FieldWorks 7.2.4

Version Date: April 20, 2012

This release has been  superseded by a subsequent release.

In FieldWorks 7.2, enhancements were focused in the Texts and Words area. Click on the hyperlinks to view screenshots.

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.

Bugs fixed in 7.2.4:

  • “Send/Receive LIFT” (powered by LIFTBridge) is working better now and can be recommended for use by FLEx users for transferring lexical data between 2 or more FLEx users (as well as with WeSay.) If you are a LIFTBridge user, you must download a new version of LIFTBridge to use it with FieldWorks 7.2.4. Use LIFTBridge 1.4.15 or later. See Known Issues for one remaining known problem.
    In 7.2.4, we fixed:
    • “Import” error when third member adds a custom field and then does Send/Receive LIFT
    • LIFT import causing problems with lexical relations and component forms
    • LIFT import could cause duplication of pictures
    • Crash while clicking on the Copy to Computer button when using the Local Network option in Send/Receive LIFT
    • A Chorus merge error.

    Note: work is ongoing to produce a more complete solution for transferring all FLEx data between FLEx users.

  • Crash in Dictionary view when using localized (non-English) user interface.
  • Crash modifying baseline of a text in FLEx or via TE. The error received was ‘Can’t start new task while broadcasting Prop Changes.
  • Problem where user was blocked by repeated ‘Spelling Dictionary Problem’ error.
  • When using Find in Dictionary in the Baseline of a text, and using the Other function to look up another word, the Show button was not working on the Find dialog. This also affected this feature in Translation Editor and Paratext.

In FieldWorks 7.1 improvements were made to:

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.

  • For Send/Receive LIFT, you need to use LIFTBridge 1.4.15 or later.
  • When using Send/Receive LIFT, FLEx does not correctly transfer the deletion or replacement of a reference in a lexical relation (e.g. Synonym). In each case, the reference that was removed reappears after using Send/Receive LIFT. Workaround: Delete the reference on all computers involved in the collaboration.
  • 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 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 FW724_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\FW724_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.

7.2.4 SE Full (338 MB)

7.2.4 SE Minimal (104 MB)

7.2.4 BTE Full (353 MB)

7.2.4 BTE Minimal (120 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

No patch is available for this version due to a bug fix that could not be fixed through a patch, sorry!

  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 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
FW724_SE_B F6084ECB5487933F6E9483B0CE474C93
FW724_BTE_A 7801394EFF0304522222D677C44B87D3
FW724_BTE_B 3E6CB150CE4627BBC6C3EB8A26E3A0FB

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 7.2.4 is not yet available. If you plan to share data between the Linux beta and a compatible Windows version, for now, you need to use FieldWorks 7.0.6 on Windows.
Instructions on downloading and installing the Linux version of FieldWorks 7.0.

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