FieldWorks 7.2

Version Date: January 18, 2012

This release has been  superseded by a subsequent release.

FieldWorks 7.2.0 is a beta. Please give us feedback on the new features, and send bug reports on errors that you encounter (see the FLEx Help menu), after reading the What’s New and Known Issues sections below. Thank you!

In FLEx 7.2.0, enhancements were focused in the Texts and Words area:

There is now optionally a connection between a text and a Notebook record.

Import enhancements

  • You can import texts in standard format including the baseline, and free form annotations such as a Free translation. (Does not yet import word glosses or other aspects of analysis.)
  • Progress made towards integration with ELAN in terms of time alignment data.

Export enhancements

Organizing texts

  • You can now choose which Texts to include in concordance searches, lists of words and listed in the Texts list. This choice is presented by Genre then text title.


Zero-width spaces

Concordance enhancements

Interlinear texts

Chart right-to-left texts; the Text Chart tab now support right-to-left.


  • Filter for jumps between Notebook and Lexicon. You can use a new right-click menu option to filter for an anthropology category.
  • Send feedback
  • Send error message
  • Dictionary view now has Bidi support – Where you would normally just put a space, if it might be between two pieces of LTR text that should be ordered with the first one on the right, you need the three-letter sequence RLM, space, RLM, where RLM is the Unicode character U+200F, the Right-to-left marker.
  • “Parse Words in Text” while on the Analyze tab now shows the results immediately.
  • Lots of bugs were fixed!

In Translation Editor:

  • The Biblical Terms view can show additional glosses and a description for the selected term in a pane below the biblical terms pane.
  • You can find a term using the new Find Biblical Term command to search glosses, descriptions, and the terms in the original biblical languages.

  • When adding a new text, it is incorrectly NOT being added to the current set of texts selected in Choose Texts. This means that if you visit Statistics view and return to Interlinear Texts, the new text has disappeared from view. Workaround: Use View > Choose Texts and select the new text(s) for display.
  • When using Find in Dictionary in the Baseline of a text, and using the Other function to look up anther word, the Show button is not working on the Find dialog. This also affects this feature in Translation Editor and Paratext.
  • When exporting to Pathway or XHTML, the style of sense numbers in a Reversal Index is not exported to the accompanying CSS file. Workaround: add a style definition of sensenumberref to the CSS file.
  • When you apply a filter using the Choose option, you cannot remove the filter by reusing the Choose dialog and deselecting the checked boxes. Workaround: Use the Show All option.
  • Bulk Edit can go blank (show no entries) if you turn off a filter in Lexicon Edit or Browse, having just bulk edited data in the filter using List Choice. Solution: Close and restart FLEx.

For Windows

A Full package contains .NET 3.5 SP1 and Windows Installer 3.1; a Minimal package does not.

Windows 7 users can use a Minimal package.

XP and Vista users will probably need to use a Full package for the first installation of FW 7. Pre-requisite: Vista users need to install Vista Service Pack 2 or later.

The SE packages only contain Language Explorer (FLEx); BTE packages also contain Translation Editor.

7.2.0 SE Full (344 MB)

7.2.0 SE Minimal (110 MB)

7.2.0 BTE Full (358 MB)

7.2.0 BTE Minimal (124 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

Unfortunately, we cannot provide a patch for you to upgrade to 7.2.

  1. Download one of the Full or Minimal installation packages above.
  2. Double-click the exe file you downloaded. After it extracts files, the first installation screen appears.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure you allow the SIL Software installer to install any required third party software it says is required.
  4. If you have used FieldWorks on this computer before, you will see two further steps:
    1. Select which if any projects you wish to migrate from FieldWorks 6.0.6 or earlier format.
    2. Choose whether to uninstall the last version of FieldWorks or its desktop shortcuts. Help.

For more information on upgrading to FieldWorks 7 from a previous version, see here.

Please check the Known Issues section above.

To install the movies for FLEx:

Note: The movies have not yet been updated since FieldWorks 6.

  1. Download the movies package (206 MB).
  2. Double-click the msi file you downloaded.
  3. A progress bar appears, showing the progress of the installation.

Download localizations including List contents

Here is the MD5 hash of each of the download packages, should you wish to use this to verify the download completed successfully.

Package MD5 hash
FW720_SE_A 947295A75AF4A52813772A5A365DBCFB
FW720_SE_B 824E15DBC7761109614080EBC5E0749B
FW720_BTE_A 047C3F8A970E2C149D016354E41CDB16
FW720_BTE_B 0D84B8FAD733CDAC7EB8D147D5BC7B94

For SE For BTE

Recommended System Configuration
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows® 7
  • Computer and processor: Computer with Intel Core® (or equivalent) processor running at 2.2 gigahertz (GHz) or higher
  • Memory: 2 gigabytes (GB) of RAM or more.

Note: The more RAM and the faster the CPU, the better FieldWorks will perform, especially with larger projects.

Minimum System Requirements
  • Operating system: Microsoft Windows® XP Professional with Service Pack 2 or later, Windows Vista®, or Windows® 7.
  • Computer and processor: Computer with Intel Pentium® (or equivalent) processor running at 1.5 gigahertz (GHz).
  • Memory: 500 megabytes (MB) of RAM.
  • Hard disk: Hard disk space requirements will vary depending on existing machine configuration and custom installation choices. As a guideline figure, you should have at least 1.5 gigabytes free prior to installation. In any case, you are recommended to have at least 10% of your hard drive free in order to allow Windows to run properly.
  • Display: 1024 by 768 pixels screen resolution or greater (for laptops, use native display resolution).
  • Offline storage: An external USB drive, network drive, or writeable CD-ROM to allow offline data backups.
  • Peripherals: Mouse or compatible pointing device.

For Linux

A Linux version of FieldWorks 7.2.0 is not yet available.
Instructions on downloading and installing the Linux version of FieldWorks 7.0.

2 Responses to “FieldWorks 7.2”

  1. Kerry says:

    on Page you say
    “Unfortunately, we cannot provide a patch for you to upgrade to 7.2.”

    Just wondering why that is?

  2. ann_bush says:

    Upgrades between certain versions of FieldWorks cannot be made by patch. because some types of changes are incompatible with the patching technology we use. We try to keep changes where only the third node changes upgradeable by patch.

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