FieldWorks 7.2.3

Version Date: March 16, 2012

This release has been  superseded by a subsequent release.

FieldWorks 7.2.3 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 FieldWorks 7.2.3, 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.
  • Show Entry in Lexicon added in right-click menu in Categorized Entry (uneditable entries only.)
  • Lots of bugs were fixed!
  • The French translation of the Semantic Domain list is now included again (affects new projects). It has been updated to v4 of the Semantic Domain list.

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.
  • New experimental program, Transcelerator, for semi-automated translation of comprehension checking questions leveraging key term equivalents. More details.

FLEx Bugs Fixed in 7.2.3

  • Hermit Crab: does not handle “derivation outside of inflection”
  • Change Spelling is causing data to get trashed
  • Wordlist creates new entries for existing words
  • Crash when switching between texts on the Text Charts tab
  • Sorting caused texts to be hidden
  • Crash clicking on a text in the concordance
  • Can’t open version 7.0.6 project in 7.2.2
  • Multiple Keyboards not working in Text Notes and Free Translation fields
  • Text of Style ‘Added Text’ in Notebook gives ‘Out of Range’ error when imported from version 6
  • Crash adding a component to a lexical entry
  • Opening a corrupted project file causes the data to be deleted
  • Crash changing text language to English
  • Crash when editing a text with ‘Add Words to Lexicon’ checked
  • Random crash editing baseline of a text
  • Going through the free translation field using the right arrow key skips the end position and goes to the next line.
  • Get error message or crash when creating a phrase in Texts area
  • Configuring different formatting for different types of minor entry causes a duplicate minor entry
  • Sorting triangles at top of columns are hidden when you first set the sort and the mouse is still hovering over the top of the column heading.
  • Crash on configuring columns in the Words Analysis Tool.
  • Crash on merging entries which have same component
  • FieldWorks installer does not preserve user selected project location
  • Crash when trying to add a new writing system
  • FLEx green screen is inactive, so the user can’t do anything with it
  • FLEx uses English on a new text instead of the chosen vernacular
  • Keyboard not selected properly in focus box
  • Spaces lost in SFM dictionary import after in-line character markers
  • Reversal Index should be initialized to “Sorted by Form”
  • Crash when adding new sense
  • Bullets not showing in reversal xhtml view
  • LiftBridge Send/Receive not copying changed pictures/audio files
  • Inflection Class does not show in dictionary view
  • Merging Senses results in crash
  • Can’t select writing system for custom list reference field – various locations
  • Tools menu lost command used to configure columns (Lexicon Edit, Categorized Entry and so on)
  • Column somehow duplicated itself in Entries pane, Lex Edit.
  • Referenced Complex Forms ordering only used temporarily in Dictionary view
  • 40 other problems including 17 crashes.

TE bugs fixed in 7.2.3

  • Crash when clicking in Editorial Checks results grid
  • Unwanted indentations written out for modified objects in the XML
  • Crash when shrinking the width of the Transcelerator window.

TE/Transcelerator improvements in 7.2.3

  • When there are too many terms in a question to be able to display them all at once, a horizontal scroll bar now appears, temporarily increasing the height of the key terms pane
  • Enhanced biblical terms and alternate form overrides
  • Now possible to resize the key term renderings pane
  • Transcelerator can request other TE window to display a particular key term
  • TE re-selects a previously selected key term when TE restarts
  • When editing translations, Home and End keys work when in edit mode and entire cell contents are selected

  • LIFTBridge is currently not recommended for FLEx-to-FLEx data transfer. (It is still safe to use LIFTBridge to transfer data between WeSay and FLEx.)
  • XHTML export of Dictionary or Reversal can have large or insufficient gaps between some items due to a problem with paragraph information getting into character styles. Workaround: Delete the paragraph style information from the character styles in the accompanying CSS.
  • 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 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.
  • The installation packages do not install FieldWorks on Vista SP2 French. Workaround:
    1. Double click on the FieldWorks installer package, such as FW723_BTE_A.exe, to extract the contents to an installation folder you specify.
    2. On the installation screen, click the check box to install FieldWorks and then click OK.
    3. At any point during the FW installer, click Cancel to interrupt the installation.
    4. Further dialogs will ask about ending the installation. Continue to refuse to install FieldWorks.
    5. From the command line (DOS prompt), change to the installation folder you specified in step 1.
    6. Then type “setup.exe -silent” at the command line for example: C:\Users\{UserName}\MyFWFolder\FW723_BTE_A>setup.exe -silent
    7. Hit Enter and FieldWorks will silently install, without displaying the usual installation screens.

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.

7.2.3 SE Full (338 MB)

7.2.3 SE Minimal (104 MB)

7.2.3 BTE Full (352 MB)

7.2.3 BTE Minimal (118 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.2 to 7.2.3. (16 Mb)

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.1 to 7.2.3. (16 Mb)

  1. Download one of the Full or Minimal installation packages above (or use one of the patches to upgrade from 7.2.2 or 7.2.1)
  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 may 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
FW723_SE_A 8D5ADBF2CE633655C75B45EB49CE5BDC
FW723_SE_B 3FCD63B838D7A68972D0CA258FA98BD8
FW723_BTE_A F9407A1E652004E422E34A3B1451ECA5
FW723_BTE_B 93BE2A6E2AFA2B1727B228AEE3672E83

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

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