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14 October 2019 - Paratext
We are pleased to announce that the Paratext 9 final release is now available on the Paratext download page. Paratext 9 will help translators work more efficiently through improved menus and window layouts, and by providing easier access to reference materials through Enhanced Resources. The Paratext 9 beta has been available since mid-June, and has been used in active translation projects and translator’s workshops, where it has been well-received.

Why switch to Paratext 9?

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11 October 2019 - Paratext

Menu system

The menu system in Paratext has changed from having menus visible all the time (above the toolbar) to having menus that are accessible by clicking on a menu icon: . The series of menu items to open various items has been reduced to a single “Open” command on the main menu.

Enhanced Resources

An Enhanced Resource is a resource text in which many words and phrases are linked to source language research material. That research material assists... read more
27 September 2019 - Webonary

ALT 2019

I had the opportunity to attend the 13th Conference of the Association for Linguistic Typology at the University of Pavia, Italy on 4-6 September 2019 and was able to introduce many people to the resources and products SIL International makes available for language work. Read Newsletter…
26 August 2019 - FLExTrans

FLExTrans -- A Linguist-Friendly Machine Translation System for Low-Resource Languages

Low-resource languages have largely been left out of the machine translation revolution. Because of insufficient text data, the results of using statistical machine translation are subpar. FLExTrans is a transfer-based machine translation system that doesn't rely on lots of text data and is easy to use for ordinary linguists. It is linguist-friendly because a central component is... read more
15 July 2019 - Paratext
Applying a Project Plan to an existing project is one of the biggest frustrations for teams that are starting to use the Project Plan to manage assignments and keep track of their progress.  You may have a dozen books that are already consultant checked and some that have already been printed.  Yet, when you or your administrator applies a new plan to your project, you find that you are unable to mark tasks as done for work that is already completed.  The Stages Table provides a simple grid (... read more
07 June 2019 - FLExTrans

Edit Transfer Rules with XMLMind XML Editor (XXE)

This editor gives you a nice graphical interface for creating your transfer rules as shown in this example: Here's the steps you take to get it working: Install XXE. See instructions on this website. (This is the same editor used with XLingPaper) Start XMLMind and close it again. (This creates the addon folder needed below.) Extract the zip file to the %AppData%\XMLmind\XMLEditor8\addon folder. You can get to... read more
14 May 2019 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.5.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+) and version 2.35.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) are 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 loading speed for object elements via CSS. Allow a refAuthorInitials element to contain langData, etc., elements. Add replacecolonwith attribute to citationLayout element to allow something other than a colon between... read more
28 March 2019 - Webonary
Publishing Interlinearized Texts Online Introducing* has provided a site for publishing interlinearized texts. “Kratylos is a facility to let researchers upload lexical and corpus datasets from FieldWorks, Praat, Elan and other software, and it lets researchers browse the results.”* The researchers are happy for Webonary account holders to upload interlinearized texts to Kratylos and provide the link on their Webonary sites. You will need both a Webonary account and a... read more
21 March 2019 - Webonary
(March 2019) Senegal’s Gusilay people now have a dictionary, two years after an SIL-led Rapid Word Collection (RWC) workshop jump-started the project. Launched just a few days before the end of 2018, the dictionary for the 20,000-plus Gusilay people features 9,000 entries, and marks the first time the language’s words have been extensively collected, written down, analyzed and published. Read the full article at
16 November 2018 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.4.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+) and version 2.34.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes. The main highlights are: Allow multiple layout sets for langData items in the publisher style sheet (e.g., for phonetic and phonemic data) Add ability to include DOI information in references. Allow counter element in th elements. Add ability to... read more
29 September 2018 - Audacity

September 29th, 2018: Audacity 2.3.0 Released

Audacity 2.3.0 replaces all previous versions for Windows and macOS. (The current release for Linux is Audacity 2.2.2. Additional information on the Linux download page.) Many new features, and over 90 bugs fixed (since 2.2.2).   We are still compiling Audacity as 32-bit. Whilst MacOSX works with 32-bit, it would prefer a 64-bit version of Audacity.    We are working on a 64-bit version for Mac for 2.3.1.  On Windows you may find that... read more
We are glad to announce that FieldWorks version 9.0.4 Beta is being released. The changes are listed below. FieldWorks 9.0 now has a 64-bit Windows version, a new installer, and fixes a lot of older bugs. The main features of this release are as follows: Large project Improvements FieldWorks 9.0 introduces a 64-bit version of FieldWorks on Windows, which will allow FieldWorks to access more memory to help large projects. A 32-bit version is also available. New Installer With... read more
20 August 2018 - Webonary
This newsletter features the Djimini Rapid Word Collection workshop in Côte d’Ivoire, reminders to install the latest versions of new releases of tools for dictionary-making, and updates on the number of dictionaries published. Read newsletter.
03 August 2018 - FLExTrans

FLExTrans Documentation

Here's some documentation on getting started, using the Sense Linker and Live Rule Tester tools and a tutorial on writing transfer rules. This documentation is also in the FLExTrans Documentation folder in the install folder. Refer to Ron's thesis, A Linguist-Friendly Machine Translation System for Low-Resource Languages for a detailed description of the system. Ron welcomes your emails for any help you need. Write to flextrans "dot" help "at"... read more
28 May 2018 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.9.0 release 28 May 2018

Feature changes and new features in 6.9.0

This release adds a new usability feature to Adapt It that will be of interest to all users of Adapt It. * There is now a Choose Translation drop down list that automatically pops open when the phrasebox stops at a location where more than one translation is available from the knowledge base. This new feature makes it much easier and more efficient to... read more
23 May 2018 - XLingPaper
While there was an issue with version 8.0 of the XMLmind XML Editor, it appears that version 8.1 works fine with XLingPaper.
23 May 2018 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.3.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+) and version 2.33.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new version of XLingPaper has a number of improvements and bug fixes. The main highlights are: If you are qualified to use the Personal Edition of the XMLmind XML Editor, we now have one step installers which install version 7.6 of the XMLmind XML Editor as well as XLingPaper. Add ability to have two contents, one in... read more
We are glad to announce that FieldWorks version 8.3.12 is being released. This version updates the language codes to match the ethnologue updates as opposed to version 8.3.11. As of release 8.3.9, 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. Most machines already have .Net 4.6.1 installed. But, especially on... read more
08 March 2018 - XLingPaper
As you may have learned, there is a new version of the XMLmind XML Editor (version 8.0.0). While it does load XLingPaper documents, it breaks the “Convert interlinear line to wrd elements” command (the Shift-F10 one). If you are keying interlinear text, this is an extremely useful command. XMLmind assures me that there will be a fix for this in version 8.1 of the XMLmind XML Editor. So please wait. If you have already upgraded and need this command, I recommend you uninstall version 8.0.0... read more
05 March 2018 - XLingPaper
Today, XMLmind released a new version of the XMLmind XML Editor (aka XXE) which XLingPaper uses. It looks like the new version has a change which breaks XLingPaper’s configuration. Please do not install the new version until we can check this out and make any needed fixes.