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Microsoft has corrected the problems with version 1703, which have been around since last Spring. The fix was released October 17. Although you will be able to get the update by doing ‘Check for updates’ at some point, it might still be a couple of weeks.

You can install the Fall Creator’s Update on your machine by going to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10. Click ‘Update Now’. It... read more

We are glad to announce that FieldWorks version 8.3.9 is being released. This version fixes some serious problems we have seen with version 8.3.8.


As of this release, XP is no longer supported. This is due to some of the changes made so FLEx will work with Paratext 8.

FieldWorks for Windows will work with Paratext 8. FieldWorks for Linux will have to wait until version 9 to support Paratext 8.

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24 July 2017 - Adapt It

Bruce Waters recently created an overview video of Adapt It. In this video you can see Adapt It’s basic functionality, and how you can use Adapt It in your translation projects.

Adapt It Overview on Vimeo.

You can also download this video and watch it later by clicking on... read more

14 July 2017 - XLingPaper

For anyone wondering why they might want to learn how to use XLingPaper, there is now a document outlining benefits for the author, the reader, and the publisher. It gives 36 reasons for the author, 12 reasons for the reader, and 19 reasons for the publisher.

See Why Learn to Use XLingPaper.

10 June 2017 - XLingPaper

A new version of XLingPaper is now available. This minor update has several fixes and some enhancements:

  • Improve Linux installers
  • Add ability to have contents in the back matter instead of in the front matter. This is controlled by a publisher style sheet.
  • Allow the presence of a contentsLayout element in a style sheet to be controlled by content control. This helps to let one have a single document where the content is in different languages and one can... read more
08 June 2017 - XLingPaper

Sebastian Nordhoff of Language Science Press (http://langsci-press.org/index) says that they have a way now to receive XLingPaper XML documents and turn them into their LaTeX format. This is good news for any XLingPaper users who want to have their work published by Language Science Press.

The latest major Microsoft update for Windows 10, the Windows 10 Creators Update or the 1703 update will cause the FieldWorks program to crash and reduce the performance of the Paratext program (both versions 7 and 8), especially on slower computers. If you are using any of these programs, it is therefore best to avoid this update for the time being. This is a Microsoft bug and we have talked to them about the problem. There has been a lot of discussion about this in the FLEx list Google... read more

15 May 2017 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.8.3 release 11 May 2017

Feature changes and new features in 6.8.3

This release adds a new feature to Adapt It that will be of interest to those who are working in collaboration with Paratext or Bibledit. We call the new feature in this release “Data transfer protection for Paratext or Bibledit.”

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10 May 2017 - XLingPaper

XLingPaper version 3.1.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+) and version 2.31.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes.

The main highlights are:

  • Improve the load time for the XMLmind XML Editor (especially with version 7.4+).
  • Add ability to have more than one abstract: sometimes one needs them to be in two or more languages.
  • ... read more

We are glad to announce that FieldWorks version 8.3.8 is now being released as stable. This version fixes the remaining problems we have seen with version 8.3. This version doesn’t work with Paratext 8.1. We plan to release 8.3.9 as soon as we can, which will support Paratext 8.1.

Be aware that this version does contain a data model change relative to FW8.2.x. After upgrading to this version, the data will not open in any version prior to 8.3.2, so make a backup before... read more

13 April 2017 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.8.2 release 11 April 2017

Feature changes and new features in 6.8.2

This release features some important enhancements and bug fixes in relation to Adapt It collaboration with Paratext/Bibledit.

  • If you previously set up an Adapt It project to collaborate with Paratext 7, AND have upgraded from Paratext 7 to Paratext 8, AND you have migrated the... read more
06 April 2017 - XLingPaper

As noted in a previous post, large documents could take a long time to load with version 7.2 (and 7.3) of the XMLmind XML Editor.

There is good news: the recently released version 7.4 of the XMLmind XML Editor has greatly improved the load time for large documents. While version 7.3 took 13:30 minutes to load a large document, version 7.4 takes only about 20 seconds.

FieldWorks 8.3 introduces the ability to upload dictionary data directly to Webonary.org and makes it significantly easier to configure dictionary data for all kinds of output (print or electronic).

Release Notes for Version 8.3

Bugs fixed since 8.3.5 Beta5

14 March 2017 - Webonary

(March 2017) In the town of Thionck-Essyl in the south of Senegal, speakers of the *Gusilay language are celebrating the success of the recent Rapid Word Collection (RWC) workshop, an updated approach to jump-starting the making of a dictionary. The workshop was publicized on the local radio station, including interviews of participants who voiced the importance of... read more

Bugs fixed since 8.3.4 Beta4

  • LT-18073 Fix crash leaving Lexicon Edit before Dictionary Preview pane refreshes.
  • LT-18068 Fix crash in ‘Upload to Webonary’ process when two entries reference the same audio file.
  • ... read more
A FieldWorks workshop will be held at Uppsala University 11-15 September 2017. The workshop will have beginner and advanced tracks led by Ron Lockwood and Stevan Vanderwerf. Contact Ron Lockwood (ron_lockwood@sil.org) for more information.
15 February 2017 - Adapt It

Note: this article was first posted in December 2016


Adapt It version 6.8.1 release 09 December 2016

Known Issue in Linux Xenial version 6.8.1 and a good work-around

Note to Linux users: There is a problem in the File > Print and Preview functions in the Linux Xenial and Yakkety versions that can cause the program to quit unexpectedly. The... read more

Just after we released FW 8.3.3, a number of users reported odd behavior with the display. This only affects anyone who has adjusted the DPI settings on their Windows machine, but the effects were significant: upon refresh, the FieldWorks window would either shrink or grow, and would jump, and in some cases it moves in such a way that you cannot resize it properly.
Although this affects a small number of users, the effects were significant enough we felt we needed to release a fix as... read more

The main focus of FieldWorks 8.3 has been improving the ability to configure your dictionary and publish it to the web. This version contains bug fixes and enhancements the the previous version.

Bugs fixed since 8.3.2 Beta2

  • LT-18023 Adjust settings due to Webonary change that prevented uploads.
  • Make the xhtml generation more tolerant of bad configs... read more
27 January 2017 - XLingPaper

First, XLingPaper has a new website at http://software.sil.org/xlingpaper. Feel free to check it out. We will keep the old website up for at least another couple of months.

Second, some have noticed that XMLmind has a new version (7+) that allows for a Personal Edition License again. It turns out that this new version also handles the newer high density computer screens well while the version we have... read more