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28 July 2017 - FLEx (FieldWorks Language Explorer)
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. Most machines already have .Net 4.6.1 installed. But, especially on Windows 8/8.1, this may need to... read more
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 this link (40 MB).
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 control whether the table of contents... 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.
08 June 2017 - FLEx (FieldWorks Language Explorer)
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 6.8.3This 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.” After drafting texts in collaboration with Paratext or Bibledit, there comes a time when those texts are revised and polished within Paratext/Bibledit, and further... read more
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. Add ability to use content control for... read more
27 April 2017 - FLEx (FieldWorks Language Explorer)
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 upgrading.... read more
13 April 2017 - Adapt It
Adapt It version 6.8.2 release 11 April 2017
Feature changes and new features in 6.8.2This 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 projects used in collaboration from Paratext 7 to Paratext 8, AND you uninstalled Paratext 7 after migrating 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.
06 April 2017 - FLEx (FieldWorks Language Explorer)
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 LT-17530 Allow references to variants or deeper components on references to Components. LT-18143 Prevent crash when no items in the “Dialect Labels” list. LT-15232 If a complex form is also a variant, make sure it shows... read more
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 their collective work. The broadcast resulted in a room full of Gusilay speakers at the closing ceremony, ready to join the... read more
10 March 2017 - FLEx (FieldWorks Language Explorer)
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. LT-18018 Fix ordering of Subentries by types from Options List. LT-17990 Fix column filters so they work for large integers. LT-18086 Fix some of the checkboxes that weren’t visible on Linux. LT-18091 Migrate style settings from 8.2 and older that weren’t getting... read more
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-aroundNote 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 problem does not affect Windows versions. It also does not affect the Linux Precise, Trusty, Vivid, or Wily versions of... read more
02 February 2017 - Paratext
Paratext 8 has a lot of new features to accompany this major new version release. Here is a comprehensive list of what you can expect if upgrading from Paratext 7.5. This list is also available in Paratext via the Help menu (recommended). The help page is more formatted and includes links to other help pages.
RegistrationUser registration: You must register or be registered by a project administrator in order to use Paratext 8. Project... read more
31 January 2017 - Paratext
Registering for Paratext 8 was simple enough, you simply went to registry.paratext.org and authenticated with your email address, selecting your organization, and filling out four other blanks–only one of which is mandatory. Simple enough, that is, if you had a connection to the Internet and a G Suite (Google-based) email address. If you didn’t, you were out of luck–although we knew this limitation was only temporary. Well, now the capability has been added to the registry site for two... 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 been using (5.3) does not do so. We have created a... read more
13 January 2017 - XLingPaper
Beginning with version 7 of the XMLmind XML Editor (aka XXE), XMLmind is offering their Personal Use License again (they ceased doing so after version 5.3). While this is good news, there are some definite changes and incompatibilities between version 5.3 and the current version (7.3). Here are the main advantages that XXE 7.3 has over XXE 5.3: XXE 7.3 works well with screens using HDPI technology. The older XXE 5.3, on the other hand, will appear very tiny on these newer screens and may even... read more
14 October 2016 - Webonary
(October 2016) Congratulations to the compilers of six dictionaries newly-published this year on Webonary.org from July through September. Read the full article at sil.org.