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The Beta Channel testing release

Submitted by Ron on Mon, 09/12/2016 - 19:20

You can sign up to try the testing version here.

Changes:

RC12

+ a patch that improves page break detection on dialogue.

RC11

* Newer support libraries from Google
* Improved pagination w/dual-dialog
* Some optimizations to code and UI layouts

RC10:

+ Added a new "watermark" feature. This should be supported on Android 5.0+. A watermark is a way to visually designate a PDF of your screenplay as having been created for a particular person. To use this, just go to the settings and under "General", select the "Watermark" option and type in some text. It should appear in a light grey diagonally across every page. Note this feature is only available to-- everyone-- subscribers or not. All the DubScript features are free :)
+ Major fixes to pagination for PDFs. Dialogue breaking is smarter... and more.
+ Now when you search, if you're on a hard keyboard, you can type ENTER/RETURN on the keyboard instead of having to press the "Find" or "Search" button.
+ Slight optimizations here and there. Minor bug fixes.
+ More compatibility stuff for Nougat 7.1
+ Built with the new "Jack" system using Java 1.8 instead of 1.7. This may not have much of a benefit to the final product, but then again, who knows?
+ New libraries and build tools. As improvements come from Google, DubScript incorporates them.

RC9:

➕ Uses new google libraries
➕ Fixes a rare Settings crasher on older versions of Android
➕ Eliminated some unneeded image resources resulting in a smaller apk!
➕ Minor other fixes

RC8:

➕ more PDF & string changes and don't save fountain files in other apps' external storage. Also new tools.

RC7:

➕ Updated PDF generation-- should be a lot better now!

RC6:

➕ Updated to latest Google libraries

RC5:

➕ By request, an option in settings to turn off the paper texture background when reading scripts
➕ You will now be warned when you try to load an enormous file larger than 5MB or when its size (times 3) might exceed available memory.
➕ Updated to newest support libraries
➕ Small UI changes

For some reason, the compiled version is smaller than before. So please test away!

RC4 (testing version) includes:

➕ Google just updated their support libraries to 24.2.1 (from 24.2.0), so this is a fresh build with those libraries.

Aside from changing the version number and upgrading to these libraries, there were no changes to the code from RC3.

RC3 (testing version) includes:

➕ New: Save-direct-to-cloud (details in app)
➕ New: Local multi-backups
➕ New: A4 paper size
➕ New: Google Docs™ paste repair
➕ New: Multiwindow & freeform support
➕ New: Android 7.0 Nougat support
✓ Latest tools & libraries
✓ UI updates
✓ More bug fixes & stability & speed

Details in this post.

Big changes here. Issues? Thoughts? Leave them here!

The short answer is that DubScript is written for Android, which is predominantly used on tablets and phones. Android is also appearing soon on many Chromebook laptops as well.

More important, DubScript uses a plaintext format for screenplays, so you don't need ANY special software to write scripts that DubScript can read. You can use a plain text editor like Notepad, TextEdit, an Email program, or whatever you like. There are even dedicated laptop text editors specifically for writing screenplays in the same Fountain format DubScript uses for Mac, Linux, and Windows. You can find a list of them here.

You can also use the share button to forward a copy of your script to cloud devices or via email.

Next, if you feel adventurous-- try DubScript's beta channel. The newest testing version supports saving DIRECTLY to the cloud, which means you can use something like Box or Google Drive, which can be accessed from laptops. Just be sure to read the note about using the cloud, as there are certain situations -- such as when you save from two devices simultaneously-- that may behave differently in different cloud services.

Here's yet ANOTHER way to do it-- you can write directly in Google Docs from whatever devices you like (even simultaneously from multiple devices or with multiple people), then copy/paste the resulting text into DubScript for editing, formatting, or exporting to .fdx or .pdf (which you can, of course, save to the cloud or on your device). The new testing version has a feature that should "clean up" pasted text from Google Docs, which on some devices would otherwise have extra returns and whitespace characters when pasted.

As you can see, the openness of the plain text format that DubScript uses makes it pretty simple to use on other devices, including laptops in all operating systems. Hope this answers your question!

Hello,
I have had Subscript for over a year now but I just tried to use it after a while and it doesn't let me write. When I slide to WRITE, it asks me to save on my internal storage but won't save on SD card and after that, my keyboard doesn't come up for me to type .

Hey there!

Assuming you're using the same version of DubScript for the last year or so (there hasn't been an update for about 2 months, though one is coming pretty soon), I'd have to imagine that the issue here is something with the SD Card itself. Can you try:

(1) checking to make sure it's not full? Use a File Manager app to do this, or you can try saving a picture or document from another app to see if it has a problem...

(2) replacing the SD Card with a larger one? This would fix problems with reaching capacity as well as any issues with the SD Card media being damaged.

(3) Saving to another non-SD Card location? Did you try saving to the cloud as a test? You could save to your Google Drive account or any other supported cloud service.

You also mentioned that the keyboard doesn't come up for you to type. Is this the case for ALL apps or just for DubScript? The keyboard is actually provided by Android itself, not DubScript, so a few things you can try at the system level include replacing the keyboard (try the Hacker's Keyboard or another one) temporarily to switch from one keyboard to another. Also, did you try a system reset? Maybe Android's input system got glitchy, in which case a system restart should hopefully fix it.

Please provide any more details on whether other apps seem to be affected as it's unusual for a program to misbehave after working for years unless some other factor has changed (broken system, updated software, media failure, or full SD Card)...

Hope this helps!
R