In 2018, developers at SIL surprised the Paratext steering committee by coming up with a version of Paratext that worked on Android tablets and phones, and they did it in a relatively short amount of time. They were careful to warn users that this limited version of Paratext, branded Paratext Lite, was not intended as a primary translation tool but as a companion to Paratext. Now, a couple of years later, we took an in-depth look at how it is being applied to the task of Bible translation by contacting users. The results may surprise you! …
We are pleased to announce that Paratext 9.1 is now available as a full release. Many teams will be required to use project plans soon, so Paratext 9.1 has significantly improved the tools used to manage tasks and assignments for working with a project plan. Paratext 9.1 is the latest release on the Paratext 9.x branch and will replace Paratext 9.0 on your system.
We have produced a set of videos that will let you see these features in action – or show you how to use these new features if you are ready to try them: …
We are pleased to announce that Paratext 9.1 is now available as a beta version. Many teams will be required to use project plans soon, so Paratext 9.1 has significantly improved the tools used to manage tasks and assignments for working with a project plan.
We have produced a set of videos that will let you see these features in action – or show you how to use these new features if you are ready to try them:
What changed since Paratext 9.0?
Here are the main changes:
- Translation Priorities is a new feature that allows teams to define the portions of Scripture they want to finish first. For instance, a team might want to finish Matthew first, then the rest of the Gospels, then the Letters of Paul.
- My Tasks now makes it easier for each member of a translation team to see their most important tasks. It shows what to do next, drawing from the progress plan and associated translation priorities.
- Rich Text in Progress Plans allows progress plans to contain detailed instructions, with hypertext links to external sources if needed. Progress plan creators can leverage this to provide extensive guidance to translation team members.
- Assignments & Progress has added features to help project administrators work more efficiently – bulk assignments, showing why tasks are blocked, and integrated support for translation priorities. It has also improved support for postponing tasks and checks.
- Progress Plan Administration has added progress plan versioning so that an organization’s progress plans can be improved over time without disrupting translation efforts. It makes it easier to update to the latest version of your organization’s plan. It also allows you to postpone an update if you need to stay on an older version.
- Performance improvements (including 64-bit architecture)
We believe that Paratext 9.1 will help translation teams work toward their translation goals, focusing on what they need to do today. It will also simplify project administration, making it easier to produce a plan and to adapt when progress plans change. …
Did you know there are almost 100 different keyboard shortcuts available to help you in Paratext?! It’s true! Many common shortcut keys like Copy/Paste, Save, and Print are at your fingertips (pun intended), as well as Paratext-specific shortcuts that can save time when doing repetitive tasks.
Want to go to a different verse reference without using the mouse? No problem!
What about undoing that last tab/window move? Yup!
How about quickly navigating that long list in your Find window, or even the Notes list window? Paratext can do that too. …
Paratext makes collaboration possible even in these difficult times when face-to-face interaction is becoming rare. Project Sharing or Send/Receive is available for all registered projects. This feature is heavily used by translation teams to keep on working when it isn’t possible to share an office. Occasionally, however, problems can arise. Many of these issues can be resolved by following good practices. In May of 2020, we started the first in what was going to be a series of articles on Send/Receive. Instead, we’ve gone back to the old Paratext 7 project sharing manual and completely revised and updated it for Paratext 9. It is quite comprehensive and could be titled: Everything you ever wanted to know about Paratext project sharing but were afraid to ask. You can find the link to the manual at the bottom. …