Final Draft (.fdx) source file - how to import to/export from Wordfast?
Thread poster: Phoebe Green

Phoebe Green
Local time: 02:22
Member (2009)
French to English
Apr 30, 2019


I occasionally need to translate texts produced in Final Draft. My workaround has been to request a .pdf, copy that to MS Word, and use that in Wordfast. Fine for content, but the production staff has to copy and paste the translation into Final Draft on their end.

Does anyone have suggestions to streamline this a bit? I use Wordfast Classic v. 6.40.

Thank you!


Jean Lachaud  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 20:22
English to French
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not possible Apr 30, 2019

Wordfast Classic is a Word plug-in, and will work with whatever Word can open, and nothing else. Not knowing Final Draft, all I can say is that whatever file exchange there is between FD and MS Word is it.

IOW, if FD can't export / import in a Word-compatible format, the answer to your question is NO.


David Daduč
Czech Republic
Local time: 02:22
English to Czech
Open in Wordfast Pro or Wordfast Anywhere May 1, 2019

It seems FDX files are XML, so you should be able to open them in Wordfast Pro or Wordfast Anywhere ( However, you will first need to create a rules file for FDX (see


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