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New Beta Development Release

Like to write at the cutting edge? If you've subscribed to the beta releases in the Play store, a new version was just released. Now targeting the upcoming Android "P", the latest development version of DubScript takes a big leap forward with the newest "AndroidX Jetpack" libraries along with better Chrome OS Chromebook support and improved backward-compatibility. It also includes minor UI changes you probably won't notice.

The evidence is in: Use TWO spaces after a period in monospace screenplay fonts such as Courier Prime!

There's a "common knowledge" floating around that one can deduce the approximate generation of a screenwriter based on whether they use one or two spaces after a period: Older writers who learned to type on manual typewriters usually add two spaces, and younger writers who learned on a word processors with proportional fonts use only one space and let the software manage the spacing width.

This week the Washington Post had an article discussing the classic, controversial 1-vs-2 spaces controversy. Suprisingly (at least to me), of 60 college students recruited for the study, 21 were "two-spacers". But there's more. From the article:

The researchers then clamped each student's head into place, and used an Eyelink 1000 to record where they looked as they silently read 20 paragraphs. The paragraphs were written in various styles: one-spaced, two-spaced, and strange combinations like two spaces after commas, but only one after periods. And vice versa, too.

And the verdict was: two spaces after the period is better.

Welcome 2018 with fonts, fonts, and more fonts!

As seen in RC36:

I can post these all day. But why post screen shots when you can try it yourself? There are over eight hundred downloadable writing fonts families and three new font sizes to choose from. All for the perfectly reasonable price of free. And you can play with them in the DubScript testing version, starting in six months right now. Just sign up for the beta program in the Play Store.

If you encounter any issues with this new experimental feature or with anything else in this version of DubScript please do post to the forum. Cheers and as always, happy writing!

R