Software Updates

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  • Paratext 7.5 installer package is available.
  • Publishing Assistant 5.0 installer package is available.

About Paratext

Paratext 7 Overview

Paratext is a tool designed to help translators, exegetical advisors, translation consultants, project support staff produce quality translations from the point of view of both format and content. The program enables the translator to input a first or revised draft of the text and check and review that draft against the biblical source texts and a selection of model translations and resource materials in electronic format. The UBS Translation Handbook Series complement and enhance the resources of the major Bible versions included with Paratext. The Handbooks are detailed commentaries providing exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information on the books of the Bible. They are prepared primarily to assist Bible translators.

Reviewing and entering translations in the editing window is enhanced through access to a selection of text Views. Text entry has been simplified, even for people who know little about standard format markers. Project teams can easily and safely share project data using a feature called Send/Receive. Security of the text is ensured through a project history feature. The interlinear window and glossing features facilitate back translations, adaptations, and revisions. Source Language Tools are fully integrated into the program. A wide variety of checking tools help users evaluate the text for accuracy and consistency, in order to develop a ‘clean’ electronic database of the scripture text. This database of text can then serve as a basis for electronic typesetting or production of a range of different editions and formats in a variety of media.

Below we profile some of the key features of Paratext 7.


Paratext Editor with Text Collection 

Availability and Prerequisites

The Paratext program and its associated text files have been developed by the United Bible Societies for use by its translation and publishing project teams. Paratext is also made available for use by other Bible agencies for whom a formal licensing arrangement with UBS has been established. Persons qualified to use Paratext will include translation consultants, translators, reviewers, translation software trainers/supporters, and those directly engaged in the translation's production. Copyright restrictions, especially those determined by third party copyright holders, require that use and distribution of Paratext be strictly limited to those engaged in the Bible translation and publishing process.

Use of Paratext and associated software requires registration.

File 1445 Every user needs to have a unique registration name and registration code combination to use Paratext. It is not acceptable to use one person's registration information on someone else’s computer.

This issue is critical. Using a single registration name/code for more than one person could result in serious damage to project data, history information, and project sharing functionality. So, please make sure that every qualifying user of Paratext 7 is properly registered and that this registration information is applied correctly to their installation of Paratext.

Registration for Paratext does not authorize the license holder to publish any of the texts and resources supplied with the software, because they are protected by copyright. Registration helps the UBS to ensure that these restrictions are observed and enforced so that we may continue to benefit from the generosity of these copyright holders. Registration also enables you to access:

  • program updates & service releases
  • scripture text updates and additions
  • Paratext support resources