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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…
18 September 2019 - Adapt It
The Adapt It development team is pleased to announce the release of Adapt It Mobile 1.2.0 for Android, and Adapt It Mobile 1.2.3 for iOS, available today through the Google Play store and Apple Store.

Download links:

iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/adapt-it-mobile/id1031605993?ls=1&mt=8Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.adaptit.adaptitmobile

What’s new in Adapt It Mobile 1.2

Split Window Support

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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
10 June 2019 - Paratext
We are pleased to announce that Paratext 9 is now available as a beta version. Paratext 9 will help translators work more efficiently, creating better layouts, and providing easier access to reference materials through Enhanced Resources. It has already gone through a lot of testing and users have been very happy with it. You may encounter some minor problems that we aren’t aware of yet, so there will continue to be some minor changes over the next couple months as we work towards the official... 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 ApertiumForXMLmind.zip 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
10 May 2019 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.9.4 release 9 May 2019

Feature changes and new features in the 6.9.4 release

This release provides updates for the new usability feature to Adapt It that was introduced in version 6.9.0 – the Choose Translation drop down list. This release corrects additional rough edges and non-ideal interface characteristics that were found in versions 6.9.1 through 6.9.3. Those issues were eliminated and other enhancements made available in the current update 6... read more
28 March 2019 - Webonary
Publishing Interlinearized Texts Online Introducing Kratylos.org* Kratylos.org 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 sil.org.
27 February 2019 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.9.3 release 28 February 2019

Feature changes and new features in the 6.9.3 release

This release provides updates for the new usability feature to Adapt It that was introduced in version 6.9.0 – the Choose Translation drop down list. This release corrects additional rough edges and non-ideal interface characteristics that were found in versions 6.9.1 and 6.9.2. Those issues were eliminated and other enhancements made available in the current update 6.9.... read more
10 February 2019 - Adapt It
Please do not use Adapt It 6.9.1 – we developers used an inappropriate widget for the dropdown-list phrasebox; and it made the app difficult to use. Version 6.9.2 removes the several difficulties we caused. (Note, 6.9.2 has a small coding error which could cause a crash in rare circumstances – but that issue will be fixed in the 6.9.3 version to be released soon. The workaround in the meantime: Make sure that when you read in a document for further work, your first action should be to... read more
24 January 2019 - Adapt It
The Adapt It development team is pleased to announce the release of Adapt It Mobile 1.1.0 for Android and iOS, available today through the Google Play store and Apple Store: iOSAndroid

What’s new in Adapt It Mobile 1.1.0

Preview Mode

Preview Mode allows you to quickly view your translations as you work. Click on the Preview Mode button to show a read-only display of your current translation. If you spot an area that needs improving, you can click on the Preview... read more
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
10 October 2018 - Adapt It
The Adapt It development team is pleased to announce the release of Adapt It Mobile 1.0.0 for Android and iOS, available today through the Google Play Store and Apple Store: iOS Android Adapt It Mobile is a simple related language translation editor designed for mobile devices. Using a tablet or smartphone, you can use Adapt It Mobile to quickly translate text from one language to another related language. This app is a ground-up rewrite of the Adapt It desktop application, written... 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
27 August 2018 - Adapt It

Adapt It version 6.9.1 release 27 August 2018

Feature changes and new features in 6.9.1

This release provides updates for the new usability feature to Adapt It that was introduced in version 6.9.0. This release corrects some rough edges and non-ideal interface characteristics – such as having to click twice on tool bar buttons and menu item when the drop down phrasebox was open. Those nuisance issues are eliminated in the current update 6.9... 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.