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12 November 2020 - Adapt It
On Tuesday, 10 November 2020, Apple announced a new chip set that will be used instead of Intel’s on Macintosh desktop and laptop computers. This new chip, the M1, looks to be an advance in power/performance, and should be beneficial to people using Adapt It on the Macintosh. Adapt It has not yet been tested on computers with this new hardware. We will update this post with our findings when we are able to build/test on these new machines, and provide patch updates for... read more
09 November 2020 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.8.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+ or 8.2+) and version 2.38.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Note: for Mac users upgrading to this version from versions before 3.7.5, please see: Using a new version of XeLaTeX; and Some changes you may need to make in your documents. This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes.The main highlights are: Add a way to use content control to... read more
02 November 2020 - Adapt It
We are pleased to announce the release of Adapt It Mobile 1.4.0 for Android and iOS, available today through the Google Play store and Apple Store. Download links: iOSAndroidAndroid (direct download for sideloading)

What’s new in Adapt It Mobile 1.4.0

Work with Multiple Adaptation Projects

Adapt It Mobile now supports multiple translation projects. New projects can be created or imported from Adapt It via the new Manage Projects settings page (Settings... read more
28 October 2020 - Paratext
In 2018, developers at SIL surprised the Paratext steering committee by coming up with a version of Paratext that worked on Android tablets and phones, and they did it in a relatively short amount of time. They were careful to warn users that this limited version of Paratext, branded Paratext Lite, was not intended as a primary translation tool but as a companion to Paratext. Now, a couple of years later, we took an in-depth look at how it is being applied to the task of Bible... read more
07 October 2020 - Adapt It

Adapt It Mobile release 1.3.0 available for download

(This post was originally published in September 2020) The Adapt It development team is pleased to announce the release of Adapt It Mobile 1.3.0 for Android and iOS, available today through the Google Play store and Apple Store, as well as directly through our developer page (for those who want to side-load Adapt It Mobile on their Android device). Download links: iOS: https://... read more
07 October 2020 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.10.1 update

(This article was originally published in May 2020)

Feature changes and new features in 6.10.1

Improved the display pile spacing when inserting a placeholder using one of the two Insert Placeholder tool bar buttons. Previously inserting a placeholder pile sometimes did not widen the pile sufficiently for a longer multi-word translation text under that source “…” placeholder. This could result in a temporary overwriting of part of the... read more
25 August 2020 - Paratext
We are pleased to announce that Paratext 9.1 is now available as a beta version. Many teams will be required to use project plans soon, so Paratext 9.1 has significantly improved the tools used to manage tasks and assignments for working with a project plan. 

Training Videos

We have produced a set of videos that will let you see these features in action – or show you how to use these new features if you are ready to try them: Paratext 9.1 Training Videos

What changed... read more

04 August 2020 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.7.5 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+ or 8.2+) is now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Note: for Mac users upgrading to this version, please see: Using a new version of XeLaTeX; and Some changes you may need to make in your documents. This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes. The main highlights are: Allow XLingPaper to work on Mac OS X 10.15+ (Catalina). Allow XLingPaper to use Charis SIL version 5.000 with graphite and font... read more
05 June 2020 - Paratext
Imagine a super translator  …able to leap tall buildings with a single bound. What qualities would this person have?  First of all, they would be fluent in both the Biblical source language and in the target language.  That way they would be able to understand the source text perfectly, and would also be able to find the best way to render it in the target language.  Then, they would probably have a perfect memory, so that they would be consistent in their expressions and terminology throughout... read more
28 May 2020 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.7.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+ or 8.2+) and version 2.37.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Note: for Mac users, please see this special information regarding Mac OS X 10.15 Catalina. This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes. The main highlights are: Allow usage of MathML. Allow citation elements to have a time stamp attribute (for referring to audio/visual media). If you... read more
18 May 2020 - Paratext
Paratext 9 has been out for seven months now, and it is clear from the feedback we received that most people who have upgraded are enjoying it. The upgrade path is extremely smooth since there is no migration process, allowing teams to upgrade their users one at a time as they feel ready. Now, as we patiently wait for everyone to upgrade, Paratext 9 is getting all the improvements that users like you have requested, while Paratext 8 is only in maintenance mode.  Occasionally we discover users... read more
14 May 2020 - Webonary

Introducing Dictionary-Making and Lexicography Online Course on Google Sites

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04 May 2020 - Paratext
Now that many teams are using project plans, some are reporting having more merge conflicts than usual.  This article is the first in a series that will discuss what causes merge conflicts and how to reduce the number of conflicts a team is having. First, let’s look at what causes merge conflicts.

What Set of Circumstances can Lead to Merge Conflicts?

Understanding what causes merge conflicts is key to preventing them. The Paratext Help describes when merge conflicts occur: A Send/... read more
11 March 2020 - SILKin
If a SILK file becomes corrupted, or if the computer crashes, it has been possible to lose a lot (or all) of the data. SILKin 2.4 creates back-up copies of SILK files every time the User saves their file. It also makes interim back-ups during a work session at intervals selected by the User. If anything goes wrong while saving or opening a SILK file, SILKin automatically reverts to the most recent back-up copy.
11 March 2020 - SILKin
SILKin 2.2 has been “Internationalized.” All the text that appears on screen or in menus can be displayed in French or English. Users may select their preferred language from the Menu bar. If a third language option is desired, all that is needed is translation of (voluminous) text files into the new language.
28 February 2020 - Webonary

Online training materials for Dictionary-making and Lexicography

DLS has begun developing an online course to teach Dictionary-making and Lexicography principles. Fieldworks Language Explorer (FLEx) and Webonary.org are the featured applications for the training materials. Read Newsletter…
18 February 2020 - Paratext
In Paratext 9, you can have multiple text collections open at the same time.  Several users have contacted us to say that this is very useful, and they think we should tell people about this feature. For instance, a translator working in India might want to use one text collection for English translations and a second text collection for translations in Indian languages.  These two text collections can be used at the same time: Because text collections can be large, it is often helpful to put... read more
30 January 2020 - Paratext
I must really emphasize how important Paratext has become to our project for work on the OT. We are scattered over several continents now, and it is awesome to have the most recent text always before us and to be able use the live feature which we now heavily rely on!!! Most of our work is done now online. Thanks for your work towards this project.  —anonymous user
12 December 2019 - FLExTrans

Latest Version

FLExTools20WithFLExTrans.zip (FLExTrans 2.0 with Sense Linker 2.2.1 & Live Rule Tester 3.1.2) - December 12, 2019 FLExTrans now is compatible with FLEx 9. Click on the above link to download FLExTrans. See the Installation page for instructions on installing.

Previous versions of FLExToolsWithFLExTrans

(FLExTrans 1.7 with Sense Linker 2.2.1 & Live Rule Tester 3.1.2) FLExToolsWithFLExTrans 1.7 - April 20, 2019 FLExTrans now has a Testbed feature!... read more
12 December 2019 - FLExTrans

Installation Instructions

Installation Steps (FLExTrans now requires FLEx 9 or higher and 64-bit Windows is assumed): FLExTrans is a Windows tool that runs on a platform called FlexTools. FlexTools requires Python for Windows which must be installed separately. Download for 64-bit Windows Double-click the file to run the install. IMPORTANT: Make sure on the install step, Customize Python 2.7.17 that you click on the red X next to Add python.exe... read more