FieldWorks 7.2.7

Version Date: October 12, 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This release has been superseded by a subsequent release.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 7.2.7:

  • Fixed a failure to import non-Roman SFM file.
  • Fixed a text chart crash when moving past marker.
  • Fixed problem where FLEx stopped responding on changing Writing System of a text.
  • Ensured data goes to right fields when creating entries and copying and pasting between writing systems.
  • Fixed crash on “Bulk edit Entries” pane when adding “Inflection Features”
  • Spelling dictionary-related dialog is no longer hidden by the splash screen.
  • Merging entries no longer duplicates grammatical info.
  • Fixed backspace in the baseline that was causing a crash.
  • Fixed Dictionary Preview not being updated immediately after changes to lexeme or citation form.
  • Fixed bullet that was appearing on an empty line in Reversal index → Xhtml output.
  • Fixed Page Up/Down in non-editable text (Analyze tab)
  • Fixed crash caused by custom “Dictionary views” after reopening FLEx with shift key held down.
  • Fixed problem in Sena 2 where both Por and Eng glosses were appearing in Dictionary when only Default Analysis was selected for display.
  • Changing to “Occurs Exactly Once” option in Phonological Rule no longer removes an existing element entirely
  • Fixed crash on assigning grammatical info.
  • Fixed crash on merging entries.
  • Fixed Duplicate function so it actually duplicates ALL the features of the node.
  • Fixed disappearing pronunciation in reversal index
  • Fixed filter that wasn’t giving correct results
  • Fixed problem where homograph numbers were being inadvertently changed (reordered) via a Citation Form Bulk Replace operation
  • Fixed crash when adding an entry through Paratext.

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 FW727_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\FW727_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.

7.2.7 SE Full (338 MB)

7.2.7 SE Minimal (104 MB)

7.2.7 BTE Full (353 MB)

7.2.7 BTE Minimal (120 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.6 to 7.2.7. (2 Mb)

Download patch to upgrade from 7.2.5 to 7.2.7. (2 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
FW727_SE_A 6C83782D3E7E366CBAF3314216936002
FW727_SE_B 924AEC6A522AF18936527DB40FBD2279
FW727_BTE_A 2576160528C2E40AE3049EA55F7A3F81
FW727_BTE_B 0F6BD59D6B95B3339ECEA41BC31893F4

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

The latest stable version of FieldWorks for Linux is 7.0.6. It can only open or restore projects created by FieldWorks 7.0.6 or earlier (on either platform). To use projects edited with FW 7.2.7 on Windows, we recommend downloading a version of FieldWorks for Linux from 8.0.3 beta 4 on. Please see the FieldWorks download page for the latest information about compatible versions.

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