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17 August 2021 - Adapt It
Feature changes in version 6.10.4 (17 August 2021 release): The Windows installers have undergone revision to correct some problematic behavior that prevented users from being able to download and install the Git program during the installation of Adapt It. A newer version of Git (2.32.0) is now downloaded by the Adapt It installer. Adapt It users who have an older version of the Git program can also more easily update their Git version to the newer version during... read more
30 June 2021 - XLingPaper
The SIL Writing Systems Technology Team announced today that there are new versions of the Charis SIL, Doulos SIL, Gentium, and Andika fonts.  Many of us use one or more of these fonts.  They say: Note that this is a major upgrade. This may cause document reflow as some glyphs widths have changed and some features have been removed. Please do not assume that you can replace version 5 with version 6 with no resulting changes to your publications. A couple of other things to note: They do not... read more
04 May 2021 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.9.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+ or 8.2+) and version 2.39.0 (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 ability to control the label for a... read more
12 April 2021 - Adapt It

Feature changes in 6.10.3

The Find and Find & Replace functions have undergone extensive revisions, and the options for a “Special Search” now work more as expected. The Find and Find & Replace dialog’s settings previously could get lost when a user momentarily clicked into the main window to do some edits, then later returned to the Find or Find & Replace dialog. The settings from earlier use of those dialogs are now preserved during the current session. The previous... read more
12 November 2020 - Adapt It
Update: Adapt It 6.10.3 for Macintosh supports Apple silicon-based Macs as well as Intel-based Macs. 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. We are pleased to announce that Adapt It 6.10.3 officially supports M1-based Apple computers.... 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
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
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
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
14 May 2020 - Webonary

Introducing Dictionary-Making and Lexicography Online Course on Google Sites

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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...
12 November 2019 - XLingPaper
On November 12, 2019, XMLmind sent the following email with links to its FAQ page for what to do to get the XMLmind XML Editor to run on Mac OS X Catalina: Hello, We have added this two FAQs for those who want to run XMLmind Software applications on macOS 10.15 Catalina before we officially support this operating system. These two new FAQs apply to any XMLmind Software application installed on macOS 10.15 Catalina using its .dmg distribution. — I have successfully downloaded and installed your... read more
08 November 2019 - XLingPaper
XLingPaper version 3.6.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 7.2+ or 8.2+) and version 2.36.0 (for the XMLmind XML Editor version 5.3) are now available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This new version of XLingPaper is a maintenance version, containing mostly bug fixes. If you have not previously installed XLingPaper, you can obtain an installation program for Windows, Mac or Linux at http://software.sil.org/xlingpaper/download/. If you have already installed XLingPaper version 2.10.0 or higher... read more
29 October 2019 - XLingPaper
One XLingPaper user upgraded his Mac OS X to Catalina and discovered that the XMLmind XML Editor does not work with this new Mac OS. He could not navigate to open files, any linked/referenced files in a document were not found, and he could not produce a PDF, among other issues. So do not update to Catalina.
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