Paratext 7.3 Released

May 23, 2012

Paratext 7.3 has now been released. Details concerning the contents of this release can be found in the Release Notes.

Paratext 7.2 Released

August 22, 2011

UBS is pleased to announce the release of Paratext 7.2.

This release fixes many bugs and improves the Send/Receive functionality in ways which should be of great benefit to people with marginal Internet connections or using shared network drives.

  • Reduces the time it takes to receive project data from other team members, especially for projects with several members and in locations where access to the Internet server is slow.
  • All project data is sent and received in a way that allows resuming sending or receiving without restarting the operation from the beginning when a connection is temporarily lost.
  • Paratext clearly shows how much data remains to be transferred and whether actual progress is occurring.
  • Reduced problems with corrupted data when doing a send/receive to shared network drives.

See the Paratext information page for general information about Paratext.

New Paratext users need to complete the Paratext registration form. See About Paratext Registration for more details.

File 1495  When doing Send/Receive's Paratext 7.2. will operate correctly with other computers using 7.1 so it is not necessary to upgrade all the computers on a team at the same time.

If you have any version of 7.1 or 7.2 Beta installed and you have ticked the menu item Help > Automatically Update Paratext, Paratext will attempt to download and install 7.2 automatically starting on September 5th. If you do not want this to happen, untick this menu item.

Please review the Paratext 7.2 Release Notes and Installation Instructions before downloading files or beginning the install process.


The Paratext Team

Paratext 7.1 Released

November 19, 2010

UBS is pleased to announce the release of Paratext 7.1.

This update includes important improvements in the areas of:

  • Project sharing (Send/Receive) setup and security
  • New wordlist and spell checking features
  • Interlinear tool support for scripture revision, back translation, and text adaptation
  • New Parallel Passages review and checking tool
  • ... plus numerous other improvements and bug fixes.

The updated Paratext information page, and the complete Release Announcement provide additional details about new 7.1 features.

New Paratext users need to complete the Paratext registration form. See About Paratext Registration for more details.


File 1495  Please review the Paratext 7.1 Release Notes and Installation Instructions before downloading files or beginning the install process.


The Paratext Team

The Frustration of Too Big A View

Paratext 7 has an option "View > By Chapter". If this is checked Paratext does all its editing one chapter at a time. This is much much faster especially for a big book like Psalms. If it is unchecked Paratext tries to handle the whole book at once. If you notice editing has become very slow, check this menu item. Normally if you are only viewing a book and not editing this may not be too big of a problem.

[You can skip all the rest if you are not interested in knowing why Paratext 7 is worse about this than Paratext 6]

The Dangers of Being Polite

Paratext 7 attempts to be polite. Polite programs, like polite people, remember your preferences and don't keep asking you over and over again how you would like something done. How is this dangerous?

Imagine that I had strong feelings about coffee and was easily shocked. Supposed I asked you how you would like your coffee and you said "Frozen solid.". Immediately I go into shock, faint, and fall on the floor. The next time you walk up to me and say "I would like some coffee." and I fall on the floor again. How did this happen? As a polite person I remember your preference for frozen coffee. As soon as you ask for coffee I assume you want it the same way and the shock of it all causes me to faint yet again.

A Request for Help With Terminology


In Paratext 7 there is a something that currently does not have an official name. This thing is a kind of big "pot" which behaves as follows:

Missing Verses and How to Get Them Back

There is a problem with Paratext 7 on some machines (3 that I know of) that occasionally causes the following:
When you are editing a paragraph the last verse of the paragraph is erased leaving only the verse number.

We have not been able to determine why this happens on some machines and not others or what triggers the problem. The problem is actually in some Microsoft supplied code, but Clayton has found a way to circumvent this code.

You can do the following:

Caution about Paratext 7 Send/Receive


The new Paratext 7 Send/Receive functionality can be used on a single machine to keep a project history of the files on that machine and to make an offsite backup of that history on the Internet server. There appear to be relatively few problems with this usage. When used in this way files must be moved between machines using Backup/Restore as in previous versions of Paratext.

There is a more complex multi-machine way to use Send/Receive to share files across machines ...

A Wonderous Tale (Fixing Up A Laundry Mess)

At our house when the laundry has been washed and dried it is supposed to be neatly folded and placed in a basket so the next person knows it is clean. Sometimes someone (who shall remain nameless) gets in a hurry and just piles the clean laundry unfolded in a basket. Someone else comes along and places a basket of dirty laundry next to the basket of clean laundry. Once we start moving these baskets around a sad tale of woe and gloom begins with no one being quite sure what baskets contain dirty laundry and what baskets contain clean laundry.

At this point you are probably wondering two things:

  1. How did anyone ever develop such a masterful story telling ability?
  2. Is there a deeper level of meaning to this story known only to the enlightened ones?

Two Warnings About Send/Receive


  1. When anyone on a project deletes a book Paratext 7 remembers that change. When you do a Send/Receive that change is sent to everyone else on the project and the book is deleted from their copy of the project also. I am planning to add a warning to this effect to the Project/Delete Books command. There will still be many copies of the book in the project history and the latest one can be recovered by following the instructions in the first "sheep" message.
  2. If you give your Paratext user Id to someone else (perhaps for a short time while they are waiting for their own Id) any changes they make to books or books they delete will be sent to your copy of the project on the Internet server. When you next do a Send/Receive all those changes will appear on your system and it will look as if you made them yourself. This can be dangerous and very confusing.



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