address, name and password and clicking “Sign Up”. You will then be directed to your Project Dashboard (can hyperlink if necessary) where you can create new projects and write away! To sign up with your Google Account instead, simply click“Sign up with Google”, and choose your desired Google Account.

Changing your password

You can change your password by clicking on the Profile icon at the top-right corner of your Project Dashboard, which will allow you to choose “Settings”. You will be directed to a password reset option, where you only have to fill in and confirm your current password to set a new one. Once you reset your password, you will be automatically logged out to ensure security. Sign in again with your new password to continue.

Reach out to us

We aim to support you to fill your screenwriting experience with ease, comfort and thoughtful assistance, as you embark on your creative journey. Your feedback is important to us, and we would love to hear from you. Write to us with any concerns or suggestions you have at [email protected]