FieldWorks 7.2.6

Version Date: August 1, 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This release has been  superseded by a subsequent release.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 7.2.6:

  • Corrected a crash on “Concordance” pane when inserting “Lex. Entries” into “Displaying lines:” in “Configure Interlinear Lines” dialog box. This should resolve some random crashes.
  • Crash on Lexicon “Entry” pane when inserting identical replace reference in “Lexical Relation”.
  • Added two new browse columns that refer to the count of text analyses in a given entry or sense.
  • Correct a crash after deleting a reversal entry in bulk copy.
  • Add a new tools utility to delete entries/senses unused by interlinear filtered texts.
  • Correct a problem where “Select All” wasn’t working as expected.
  • Correct “Grammar note” wasn’t appearing in Configure reversal index view dialog box but appears in configure dictionary view.
  • Fixed putting wrong morph type on allomorph.
  • Fixed problem where custom field displays were multiplying in reversal index configuration and possibly other places.
  • Fixed Undo/Redo problem in Reversal Index promote/move (and probably several elsewhere).
  • Fixed subentries shown as main entry when switching views in Reversal Indexes.
  • Configure Columns in reversals doesn’t allow Form to be in wrong writing system.
  • Correct Ghost reversal entries so only entries in the appropriate language will appear.
  • Prevent crash on empty reversal index.
  • Index Card export fix.
  • Custom List refs are now assigned the correct destination class.
  • Non-Researcher people now get exported to lift-ranges.
  • Fixed problem where refresh after Pathway export makes “Reversal Indexes” pane blank.
  • Changed Bulk Edit reversal entries title bar so that it shows which index is being edited.
  • When adding duplicate columns, a different writing system is now automatically selected.
  • Corrected a crash in the style dialog when right-clicking on a blank space in the user modified styles box.
  • Corrected crash so Paratext-using user is informed of pipe communication problem.
  • Correct a crash when switching to Reversal Entries.

In FieldWorks 7.1 improvements were made to:

  • The “Close applications” dialog box lists the FieldWorks installer: You might see a dialog box during installation (or uninstallation) saying “close the following applications before continuing the install”, and the only application listed is the FieldWorks installer itself. Workaround: Click the “Ignore” button.
  • 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 FW726_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\FW726_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.

7.2.6 SE Full (338 MB)

7.2.6 SE Minimal (104 MB)

7.2.6 BTE Full (353 MB)

7.2.6 BTE Minimal (119 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.4 to 7.2.6. (1.8 Mb)

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.5 to 7.2.6. (1.8 Mb)

  1. Download one of the Full or Minimal installation packages above, or a patch which is suitable for your computer.
  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
FW726_SE_A 8645221D879CC0C83D7B1A0E15500CE8
FW726_SE_B CE515DE3740CB48D50FEE4C3E7313718
FW726_BTE_A BEE5F964D903E4E849F19FAD8BEE4D53
FW726_BTE_B 4E80B9581CA2ACEDD3099B60526F9E25

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 7.2.6 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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