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Starting a new project

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In this lesson, I want to explain how you create a new project and how you delete a project. So let's start off by going to the homepage here. This is typically what you're going to see the first time you fire up Story--be it Story Plus or Story Free--this homepage. And on the homepage are these paragraphs, they look for all the world just like text. If you hover at the top here, you are going to see that it's a link there, Create New Project, Create New Script, Create New Category. For our purposes, we're going to deal only with New Projects and New Scripts. But nevertheless, I would suggest that you don't use the workflow starting in this page to create a new project because this is not the normal workflow.

Starting a new project

In this lesson, I want to explain how you create a new project and how you delete a project. So let's start off by going to the homepage here. This is typically what you're going to see the first time you fire up Story--be it Story Plus or Story Free--this homepage. And on the homepage are these paragraphs, they look for all the world just like text. If you hover at the top here, you are going to see that it's a link there, Create New Project, Create New Script, Create New Category. For our purposes, we're going to deal only with New Projects and New Scripts. But nevertheless, I would suggest that you don't use the workflow starting in this page to create a new project because this is not the normal workflow.

Subsequently, when you open up story, you are going to go to the page that allows you to get to the Projects page right away. You won't see the homepage like this. So let's not follow this link to start a new project or a new script. Let's go to the Project page by clicking on this up here. If you are just bound and determined to go back to the homepage, you can click on this right there and go back to it, and you can watch these tutorials, which are actually more like overviews of what Story is like, the couple of videos here at last word, both from Adobe that explains Story to a certain degree. Let's go back to Projects there. Inside Projects, we got this dropdown list, and this dropdown list.

This dropdown list shows all the projects that I have been working on here, these five projects, and this dropdown list says what you can do with them, or you can add a new project here. So that's the place where you add projects and delete projects. So what I want to talk about first of all is deleting a project, because it's a little bit of an unusual process here inside Story when you delete something. If I go here and select--let's say the Castles project--now it's active, and there's a couple of scripts in it. If I go here to Projects here and go Delete, and I get this horrible message that says Are you sure you want to permanently delete Castles? It sounds like I'm going to get rid of every single thing inside the Castles project permanently, right? But no, it's not true.

What this means is you're going to permanently delete the container in which you got all your Castles stuff. So you are getting rid of the Project. Projects are containers, and if you delete the project, you're deleting the container but not the stuff in the container, just the container itself. Now let me show you what I mean. If you do say, yeah, go ahead and delete all that stuff, all that stuff will show up down here in the Deleted section. There are all the things we have deleted, and what's missing here are those containers. So if I want to bring them back, for example--let me just take a look at this script here--I am going to bring back one I deleted recently.

So I've got them Last Saved here. I can sort that way if I want to, or I can sort when I created them, something like that. We got this BaywordSon, I want to bring that one back. So I want to just, okay, double-click on it, and it's going to say wait a minute. You can't open it. You got to first move it to a project. Oh, okay, fine. So I open up the Projects here. I want it to be inside the sample script. So I can just drag it to that sample script to bring it back, and then we're done. If I didn't have a project to put it in, I could create a project and then drag it to the project. So that's how you bring things back from the dead, folks.

You can't bring back the containers, but you can bring back the content, which is a good thing. So let's talk about making a new Project. Here we are on the Projects panel--close the deleted scene by just going back to the projects, and selecting one of them just to kind of get out the deleted thing--and now I want to make a new project, and you think, okay, there's this button. It says New, okay, click on that. Open this dropdown list, and there's nothing on here that says project. These tend be text documents here. Just so you know, that's a little confusing, so I will close out of that. The place to a New project is right here in the dropdown list as I mentioned before.

So you click there, we want a New Project, a little ellipses there--dot, dot, dot-- means you are going to open up another menu. There's a new menu. I'm going to call this one the Test project. So click Create, and now we have created this box, this container, this holding place in which we can put things like scripts. So that's how you build a new project. We will talk about putting things inside the projects, including scripts in different movies.

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