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15 November 2012 - WeSay
Here’s what’s in WeSay 1.3, which Windows users can download here:

Display glosses in Gather by Semantic Domain Task

If you configure this task so that users can enter a gloss (in addition to the vernacular word), the gloss will now show up, in grey, under the word in the list. An advisor requested this as it helps him see what is being gathered.

Correct spelling in collection tasks

In most cases, selecting and editing a word in the collection tasks now causes its spelling to... read more
08 November 2012 - XLingPaper
Uppsala Universitet has recently published The Gilaki Language, a 445 page book. This is an English translation and expansion of the original work Giljanskij jazyk by V.S. Rastorgueva, A.A. Kerimova, A.K. Mamedzade, L.A. Pireiko, and D.I. Edel’man. Ron Lockwood used XLingPaper to do a complete edit and reformatting of it. He also interlinearized the texts. You may obtain a PDF of the book at (find and click on the “... read more
03 October 2012 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Add ability to produce an EBook in EPUB format (requires installing Calibre). Add capability to “frame” a portion of content, including margins and background color. (Uses framedUnit and framedType elements.) To use this capability and produce the default PDF, you also need to either install a full version or get the XeLaTeX update. See below. Add a “literal” element which is like the free (translation) element but is for a literal translation. Improve page breaking... read more
05 July 2012 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Add command to convert selected text to a langData element. See section 11.41 “Convert selected text to langData” in the User Documentation. Add command to convert selected text to a gloss element. See section 11.42 “Convert selected text to gloss” in the User Documentation. Add an ability to override the dissertation or thesis label for an individual dissertation or thesis element. See section 4.5.4 “dissertation” and section 4.5.9 ” thesis” in the User Documentation... read more
03 July 2012 - SayMore
We want to save you time if SayMore isn’t for you, so we’ll try to keep this page up to date with things folks have asked about that they can’t do with SayMore.

SayMore Does Not…

…run on Mac or Linux, except through a Virtual Machine running windows …have any kind of media editing …handle multiple custom tiers. Instead, SayMore borrows ELAN’s file format, so that you can do the basics in SayMore (transcription and translation) and then just double-click on the file to do further work... read more
09 June 2012 - WeSay
David Rowbory in Nigeria has contributed five screen-casts he made to help people he has taught to use WeSay. Thanks David! Do you have videos or other materials you could share with the rest of us?
24 April 2012 - WeSay
Here’s what’s in WeSay 1.2, which Windows users can download here:  

Improved FLEx Collaboration

We have made various changes to smooth the process of sharing data with FLEx. Internally, these have required a lot of work, but on the surface, you won’t see much of a change.

Completely new “Input Systems” tab

In the Configuration Tool, the old “Writing Systems” tab has been replaced with an “Input Systems” one which is both easier and more powerful. For example, adding a system... read more
05 March 2012 - Solid
A new version of Solid is available. You can download it here. Solid 0.16 adds a Writing Systems tool for bulk changing of the writing systems settings. Other fixes include: Writing Systems exceptions from new UI in the palaso library. Enchant inter-op dll is now included in the installer. Full details are on the project site here.
04 January 2012 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Improved the default PDF output: added a way to hyphenate based on the language of the document. See section 11.39 “Get the default PDF output to hyphenate for a non-English language” in the User Documentation. Note that this requires you to use the XeLaTeX Update (see Added referencedInterlinearTexts and referencedInterlinearText elements. The latter refers to a file containing an interlinear-text element so one... read more
06 September 2011 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Added a way to quickly increase the size of tables, whether that table was newly added or already exists. See section 6.1.1 “Increase Table Size” in the User Documentation. Made a way to have interlinears automatically wrap in the default PDF output. See section 5.3 “Interlinear examples” in the User Documentation. Improved the default PDF output: if a table has no column spans and no row spans, then the width attribute of a cell in the first row will be used for all... read more
26 April 2011 - XLingPaper
The main highlights are: Added documentation for publisher style sheets. Floats: changed the implementation of the location attribute when it is set to “here”: the float will not be implemented as a true float. It will appear here in the flow. The recent changes are: 2.16.0 26 April 2011 Added documentation for publisher style sheets. Change links in user documentation to refer to new XLingPaper web site. Updated user documentation to refer to the XeLaTeX way of... read more
18 April 2011 - XLingPaper
On March 23, 2011 version 2.15.0 of XLingPaper was released. It works with Windows, Mac, and Linux. The main highlights are: Added a web page output that pays attention to an associated publisher style sheet (as much as it can; e.g. there are no page headers or footers since web pages do not have multiple pages). Added a command to enter two consecutive references to examples, sections, figures, numbered tables, interlinear text items, or appendices. This... read more
12 November 2010 - SayMore
We’ve just released version 0.5 of SayMore. As with all odd-valued releases, we assume this is beta-quality. Please download it here, and let us know your experiences with it, good or bad. Here are major changes: When you correct the spelling of a person’s name, the name is also updated in all events where he/she is listed as a participant. The People list now gives an indication of the Informed Consent status of each person. You get a warning icon if there is no... read more
05 November 2010 - Solid
A new version of Solid is available. You can download it here. Solid 0.13 improves the export to Lift to support version 0.13 of the Lift format, currently used by WeSay and FLEx. Other fixes include: ps propagation quick fix now works with sub entries. A new FieldWorks Friendly template is provided. The ‘Multiple Together’ process rule has been fixed. Full details are on the project site here.
06 October 2010 - SayMore
SayMore 0.3 is now available for Download. The major changes are: Custom Fields, with auto-type ahead. You can now add new Genres. In 0.1, we called a recording and its associated files a Session. In 0.3, we call this an Event. A Session/Event includes recordings which are comments/annotations on the original. The problem with the Session label was that people doing Basic Oral Language Documentation refer to each recording (original, careful speech, translation) as... read more
02 July 2010 - SayMore
We’re pleased to announce the beginning of the “preview” phase of SayMore. To get it, head over to the Downloads page. Expect to see new versions coming out regularly from now on. This stage is all about hearing from you. We need to know: What do you like? What is confusing? What would you need to see before you made SayMore part of your Language Documentation tool kit? It’d be great if you could leave your feedback here. NOTES:At this stage, please contact me personally (hattonjohn on... read more
21 June 2010 - WeSay
WeSay is the best tool for collaborating with others on collecting and describing words, whether you are in the same village or across the world or both. Here’s a guide to setting up collaboration using the free Language Depot service. Read on to walk through the steps: Set up a account Open a new project on Bring all the data together Update to the latest WeSay Push (Send) the dictionary to the Internet Pull (Receive) it back down to your computer again... read more
15 June 2010 - WeSay
Collaboration is more than just sharing changes.  It turns out that as soon as you start working with others using Send/Receive, you find you want to write notes to them.  So we added the ability to attach questions to lexical entries, and to carry on conversations about the question.  Future versions will add other kinds of notes, and allow them to be attached to particular fields, not just whole entries. In the following screenshot, notice the circled buttons.  We’d click the left-most to add... read more