Frequently Asked Questions

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General questions

The video below (starting at 4:48) describes how to enter your registration information and registration code in Paratext.

To get started with Paratext for FREE, register here.

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Do you need to change the organization you are registered with? You can do this at any time, but you need to be aware of two things first:

  • Your registration must be accepted by the membership approver of the new organization, and it may take a while, depending on how responsive they are.
  • If your registration is approved, you will receive a new registration code that must be entered into Paratext to continue to have full functionality.

Request Membership of an Organization

Here is how to request membership of an organization for those with an existing registration.

  1. Go to https://registry.paratext.org and log in using the email account that you registered with.
  2. Click on your name at the top-right of the page:
    Click your name then my profile

    1. Click My Profile.
  3. Scroll down to Primary Organisation.
  4. Click Request membership of an organisation:
    Request membership of an organization
  5. Search for and select your organization:
    Search for and select organization

    1. Click the Request button.
  6. If you are not part of any organization listed, you may Request to be an Independent Translator

Change Membership to a Different Organization

If you see “Requested membership of [name of organization]”, this means your request is in process.

Mmembership requested

If it has taken too long, or you requested membership of the wrong organization, you may make another request as follows:

  1. Go to https://registry.paratext.org/orgs
  2. Search for your correct organization’s name and find it in the list below:
    Search for and find organization
  3. Do NOT click the View button.
  4. Instead click the down arrow next to the View button:
    request membership to organization

    1. Click Request Membership.

Request to be an Independent Translator (no Organization)

If you are not with an organization but are involved in a Bible translation project that follows the FOBAI Translation Standards, you may Request to be approved as an independent translator.

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Windows
Windows 8 or later with 8GB of RAM. (Paratext will run with 4GB RAM or even less, but it would be better not to run other programs at the same time.)

Paratext 9.1 will probably not work on Windows 10 for ARM devices, like the Surface Pro X.

Linux
Paratext 9 can be installed in an Ubuntu or Wasta Linux LTS (long-term support) version.
For info, see packages.sil.org

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Find Your Existing Registration Code

You can copy/paste your existing code from Paratext:

  1. Paratext 9: Go to the Paratext menu > Help > Registration Information.
    1. Paratext 8: Go to Tools > Registration Information.
  2. Your Registration Code should look similar to this: W9GYM2-CUK4ET-7RPVGV-JWEPG6-WBTE8P:
    paratext registration code
  3. You could also search for an email with your Registration Code:
    1. From: admin [at] paratext.org
    2. Subject: “Your registration code for Paratext”

Reset your Registration Code

If you cannot find your registration code, you can reset it with these instructions: I lost my registration code.

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Paratext projects have two names (see Project menu > Project Settings > Project Properties):

  • Full Name: For example, “Hawaiian Pidgin Translation Project” (1)
  • Short Name: For example, “hwc21” (2)

It is very simple to change a project’s Full Name, but more complicated/involved to change a project’s Short Name.

Instructions to make these changes are below.

Change a Project’s Full Name

Only a Project Administrator can change a project’s Full Name.

To change a project’s Full Name, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the Project’s menu:
  2. Go to Project > Project Settings > Project Properties…
  3. Click Manage Registration:
  4. On the Paratext Registry website:
    1. Change the Project Full Name:
  5. Scroll down and click the Save Changes button.
  6. Go back to Paratext.
  7. Verify the Full Name has changed:
  8. Click OK.

Change a Project’s Short Name

Only a Project Administrator can change a project’s Short Name.

To change a project’s Short Name, follow these instructions: Using the Convert Project Tool.

 

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Yes. To add a text as a Paratext resource, the text must first be uploaded to the Digital Bible Library after passing required checks in Paratext. Once in the DBL, the owner may choose to license it to specific organizations, to all vetted Paratext users, or to every Paratext user.

  • If you are the rightsholder of a text you wish to add, you may work with the DBL curator in your organization to upload the text and make it available.
  • If you wish to request the addition of someone else’s text as a resource, you should contact the rights-holder and refer them to the text resources page to explain how we will use the resource:

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On January 14th, 2020 Microsoft ended support for Windows 7.

Paratext may still run on Windows 7, but it is no longer officially supported.  Some people have had difficulty installing Paratext 9 on Windows 7, and it is likely that future versions of Paratext will not run on Windows 7. We no longer test our software on Windows 7, and if you need support, we may ask you to move to Windows 10.

Also, please be aware that you are more vulnerable to being hacked if you are using Windows 7 because it will not receive security updates when vulnerabilities are discovered.   This is especially important if you work in a sensitive location. Microsoft discusses this in their end-of-support announcement:

After January 14, 2020, PCs running Windows 7 no longer receive security updates. Therefore, it’s important that you upgrade to a modern operating system such as Windows 10, which can provide the latest security updates to help keep you and your data safer. In addition, Microsoft customer service is no longer available to provide Windows 7 technical support. Related services for Windows 7 are also also being discontinued over time …

If you continue to use Windows 7 after support has ended, your PC will still work, but it will be more vulnerable to security risks and viruses. Your PC will continue to start and run, but will no longer receive software updates, including security updates, from Microsoft.

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A lot of the functionality in Paratext 9 is the same, but there have been significant changes to the menus, how windows work and how to open things. Paratext 9 also includes Enhanced Resources, texts with information about the underlying Greek or Hebrew words.

Menus

An awkwardness of using Paratext since it began is how the menus change or apply depending on what your active project is. How often have you gone looking for a command, or realized you just ran a check or tool on the wrong project because you forgot what you’d last clicked in? In Paratext 9, this confusion is minimized because the menu commands applying to specific projects are launched from that project window. Menus for global Paratext functions are launched from the top left icon. Menus are not displayed when not needed, giving you more room for text.

Windows

Arranging windows of different projects or components was either a tedious manual process, or a fully automatic one if you used a stacked arrangement. In Paratext 9, it is easier to arrange windows than in the manual process of earlier versions, while you can adjust your arrangement to make one window larger and another smaller, which was impossible in a stacked arrangement.

Open

Rather than several different menu commands for opening different things, like a special command to open Biblical Term renderings, another for dictionaries, another for Notes lists, in Paratext 9 all of these things can be opened from the same Open dialog.

Enhanced resources

Paratext 9 has new enhanced Scripture resources which have been tagged with information about the Greek and Hebrew words found in the source text. This allows lookups to be performed for lexical entries, images, and maps pertaining to the source language text. These resources are being translated into many languages of wider communication. Existing Paratext 8 resource texts are also available in Paratext 9.

The comprehensive list of new features is found here.

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No. Paratext 8 and Paratext 9 share the same data structure, so projects won’t require migration from Paratext 8 to Paratext 9. Members working on a shared project can use Paratext 8 or Paratext 9 and share changes with each other.

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No. There is just one edition which can be used by all users. It is available as either an Online or Offline installer.

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Paratext 9 version numbering works like Paratext 8 numbering – 9.0.x.y

If x is between 1 and 49, it is an alpha. Alpha versions are for early adopters only and are usually not fully featured or fully functional. They should not be used with live project data.

If x is Between 50 and 99 it is a beta. Beta versions are more functional, more feature-complete and stable than an alpha and may be appropriate to use with live projects. Sometimes a beta is offered as a “release candidate” to indicate it is a relatively stable beta version. Release candidates are the final beta versions before stable release versions.

If x is 100 or over, it is a full stable release. For example, 9.0.100.1 or greater.

The current version can be downloaded here: https://paratext.org/download/currentversion/

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The Paratext Board of Governors wishes to make Paratext available to all Bible translators with as few restrictions as possible. In the past, there were complaints about the difficulty of obtaining licenses for Paratext. The new registration system starting with Paratext 8 has been designed to decentralize the process of obtaining licenses. Now the approval process is managed by more than 250 organizations, each for their own personnel. Organizations and church groups are being added all the time by filling out a simple form found on this site’s registration information page. Here is how it works:

Any organization may request to become a Paratext Organization. There are two criteria:

  1.     They must agree to follow the standards for Bible translation set forth by the Forum of Bible Agencies International.  This is a checkbox on the form.
  2.     They must abide by the Paratext Terms of Use, in the section entitled Global Principles.  Although this is not made explicit on the organization registration form, it is in the confirmation email that is sent when the registration is received.

If any Bible translator does not have access to Paratext and its excellent set of resources for translators today, it is probably because they have not registered their organization.  In the rare case that a request is rejected, it is most often because the group is not involved in Bible translation. The only other cases of rejection are where they claim not to comply with FOBAI translation standards or have violated the Paratext Terms of Use in some way.

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  1. Go to https://registry.paratext.org
  2. Log in to the site with your email address
  3. Click on your username at the top right and select “My Profile”
  4. Click on “Change…” next to your Registration name.
  5. Enter the corrected name

Your new name will be effective immediately and you will receive a new registration code by email. Enter the new name and code into Paratext 8 under Tools > Registration Information.​

For a more complete explanation of the implications of changing your name, please see this complete article: Change a user’s Registration Name

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If you are using an older web browser, pages on the Registry website may fail to load. If you see a “Browser Unsupported” message, you’ll need to install or upgrade to a modern web browser instead. We recommend using the latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

The following browser versions (and older) are known to be problematic: Chrome 27, Firefox 25, Safari 6, Internet Explorer 10.

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The resources available to you will vary based on the group you belong to: Paratext User, Qualified Translator, or Qualified Translator in an Approved Organisation. Resources are available based on the licence the rights-holder has assigned to the resource in the Digital Bible Library. There are currently over 1,600 texts in the Digital Bible Library, although not all of them will be licensed for distribution in Paratext.  Any DBL resource that is licensed for distribution in Paratext will be available to be installed in Paratext. Resources that have an open license will be available to all users. Other resources will only be licensed for use by projects with certain organizations.

See Text Resources in Paratext

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To obtain resource files for offline installation, you will need to copy them from a computer that has already downloaded them in Paratext. Please follow the instructions below.

Instructions

Source Computer (Online)

First, on the source computer, you must download/update the Resources that you want to install:

  1. Paratext 9: Go to the Paratext menu > Download/Install Resources…
    1. Paratext 8: Go to File > Download/Install Resources…
  2. Choose Internet (or Folder if you have them locally already).
  3. Select the Resources that you want to copy/update for the offline installation.
  4. Click Download/Install.
  5. Wait for the Download/Install to finish.
  6. Go to My Paratext 8 Projects\_Resources directory.

    1. Newer installs: My Paratext 9 Projects\_Resources.
  7. Copy all the files in that directory to a USB drive.

Target Computer (Offline)

  1. Put the USB drive in the target computer.
  2. Paratext 9: Go to the Paratext Menu > Download/Install Resources…
    1. Paratext 8: Go to File > Download/Install Resources…
  3. Choose Folder.
  4. Navigate to the USB drive.
  5. Select the Resources you want to install.
  6. Click Download/Install.

Note that the copied resources will ONLY be accessible if the receiving user is registered with an organization that is licensed to use them.

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Text resources are downloaded directly into Paratext from the menu. (In Paratext 8, this is File > Download/Install Resources. In Paratext 9 Download/Install resources is in the Paratext menu). Resources come from the Digital Bible Library where they are licenced for use by Bible Translators.

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Paratext 9.1 release questions

Some users have been getting an error message that BYZ, HEB, and/or other resources are corrupt:

Only BYZ is Corrupt (Quick Fix)

Please follow these instructions if only BYZ is corrupt:

  1. Make sure Paratext is closed.
  2. Go to the My Paratext 8 Projects/_Resources directory
    1. Newer installs: My Paratext 9 Projects/_Resources.
  3. Remove the BYZ.p8z file.
  4. Download the new BYZ.p8z file from here: https://paratext.org/files/resources/BYZ.p8z.
  5. Copy the new BYZ.p8z file to your _Resources directory.
  6. Open Paratext and verify BYZ appears correctly in Paratext.
  7. Delete the old resource file.

Multiple Corrupt Files

Please follow these instructions to fix multiple corrupted files:

  1. Download the Paratext 9.1 installer if you have not already: https://paratext.org/download
  2. Save your current layout (if necessary): Paratext menu > Layout > Save current layout.
    1. Note: Uninstalling may cause Paratext to forget which windows were open.
  3. Make sure Paratext is closed.
  4. Go to the My Paratext 8 Projects/_Resources directory
    1. Newer installs: My Paratext 9 Projects/_Resources.
  5. Remove the files for the Source Language resources that are corrupt (for example: BYZ.p8z, HEB.p8z, GRK.p8z)
    1. Suggestion: move them to the Desktop.
  6. Uninstall Paratext 9.1.
    1. Choose Keep Settings.
    2. Note: Uninstalling will NOT remove any Project data.
  7. Run the Paratext 9.1 installer.
  8. Download and update to the latest Paratext 9.1 patch from https://paratext.org/download
    1. For example: Patch 9 1 104 39
  9. Verify that that corresponding resources (for example: BYZ.p8z, HEB.p8z, or GRK.p8z) were restored to the _Resources directory.
  10. Open Paratext and verify they appear correctly in Paratext.
  11. Delete the old resource files.

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Changes in patch 9.1.104.59

(since 9.1.104.39)

  • Exception: Paratext System.NullReferenceException ChangeListForm.cs:157

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-55626

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.OverflowException CustomWindowTitleBar.cs:499

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-51927

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException MegaMenu.cs:881

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-55787

 

  • Saved layout dialog refers to an obsolete menu category

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20883

 

  • RegexPal does not open showing the text of the selected project.

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20828

 

  • Exception: Biblical Terms tool throws restore memento exception at wrong time

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20799

 

  • The line separating the scripture text area and foot pane seems invisible

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20588

 

  • Exception: Hyphenation data being modified while loading

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20888

 

  • PtxUtils.Progress.ProgressCancelledException TextLoader.cs:0

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-55804

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.NullReferenceException ScriptureLinksHelper.cs:52

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-53095

 

  • Notes List Window keyboard shortcuts not functioning

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20832

 

  • Tools opened from project windows should inherit the Scripture navigation history from the project window’s scroll group

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20814

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.ArgumentOutOfRangeException DictionaryTab.cs:233

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-56090

 

  • Typing does not appear in main window after using A&P

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20858

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.ObjectDisposedException MegaMenu.cs:561

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-56249

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.NullReferenceException PlanVersionUpdater.cs:56

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-55574

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.InvalidOperationException OccurrencesFilters.cs:626

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-56365

 

  • Show only latest org project plans for most users. Allow org admins to also show org plans in development.

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20929

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.NullReferenceException BiblicalTermsForm.cs:515

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-56488

 

  • Exception: Paratext System.ArgumentException ProgressInfo.cs:701

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXE-54922

 

  • Paratext Live exception with Translation Priority filter

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXS-28816

 

  • Exception: Error while processing chapter verse check when verse is missing

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20934

 

  • Paratext not shutting down properly

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTXS-28854

 

  • BCV is disabled in new floating window opened from another FloatWindow by right click.

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20881

 

  • Target Invalid message (remove\ipr from the check for references)

https://paratext.myjetbrains.com/youtrack/issue/PTX-20105

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Paratext 9 release questions

Some users have been getting an error message that BYZ, HEB, and/or other resources are corrupt:

Only BYZ is Corrupt (Quick Fix)

Please follow these instructions if only BYZ is corrupt:

  1. Make sure Paratext is closed.
  2. Go to the My Paratext 8 Projects/_Resources directory
    1. Newer installs: My Paratext 9 Projects/_Resources.
  3. Remove the BYZ.p8z file.
  4. Download the new BYZ.p8z file from here: https://paratext.org/files/resources/BYZ.p8z.
  5. Copy the new BYZ.p8z file to your _Resources directory.
  6. Open Paratext and verify BYZ appears correctly in Paratext.
  7. Delete the old resource file.

Multiple Corrupt Files

Please follow these instructions to fix multiple corrupted files:

  1. Download the Paratext 9.1 installer if you have not already: https://paratext.org/download
  2. Save your current layout (if necessary): Paratext menu > Layout > Save current layout.
    1. Note: Uninstalling may cause Paratext to forget which windows were open.
  3. Make sure Paratext is closed.
  4. Go to the My Paratext 8 Projects/_Resources directory
    1. Newer installs: My Paratext 9 Projects/_Resources.
  5. Remove the files for the Source Language resources that are corrupt (for example: BYZ.p8z, HEB.p8z, GRK.p8z)
    1. Suggestion: move them to the Desktop.
  6. Uninstall Paratext 9.1.
    1. Choose Keep Settings.
    2. Note: Uninstalling will NOT remove any Project data.
  7. Run the Paratext 9.1 installer.
  8. Download and update to the latest Paratext 9.1 patch from https://paratext.org/download
    1. For example: Patch 9 1 104 39
  9. Verify that that corresponding resources (for example: BYZ.p8z, HEB.p8z, or GRK.p8z) were restored to the _Resources directory.
  10. Open Paratext and verify they appear correctly in Paratext.
  11. Delete the old resource files.

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Windows
Windows 8 or later with 8GB of RAM. (Paratext will run with 4GB RAM or even less, but it would be better not to run other programs at the same time.)

Paratext 9.1 will probably not work on Windows 10 for ARM devices, like the Surface Pro X.

Linux
Paratext 9 can be installed in an Ubuntu or Wasta Linux LTS (long-term support) version.
For info, see packages.sil.org

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Yes. Installing Paratext 9 does not remove Paratext 8 from your computer. The two versions use the same project folder, and there is no need to migrate projects like there was when moving from Paratext 7 to Paratext 8. Team members can share projects together even while some are on Paratext 8 and some on Paratext 9.

We would advise caution in opening both versions at the same time. Both versions read and write the same files in each project. If you make changes in one version, then changes in the same project in the other version, some of your changes might not be saved. You will get a warning message if you open one while the other is already open. We would advise you to heed the warning and close one before you open the other.

If after installing Paratext 9 you wish to remove Paratext 8, you can uninstall it from the Windows Settings App, (the gear in the start menu > Apps > find Paratext 8 in the list and click Uninstall) or from the Control Panel. (Programs and Features > Find Paratext 8 in the list, right click and choose Uninstall).

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No. Your Paratext 8 registration will work in Paratext 9. When you install Paratext 9, it will detect your registration info if Paratext 8 is installed on your computer.

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A lot of the functionality in Paratext 9 is the same, but there have been significant changes to the menus, how windows work and how to open things. Paratext 9 also includes Enhanced Resources, texts with information about the underlying Greek or Hebrew words.

Menus

An awkwardness of using Paratext since it began is how the menus change or apply depending on what your active project is. How often have you gone looking for a command, or realized you just ran a check or tool on the wrong project because you forgot what you’d last clicked in? In Paratext 9, this confusion is minimized because the menu commands applying to specific projects are launched from that project window. Menus for global Paratext functions are launched from the top left icon. Menus are not displayed when not needed, giving you more room for text.

Windows

Arranging windows of different projects or components was either a tedious manual process, or a fully automatic one if you used a stacked arrangement. In Paratext 9, it is easier to arrange windows than in the manual process of earlier versions, while you can adjust your arrangement to make one window larger and another smaller, which was impossible in a stacked arrangement.

Open

Rather than several different menu commands for opening different things, like a special command to open Biblical Term renderings, another for dictionaries, another for Notes lists, in Paratext 9 all of these things can be opened from the same Open dialog.

Enhanced resources

Paratext 9 has new enhanced Scripture resources which have been tagged with information about the Greek and Hebrew words found in the source text. This allows lookups to be performed for lexical entries, images, and maps pertaining to the source language text. These resources are being translated into many languages of wider communication. Existing Paratext 8 resource texts are also available in Paratext 9.

The comprehensive list of new features is found here.

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No. Paratext 8 and Paratext 9 share the same data structure, so projects won’t require migration from Paratext 8 to Paratext 9. Members working on a shared project can use Paratext 8 or Paratext 9 and share changes with each other.

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Paratext 9 version numbering works like Paratext 8 numbering – 9.0.x.y

If x is between 1 and 49, it is an alpha. Alpha versions are for early adopters only and are usually not fully featured or fully functional. They should not be used with live project data.

If x is Between 50 and 99 it is a beta. Beta versions are more functional, more feature-complete and stable than an alpha and may be appropriate to use with live projects. Sometimes a beta is offered as a “release candidate” to indicate it is a relatively stable beta version. Release candidates are the final beta versions before stable release versions.

If x is 100 or over, it is a full stable release. For example, 9.0.100.1 or greater.

The current version can be downloaded here: https://paratext.org/download/currentversion/

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Yes, anyone can download, install, and use Paratext, but registration is mandatory. For people who are not vetted as having a role in Bible translation there are limitations, explained on the registration page of this site.

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Yes, Paratext 9 projects can be accessed by Publishing Assistant.
For more information on Publishing Assistant go to https://pubassist.paratext.org/

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Since Paratext 8 and Paratext 9 can run on the same computer, and Paratext 8 users and Paratext 9 users can work together in the same shared project.  We would encourage consultants to upgrade to the new version, but if you stay on 8, you will be able to continue consulting with teams who are using Paratext 9. In the same way, you can continue to consult for a team using 8 after you upgrade to 9.

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No. It is possible for Paratext 8 users and Paratext 9 users to work on the same project.
There are a few minor issues if this is the case. See this FAQ for details

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Yes. There is no need to migrate projects from Paratext 8 to Paratext 9. However, there may be a few small inconveniences when working with a shared project in both versions.

  • If the project includes figures, the markers for these may appear different in Paratext 9 than in Paratext 8, and it may be hard to edit figures in both versions.
  • If the project uses Ruby glossing (a special need for Japanese language texts), these glosses may not be visible for Paratext 8 users.
  • When creating a new project in Paratext 9, you can create it using USFM3 or USFM2. Paratext 8 does not fully support USFM 3 but it will open such projects.
  • Certain project plans may only be applied and edited in version 9.  However, the progress is shared between both 8 and 9.

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There is no impending deadline to upgrade to Paratext 9. Since both versions work on the same data, some of your team may want to wait to upgrade.  We would encourage those who can to upgrade as soon as possible.  Then you will be able to help others learn the new interface when they upgrade later.

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No. You can download and install Paratext at any time, but you must register in order to use it. Registration is free to everyone.

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Text resources are downloaded directly into Paratext from the menu. (In Paratext 8, this is File > Download/Install Resources. In Paratext 9 Download/Install resources is in the Paratext menu). Resources come from the Digital Bible Library where they are licenced for use by Bible Translators.

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Registration questions

The video below (starting at 4:48) describes how to enter your registration information and registration code in Paratext.

To get started with Paratext for FREE, register here.

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You can add a second email address to your profile, this is relatively simple. Log in to the registry, click your name at the top right and go to Profile. Click Add email Address to add a second email.

But if you want to change the email you use to login to the registry, this takes several steps. The steps depend on whether you were using Google to authenticate your existing address or not. It would be good to go through this process before you close your first email account.

Using Google authentication

Log onto https://registry.paratext.org. Click your name at the top right. Now click Settings. At the top you will see identities. You should see your existing email address listed with the Google logo. If your new email is also based on Google, click “Change”. Your browser will bring up the list of Google accounts it knows about, you pick the one you want. If the one you want is not in the list, click “Use another account”. If Google asks you to login to the other account, or to give permission for registry.paratext.org to access your info, click Yes. When this is finished, you should now see your new address in the Google section of Identities, and you can now start using your new email to login to the registry.

If your new email is not based on Google, click “Unlink” in the identity line. It will ask you to enter your new address, then send a link to the new email. Go to your Inbox and click the link. Now the registry will ask for a login password. This does not have to be the same as your email password. When you set the password you should be able to login using your new email and your new password.

Not using Google authentication

Log onto https://registry.paratext.org. Click your name at the top right. Now click Profile.  Click Add New Email and put in your new email address. The registry will send an email with a link you must click to verify your email. Go to your email and click on the link in the message. Now, when you come back to the Registry, you can click on your name, go to Profile, and each email address on your profile should have a trash can by it. Click the trash can by your first email to discard it.

The password you set up to login to the registry is not changed when you change your email. You can log on to the registry using the new email and your existing password. If you want to change your password for the Paratext registry, click on your name at top right and go to Settings. There is a section called Password where you can change your password.

If your new email is based on Google, you can use the Google authentication method if you wish, where you login to your Google account in the browser, and Google tells the Paratext registry that you are you. Click the link for the Google authentication method in the Password section of Settings. Google will ask if you give permission for registry.paratext.org  to access some of your account information, and if you grant access, you can then use the Google authentication to login to the registry.

If you no longer have access to your first email

You still may be able to login to the registry if you were not using Google authentication. You can enter your old email and the password you set up for the registry, then proceed to change your email.  If you used Google authentication, or if you have forgotten your registry password, you will have to have help to get your new email address into the system. Contact your Paratext supporter, or submit a request for help in Paratext (Give Feedback in Paratext 9, Submit a problem in Paratext 8).

Final step: for all users

After changing your email in the registry, you need to enter your new email in Paratext. The registration information dialog, along with your user name and registration code saves your email.  To change this, go to registration information (under Help in the top level menu; in Paratext 8 under Tools > Registration Information), and put your new email in the email box. Paratext sends this information to the Paratext team whenever you send feedback such as a problem report or suggestion, and using an old email address would mean the Paratext team has difficulties contacting you with suggestions or advice.

 

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Do you need to change the organization you are registered with? You can do this at any time, but you need to be aware of two things first:

  • Your registration must be accepted by the membership approver of the new organization, and it may take a while, depending on how responsive they are.
  • If your registration is approved, you will receive a new registration code that must be entered into Paratext to continue to have full functionality.

Request Membership of an Organization

Here is how to request membership of an organization for those with an existing registration.

  1. Go to https://registry.paratext.org and log in using the email account that you registered with.
  2. Click on your name at the top-right of the page:
    Click your name then my profile

    1. Click My Profile.
  3. Scroll down to Primary Organisation.
  4. Click Request membership of an organisation:
    Request membership of an organization
  5. Search for and select your organization:
    Search for and select organization

    1. Click the Request button.
  6. If you are not part of any organization listed, you may Request to be an Independent Translator

Change Membership to a Different Organization

If you see “Requested membership of [name of organization]”, this means your request is in process.

Mmembership requested

If it has taken too long, or you requested membership of the wrong organization, you may make another request as follows:

  1. Go to https://registry.paratext.org/orgs
  2. Search for your correct organization’s name and find it in the list below:
    Search for and find organization
  3. Do NOT click the View button.
  4. Instead click the down arrow next to the View button:
    request membership to organization

    1. Click Request Membership.

Request to be an Independent Translator (no Organization)

If you are not with an organization but are involved in a Bible translation project that follows the FOBAI Translation Standards, you may Request to be approved as an independent translator.

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Find Your Existing Registration Code

You can copy/paste your existing code from Paratext:

  1. Paratext 9: Go to the Paratext menu > Help > Registration Information.
    1. Paratext 8: Go to Tools > Registration Information.
  2. Your Registration Code should look similar to this: W9GYM2-CUK4ET-7RPVGV-JWEPG6-WBTE8P:
    paratext registration code
  3. You could also search for an email with your Registration Code:
    1. From: admin [at] paratext.org
    2. Subject: “Your registration code for Paratext”

Reset your Registration Code

If you cannot find your registration code, you can reset it with these instructions: I lost my registration code.

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Find your Existing Registration Code

You can find your existing Registration Code by following these instructions: Find my Registration Code.

Generate a New Code

If your computer dies, is stolen, or you cannot find your code, you can generate a new code.

Important Note: This will invalidate your current Registration Code and you will no longer be able to do Send/Receive. You will need to enter your new code for Send/Receive to work again.

To generate a new code:

  1. Log in to registry.paratext.org
  2. Click on your name in the top right corner (1).
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  3. Click the Generate button:Click Generate
  4. Click copy to copy the new code:Click Copy
    1. The new code will also be sent to you by email.
  5. Copy/Paste the new code into Paratext:
    1. Paratext 9: Go to the Paratext menu > Help > Registration Information.
    2. Paratext 8: Go to Tools > Registration Information.

The new code will be linked to the same user and projects, so nothing needs to change at the project level. Just enter your new code in the Registration Information dialog, and you can resume working.

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You can manage your email subscriptions by going to https://registry.paratext.org. After you log on, click on your name at top right, and go to Settings. Under Notifications, you see which email address is subscribed to get notifications and Paratext News, or also to Help Improve Paratext. You can choose to change the email address these go to if you have more than one email address in your profile. (You can add another email address to your profile by clicking the Profile link).

The notification daily digest refers to notifications from the registry, such as notifications of users being added or removed  or user roles changing in projects you are a member of. The notification section also lets you select your preferred language for Paratext news items.

If you no longer want to receive Paratext News or Help Improve Paratext, you can uncheck those boxes to unsubscribe. We do recommend that you stay subscribed to Paratext News, because these are infrequent emails about important developments in Paratext that we’d like you to know about.

To change the language you receive notifications in, go to your profile and select the desired language in Preferred Language.

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You need to contact the Paratext Board of Governors to be considered as an independent translator, explaining the nature of your project. You may use this form.

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No. Your Paratext 8 registration will work in Paratext 9. When you install Paratext 9, it will detect your registration info if Paratext 8 is installed on your computer.

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A representative of your organization needs to register for Paratext and then log in to the registry to fill out this form which will go to the Paratext Board of Governors for consideration.

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No. There is just one edition which can be used by all users. It is available as either an Online or Offline installer.

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The Paratext Board of Governors wishes to make Paratext available to all Bible translators with as few restrictions as possible. In the past, there were complaints about the difficulty of obtaining licenses for Paratext. The new registration system starting with Paratext 8 has been designed to decentralize the process of obtaining licenses. Now the approval process is managed by more than 250 organizations, each for their own personnel. Organizations and church groups are being added all the time by filling out a simple form found on this site’s registration information page. Here is how it works:

Any organization may request to become a Paratext Organization. There are two criteria:

  1.     They must agree to follow the standards for Bible translation set forth by the Forum of Bible Agencies International.  This is a checkbox on the form.
  2.     They must abide by the Paratext Terms of Use, in the section entitled Global Principles.  Although this is not made explicit on the organization registration form, it is in the confirmation email that is sent when the registration is received.

If any Bible translator does not have access to Paratext and its excellent set of resources for translators today, it is probably because they have not registered their organization.  In the rare case that a request is rejected, it is most often because the group is not involved in Bible translation. The only other cases of rejection are where they claim not to comply with FOBAI translation standards or have violated the Paratext Terms of Use in some way.

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  1. Go to https://registry.paratext.org
  2. Log in to the site with your email address
  3. Click on your username at the top right and select “My Profile”
  4. Click on “Change…” next to your Registration name.
  5. Enter the corrected name

Your new name will be effective immediately and you will receive a new registration code by email. Enter the new name and code into Paratext 8 under Tools > Registration Information.​

For a more complete explanation of the implications of changing your name, please see this complete article: Change a user’s Registration Name

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Yes. Go to the delete project dialog, Project > Delete Project.  At the bottom left of the dialog look for the checkbox Also remove me from this project. If you check that box, you will be removed from the project as well as deleting the project from your computer.

If you don’t have the project you want to be removed from in Paratext, but are seeing it in your Send/Receive list, you have two options:

  1. Download the project to your computer first and then delete it as explained above, removing yourself from the project.
  2. You can simply hide the project in your send/receive list.  Go to File > Send/Receive Projects… Find the project in your list, hold down the ALT key and check the box for the project. The project will disappear from your list, and will appear in small type at the very bottom of the list. Should you want to reactivate it, you can go to the bottom of the list and do another ALT-click on the project to reactivate it.

 

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If you have logged in to the Paratext registry with different accounts, you may have created a duplicate registration. This will create confusion, and team members won’t know which account to add to a project. To delete an incorrect registration, go to registry.paratext.org and log in to the account you want to delete. Click on your name at the top right, and go to Settings. At the bottom of the page there is a button to click to delete your account. If you are a member of any registered projects, the site will inform you that you must remove yourself from these projects first. A link will show you the list of projects you are a member of. You can remove yourself from a project within Paratext by going to Project > Delete Project, selecting the project to delete, and checking the box “Also remove me from this project.” You can also ask the project administrator to remove you from a project.

Once you have removed yourself from all projects, you can click the “Delete my account” button, and your registration will be removed.

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If you are the administrator of any Paratext project, you may register for someone who has difficulty accessing the internet or who does not have an e-mail address. Users registered in this way will be able to participate in projects and use resources, but will not be able to register projects of their own until they sign up for themselves.

Go to registry.paratext.org and click on the Users tab. At the top of the page you will see a button to add a new user:

Fill out the form and you will receive the registration code after a delay if approval is necessary.

If adding a Paratext 7 user, be sure to type their name exactly as spelled for their Paratext 7 registration, and have their Paratext 7 code available. This is necessary for the successful migration of their project to Paratext 8.

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If you have not been vetted as either a member of an approved organization or as an independent translator, you will not be able to register a projects. Please log into the Paratext Registry and select the organization you are part of on your profile page; once you are approved you will be able to register projects under your organisation.

If you need to request that your organisation be added to the Paratext Registry, you should follow the instructions in the “Organisation Registration” section found on the Registration page.

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Unless your project is marked as confidential, certain information from your ParaTExt project will be visible to members of the Forum of Bible Agencies International. This includes:

  • language and dialect
  • scope of project (OT, NT, portions)
  • translation type (new, revision)
  • current status (active, completed, published)
  • current level of progress (expressed as a percentage of the scope)
  • rights holder
  • country
  • any comments you additionally provide.

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Go to http://registry.paratext.org and log in with an email address, preferably a Google account from your organization. If you had a Paratext 7 registration, you can link that to your current registration by entering the Paratext 7 code. Users who are part of a Bible translation organization will have access to more resources and features. See the Registration section of this site for more details. If you are registered for Paratext 8, you do not need a new registration for Paratext 9.

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The Paratext Registry will let you create a sign in with any valid email address, but if you then request a registration code as a member of a translation organization, your organization’s approver may expect you to be using your organizational email address, as this makes it easier to confirm your identity. It will also typically keep you from having to create and remember a password: if your organization’s email is on Google Apps, you will see a “G” icon next to your email address and can simply sign in via Google.

If you are not a member of a translation organization, you can use any email address. If it is not a Google/Gmail address, you will be prompted to create a password.

To change your email address once you have registered, see How do I change my email in the registry?

Paratext 7 users: You do NOT need to use the same email address that you registered with in Paratext 7. Once you are signed in, just provide your existing Registration Name and Registration Code, and your existing identity will be linked to your new Paratext 8 registration.

See also: How to register as a Paratext user.

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When you create a New Project (from the main menu in Paratext 9 or the File menu in Paratext 8)  you are given the option to register the project online. Project registration is only available to users who have been vetted by a Bible translation organization. Registered projects have additional features that are not available in Basic Tier projects as explained on the Registration page of this site.

When registering a project, Paratext requires an active Internet connection. It forwards you to a browser and you must sign in with the account you registered for Paratext with.  Once the registration entry is complete, Paratext links the Paratext project with the entry in the registry.

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No. You can create an unregistered project with the functionality that is available on the Basic Tier of use. See the Registration page for details.

You can change your mind later and register the project to gain full functionality.

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No. You can download and install Paratext at any time, but you must register in order to use it. Registration is free to everyone.

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Members of a confidential project can see it in the registry, but it is not visible to other registry users, even in the same organization. It can be seen, however, by people in the project’s managing or contributing organizations that have a role of Administrator or Registration Reviewer in the registry. Supporters in those organizations do not have access to confidential projects unless the project is directly shared with them.
In addition, there are two more roles that can see confidential projects:
  • Root level administrators
    Those who administrate the registry can necessarily view these projects to resolve problems and make requested changes.
  • Confidential project reviewers
    In order to prevent users from using confidential projects to circumvent the Paratext Terms of Use, a reviewer from SIL and one from UBS each perform the role of Confidential Project Reviewer. Their task is to ensure that confidential projects are not abusing copyright, or bypassing restrictions to use publishing tier tools.

Lastly, progress.bible has access to confidential projects in order to report on progress, without revealing specifics at a project level. Individual members of projects are not listed in the data progress.Bible can access. The reporting that progress.Bible enables is set up so that only the organization(s) involved in a project can see detail, and the kinds of detail reported on also depend on the role the organization has in relation to a project. There is NO use of Paratext Registry data through progress.Bible that involves a public audience.

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Installation and Update questions

Sometimes Paratext downloads an update automatically, but the update fails. If that is the case, try these steps:

Run the update manually

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Open the Run window:
    1. Press Windows + R
    2. OR Right-click on the Start Menu, then click Run
  3. Copy/paste this into the Run window: %localappdata%
    Local app data shortcut in the Windows Run window
  4. Press OK
  5. Open the Paratext 9x folder for the version of Paratext you have. For example:
    1. Open Paratext90 if you have Paratext 9.0
    2. Open Paratext91 if you have Paratext 9.1
  6. Open the ParatextUpdate folder
  7. Run the install or update file there. For example:
    1. Paratext_9.1.104.1_InstallerOnline.exe
      OR
    2. patch_9.1.104.87.msp

Try a newly downloaded update file

If the update still fails, try to download the update file again:

  1. Go to https://paratext.org/download
  2. Download the version of the installer or the patch that you were using above, EXCEPT:
    1. If you had the InstallerONline before, download the InstallerOFFline file instead. For example: “Paratext 9 1 104 1 InstallerOffline”
  3. After downloading the file, restart your computer.
  4. Run the downloaded file.

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Upgrading and migration questions

Sometimes Paratext downloads an update automatically, but the update fails. If that is the case, try these steps:

Run the update manually

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Open the Run window:
    1. Press Windows + R
    2. OR Right-click on the Start Menu, then click Run
  3. Copy/paste this into the Run window: %localappdata%
    Local app data shortcut in the Windows Run window
  4. Press OK
  5. Open the Paratext 9x folder for the version of Paratext you have. For example:
    1. Open Paratext90 if you have Paratext 9.0
    2. Open Paratext91 if you have Paratext 9.1
  6. Open the ParatextUpdate folder
  7. Run the install or update file there. For example:
    1. Paratext_9.1.104.1_InstallerOnline.exe
      OR
    2. patch_9.1.104.87.msp

Try a newly downloaded update file

If the update still fails, try to download the update file again:

  1. Go to https://paratext.org/download
  2. Download the version of the installer or the patch that you were using above, EXCEPT:
    1. If you had the InstallerONline before, download the InstallerOFFline file instead. For example: “Paratext 9 1 104 1 InstallerOffline”
  3. After downloading the file, restart your computer.
  4. Run the downloaded file.

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No. Paratext 8 and Paratext 9 share the same data structure, so projects won’t require migration from Paratext 8 to Paratext 9. Members working on a shared project can use Paratext 8 or Paratext 9 and share changes with each other.

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The person migrating the project will need to use Paratext 8 to migrate it. Paratext 9 does not have the ability to migrate Paratext 7 projects. But once the project is migrated, everyone on the team can work in the project in Paratext 9. There is no need to migrate a project from Paratext 8 to 9, migration is only needed when going from Paratext 7 to 8 or 9.

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There is no impending deadline to upgrade to Paratext 9. Since both versions work on the same data, some of your team may want to wait to upgrade.  We would encourage those who can to upgrade as soon as possible.  Then you will be able to help others learn the new interface when they upgrade later.

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In preparation for moving to Paratext 8, a certain number of active projects in Paratext 7 were registered in Paratext 8, including the users then active in the Paratext 7 project. This creates a conflict when a new administrator in the Paratext 7 project attempts to migrate. His Paratext 8 does not see the existing registration because his name was not included in the registration. He cannot submit a new registration because it conflicts with the old one.  The person listed as the project administrator in the registry can add the new administrator on the project members page of the registry, this will cause the new admin’s Paratext 8 to recognize the project as registered and permit him to continue the migration.
Paratext 8, like Paratext 7 will accept multiple projects with the same name, but will not accept multiple projects with the same name and the same users.

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No. You can download and install Paratext at any time, but you must register in order to use it. Registration is free to everyone.

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Paratext Lite questions

If you encounter an unexpected issue or bug in Paratext Lite, please try these steps to help solve the issue:

Update Paratext Lite

  1. If possible, do a Send/Receive from Paratext Lite.
  2. Try to update Paratext Lite from the Google Play Store.

Submit Feedback

If updating Paratext Lite does not fix the issue, please send feedback to let the Paratext developers know about the issue:

  1. Tap the Setting menu in the upper-right corner of Paratext Lite:
    Tap the Settings menu
  2. Tap the more arrow at the bottom of the Settings menu:
    Tap the more arrow
  3. Tap Submit Feedback:
    Tap Submit feedback
  4. Fill out the Feedback form with as much detail as you can, including what you were doing when you encountered the issue.
  5. Tap Submit.

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Working with a Project Plan

The answer is: “it depends.”  In general, many organizations ask you not to make changes to the stages since that allows progress to be measured uniformly across the organization. If you have a doubt about this, ask your supervisor for your organization’s guidelines.

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Yes.  If there is a task that your team does not do (and is not required to do), then it is fine to delete it.  Some of the base plans were intentionally developed to be very inclusive since it is easier to remove unneeded tasks than to create new ones.

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Yes, there is no problem reordering the tasks in one of the standard plans to match your team’s workflow.  Just be sure to check that the three settings in the lower right-hand corner of the project plan dialogue do not need to be adjusted because of the change.  When moving tasks around, these settings are disturbed and can change.

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Yes, rewording the name of tasks is fine if it helps your team be more effective.

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Adjust the “When can this task start?” setting to include all stages where the task can be worked on.

In the example above, the drafting of the back translation must be completed in stage three.  If I want to allow the team to work on the back translation in any of the earlier stages, then I change the “When can this task start?” setting to “Any time.”

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Tasks should be placed in the stage in which they have to be completed.

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Older version questions

While an individual may upgrade to Paratext 8 to become familiar with its features, the team project should not be migrated until the team is ready. It is possible for the administrator to do a test migration of the data, but then the project must be deleted from Paratext 8 and remigrated when the team is ready to switch.

We know that scheduling a time to migrate can be very difficult in places where teams are spread out in remote locations. To help, we have a working document on Deployment Strategy that talks about various team scenarios and how best to handle migration of their data.

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At first glance, there is not much that is different in the main working windows. So if you are comfortable using Paratext 7.5, you should have a smooth transition to 8. A number of the new features are optional to use and you don’t need to dive right in. However we would encourage you to use the help file and to get training for Paratext 8 so that you can work more efficiently. We hope to provide an online training program for Paratext 8. When it is ready, it will be available on the Help page.

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The Paratext 7 Send/Receive server will continue to work for a period of time after the release of 8, but we won’t have the capability to continue to support both platforms for long.  We will give you as much time as we can to upgrade to 8, but we recommend that you try to upgrade within nine months of the stable release.

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Paratext 7 and 8 may be installed simultaneously on the same computer but not for sharing the same project. If you are a consultant or administrator who works with more than one project, you may need to continue to use Paratext 7 with certain teams until they are able to migrate to 8.  It is important not to confuse the two versions of Paratext! Once a project’s data has been migrated to 8, any notes you write in 7 won’t be seen in 8. Likewise, if the team has shared the project with you in 8, be sure they have removed their project from 7. If they reverted back to 7, you won’t be getting their updates in 8.

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Paratext began as a tool to help Bible translators do exegesis of the original Greek and Hebrew texts. It was expanded into a translation environment and became the tool of choice for the United Bible Societies. SIL, on the other hand, had started developing a similar product, but one that would integrate with the lexical data that a translation team would collect as part of their foundational linguistic research in a language group. Their product was called FieldWorks Translation Editor, affectionately know as “T-E”. As UBS’ Paratext gained popularity, the two organizations found themselves in competition with each other. In 2010, administrators and developers from the two organizations got together and made the challenging decision to combine development efforts into a single product. Because Paratext had the biggest user base, it seemed the best way forward was to merge critical features from Translation Editor into Paratext, thus creating ParaTExt. In Paratext 7 the TE in the logo was a tribute to collaboration that helped improve the Paratext we all use today. Since Paratext 8, we no longer capitalize the TE in the logo.

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Yes, Paratext 7 may continue to be used after installing version 8. However, the data will not be shared between versions 7 and 8; Paratext 8 can not collaborate with Paratext 7 and vice versa.  Users must migrate their data from 7 to 8 using the migrate feature in Paratext 8.

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Yes and No. Although Paratext 8 Scripture files are stored on your hard drive in the same USFM format as in Paratext 7.x, there are a number of different types of data that are also synchronized between users. This requires the use of a new Send/Receive server. Paratext 7 projects must go through a one way migration to Paratext 8 and are stored in a new My Paratext 8 Projects folder. After the migration, data can only be shared between them by exporting and importing books manually between the two programs.

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Paratext 8 can run on any computer that boots Windows Vista or later. Windows XP is no longer supported. If you have 1 GB of main memory or less it may be better to not run other programs at the same time as Paratext.

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No. Due to the changes in the new version, data can’t be shared back to Paratext 7.x via Send/Receive. This is the reason for a new Paratext 8 data directory and send/receive server. As a team, you must coordinate the migration of your data to Paratext 8 together. You can run Paratext 7 alongside of Paratext 8 as needed to access projects that have not yet been migrated. Paratext 8 will only be able to open Paratext 7 projects after completing the migration process. At that point it is advised to remove the project from Paratext 7 to prevent users from accidentally editing the data in 7.

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When you work in Paratext 8, it will list the Paratext 7 projects on your computer in the Open Project/Resource… dialog, and also in the Send/Receive Projects… dialog. When an administrator opens them in this way, the two step Migration process is initiated.

  1. Online project registration via the Paratext Registry
  2. Migration of the data

It is not necessary to do both steps at once. The migration can be completed at a later time, when the team is ready.

Data migration should only be performed after the entire team does a Send/Receive and the administrator has the latest version of the data. After the migration, changes to the Paratext 7 data can’t be synchronized with 8, and the team must stop editing that project in Paratext 7.

More detailed information is available on the Migration Help page.

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A comprehensive list of changes since Paratext 7.5 can be found in the following post: What’s new in Paratext 8?

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