FieldWorks 7.0.5

This release has been  superseded by a subsequent release.

  • Greatly improved performance.
  • FieldWorks BTE can now be updated with maintenance patches between releases; you will not need to download the entire program each time there are new bug fixes available.
  • Numerous bugs have been fixed in the course of the reengineering effort.
  • Backup files can include settings (e.g. dictionary configuration) and linked files (e.g. pictures) as well as data.
  • Backup files now have the extension fwbackup, and a restore can be triggered by double-clicking on the fwbackup file in Windows Explorer.
  • You can customize the location where you store FieldWorks projects.
  • In Language Explorer:
    • You can minimize sections when viewing a lexical entry.
    • You can add a new list to the Lists area.
    • You can add custom fields of more types (number, date, list reference, multi-paragraph.)
  • Almost all dialogs in FieldWorks can now be localized.
  • Since 7.0.4:
    • Hook up Help Button: Choose Type chooser in Inflection Features (Grammar).
    • Hook up Help button in “Find and Replace” dialog box (Wrong Help view).
    • Correct Speed Issues creating a new entry when analyzing texts.
    • Fixed writing system related crash encountered for projects with invalid “cmn”, “pes”, or “arb” writing system codes.
    • Enhanced FixFwData code to change such codes in a project (and related LDML files) for the above fix to the correct values.
    • Fixed intermittent problem where Grammar Sketch does not work. In one project it does nothing, in another it tries but then “FIeldWorks has stopped working” message box appears.
    • Fixed typo in grammar sketch XSLT file.
    • Fixed bug in updating obsolete writing system codes for reversal indexes and other places (in FixFwData).
    • Fixed a problem where Flex crashes every time I go to Grammar -> Environments”.
    • Fixed Error message given while importing interlinear xml from version 6 into version 7.

Other differences from FieldWorks 6.0.x and earlier

  • Data Notebook is no longer installed as a separate application. Its features and data can now be accessed in Language Explorer in the new Notebook area.
  • Topics List Editor is no longer installed as a separate application. All of the list data it managed is now managed by the Lists area in Language Explorer.
  • WorldPad is no longer installed with FieldWorks. WorldPad can be installed on its own if needed. Download.
  • FieldWorks no longer uses SQL Server, so Microsoft SQL Server is no longer required to be installed. The FieldWorks download packages are therefore smaller, and installing FieldWorks is simpler.
  • We have discontinued offering backup reminders and schedule. Please let us know if you need these features added back in.
  • Sharing projects over a local area network takes an extra step. To enable sharing your projects, select File>Project Management> Project Locations and Sharing. Select the check box “Share projects stored on this computer”. See the help file for additional instructions.
  • This version can be installed alongside an installation of FieldWorks 6.0.6 or earlier. This may be useful for consultants and trainers but should be used carefully by others. Make sure you only edit project data in one version, not both! More information.

  • “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.
  • icu….dll is missing: When launching FieldWorks, you might get an error message claiming that the file icuin40.dll/icuuc40.dll (or some other icu… file) is missing. Workaround: restart your computer and try launching FieldWorks again.
  • zh writing systems: If you have been using a previous version of FieldWorks 7 AND a writing system in your project has a writing system code starting with zh but no REGION code (e.g. code is zh or zh-pin) then you will run into a serious problem when you upgrade to 7.0.5. Workaround: Before upgrading use Find and Replace directly in the fwdata file to add a region code, e.g. change zh to zh-CN. Need more help? Contact us.
  • Equivalant language codes: If you have data in the same field in your project where the writing systems are equivalent codes e.g. cmn and zh, pes and fa, arb and ar, you will run into a problem when you upgrade to 7.0.5. Workaround: Before upgrading use Find and Replace directly in the fwdata file to add a variant or region code to one of the writing system codes, e.g. change zh to zh-CN. Need more help? Contact us.
  • Inaccurate “at end” filter: Language Explorer does not return the full set of matches if you specify “at end” in the “Filter for” dialog box. Workaround: select “Match for regular expression”, and use $ at the end of the search text to indicate “at end” in a regular expression notation.
  • Using both Language Explorer and Translation Editor: if you have set your projects to be shared on your local network in File > Project Management > Project Locations and Sharing, it is not possible to run Translation Editor and Language Explorer on the same project at the same time.
  • Date of Event Filter: if you set a filter using the Restrict option on the Date of Event field in Notebook, your filter results will not be accurate if your operating system’s short date format is not MM-dd-yyyy. If the date format shown in the filter indicator is different from the date format shown in the column, you will encounter this problem.

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 6.9 or 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.

7.0.5 SE Full (323 MB)

7.0.5 SE Minimal (90 MB)

7.0.5 BTE Full (336 MB)

7.0.5 BTE Minimal (103 MB)

Download FLEx Movies

Download patch to upgrade from BTE 7.0.4 to BTE 7.0.5. (1 Mb)

Download patch to upgrade from BTE 7.0.3 to BTE 7.0.4. (2.8 Mb)

Download patch to upgrade from BTE 7.0.2 to BTE 7.0.3. (1.8 Mb)

Download patch to upgrade from BTE 7.0.1 to BTE 7.0.5. (4 Mb)

Version Date: July 7, 2011

  1. Download one of the Full or Minimal installation packages above (or use one or more patches to upgrade from 7.0.1 or later.)
  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 will 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. There is one installation issue and one post-installation issue which you might run into.

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
FW705_SE_A D479B825E0D14A41646769469B59D39C
FW705_SE_B 4CDB1409B6D1034768F96B23027DF79A
FW705_BTE_A 0112D8DD0E9CD3DF82DA7DAEF94998AC
FW705_BTE_B 97C01AB3258CCA22011C1196892DBD06

For SE For BTE

For Linux

Instructions on downloading and installing the Linux version. The Linux version is still considered to be beta quality.

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