Test-drive OpenSesame 2.8.0!
The next major release of OpenSesame will be 2.8.0 Gutsy Gibson, and is available for your test-driving pleasure from here:
OpenSesame 2.8.0 comes with considerable new functionality, but is entirely backwards compatible with the 0.27 series!
From 0.27.4 to 2.8.0: New versioning scheme
The reason for jumping from version 0.27.4 straight to 2.8.0 is to adopt a more consistent versioning scheme, called semantic versioning. In semantic versioning, increasing the MAJOR version (
X.-.-) indicates changes that break backwards compatibility, increasing the MINOR version (
-.X.-) indicates new functionality, and increasing the PATCH version (
-.-.X) indicates bug fixes.
An important new functionality is the multiprocess runner, which allows you to execute your experiment in a different process. This should be much more robust to crashes than the old in-process way. For now, the in-process runner is still the default, but this will change in future versions, once we are sure that the multiprocess runner works well across a wide range of systems.
You can select the multiprocess runner under preferences:
Improved support for non-Latin alphabets
A lot of effort has again gone into improving support for non-Latin alphabets. A couple of new default fonts have been added, and you can now use Arabic, Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, Chinese, Farsi, and Korean straight out of the box.
You can even enable support for bi-directional languages, i.e. languages that are (partly) written from right to left, such as Hebrew:
Don't hesitate to leave feedback if you use non-Latin alphabets. For obvious reasons, it is difficult for us to ascertain whether text is rendered correctly in all languages.
Improved text-editor component
OpenSesame's text-editor component has been split off into a separate project, called QProgEdit. QProgEdit is considerably more advanced than the old text-editor component, and, among other things, supports themes. This means that I can finally use my favorite dark theme (based on Solarized) in OpenSesame!
New functionality and improvements
- Add runner functionality
- Improved exception handling
- Migrate to QProgEdit editor component
- Updated offline help pages
- Improve support for non-Latin alphabets (#211)
- Add correct-response option to touch_response plug-in (#214)
- Line wrapping causes double spaces (#203)
- Keywords to
decode()break compatibility with Python < 2.7 (#201)
- Fix ugly exception on Escape press in joystick plug-in (#162)
- Remove large template files