FieldWorks 7.2.5

Version Date: June 26, 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This release has been  superseded by a subsequent release.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 7.2.5:

  • Prevent SFM import from adding duplicate lexical relations (when relations are in multiple languages).
  • Prevent crash in discourse charts due to bad settings.
  • Allow list translations to be installed on non-US systems.
  • Catch another project file corruption case.
  • Correct problem with Environments field only allowing the user to type in one environment field and the right arrow key no longer working.
  • “Copy of Notebook Records” and “rename” custom views no longer disappear after clicking Tool → Configure → Restore Defaults.
  • Correct cursor behavior when breaking morphemes in the analysis sandbox to what was expected.
  • Added fix for incomplete project write due to power failure.
  • Fixed the “Otherwise Stuff” between senses problem. Getting the bulleted list corrected will be a part of a larger fix.
  • Invisible spaces will no longer prevent phrase linking. Also fixed a bug in the detection of incomplete files.
  • Invisible spaces should no longer end up in the list of Analysis, and phrase creation should still work.
  • Correct Reversal indexes wrongly sorted by UI language, not analysis ws.
  • Correct Send/Receive LIFT importing data with &, etc.
  • Info tab should now be correct in the Concordance when a filter is active in the InterlinearText.
  • The number of times the writing system changed message is shown should be reduced now.
  • Recalculate homograph numbers when one homograph is merged into another of same form.
  • Configured SFM export now works with Custom fields.
  • Corrected that exported interlinear to HTML were missing Notes and Literal Translation lines.
  • Correct browse pane going blank when filter is released.
  • Correction to Old default location Media files not restored from a FW7 backup that includes them.
  • Fix so custom fields not duplicated in LIFT import.
  • Added scriptures from “Word List Concordance” area are now getting displayed on “Interlinear Texts” area.
  • Fix to non-alphanumeric characters being sorted incorrectly.
  • Correct crash cancelling the “inflectional affix gloss builder” and new entry dialog.
  • Correct Sense Numbers missing from Subentries in export.
  • Correct importing variants of subentries from SFM.
  • Fixed a problem with Reversal subentries.
  • Color settings should now be output in the xhtml, also insert xml:space=preserve on spans which could be whitespace only.
  • Fixed crash in FM Bangla project with original settings.
  • Fixed a problem with ReversalIndexes not exporting subentries correctly.

In FieldWorks 7.1 improvements were made to:

  • 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.
  • 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 FW725_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\FW725_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.

7.2.5 SE Full (338 MB)

7.2.5 SE Minimal (104 MB)

7.2.5 BTE Full (353 MB)

7.2.5 BTE Minimal (119 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.4 to 7.2.5. (1 Mb)

  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
FW725_SE_A 97C10ED7EC4F068308665772D1AEBC49
FW725_SE_B D132923F5055B7804C2FCC3CD59CA4CA
FW725_BTE_A 8293DDCA88E4A0291111F04F530C21EE
FW725_BTE_B 82B11C574FCF7AAF1306C20941AA7FB4

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 7.2.5 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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