Release notes

Most recent releases:

March 21, 2020: Release 5.9

This release contains several new features and a few bug fixes.

The main new functions are:

  • an Annotation Density Plot window, graphically showing the distribution of annotations on selected tiers. With an option to save to a png image file.
  • a Document Information window, presenting a summary of properties and contents of the current annotation document
  • a Document Properties window allows to specify the author of the document and include license information
  • it is now possible to annotate remote media files that are accessible via other protocols than rtsp, e.g. http(s). The Add Streaming File button is changed to Add Remote File and the requirement of specifying a RTSP URL is removed.
  • an option to use the annotation value for the file name when using the Media Clip with Script export, with a corresponding preference setting
  • a new option in Export as Traditional Transcript to indent the output of overlapping, successive annotations based on the '[' character (Jefferson-style)
  • changes in the Interlinearization mode:
    • replaced the two configuration panels from the main layout by a button which shows the configuration options in a blocking dialog
    • it is now possible to have different settings for an analyzer for different configurations; one can now edit global and source-target specific settings
    • there is now an option to tell an analyzer to "forget" (never show again) a certain suggestion for that specific input
    • a few new options were added to existing analyzers (where applicable):
      • match a lexical entry field's language attribute against the tier's content language when producing suggestions
      • only produce parses in which the constituents have the same grammatical category value
      • use the citation form as output instead of the lexical-unit (headword) value
      • specify the character used to mark clitics in the lexicon (the analyzers treat clitics the same way as affixes)
    • a new Lexicon Editor allows to edit a lexicon and its entries in a single, separate window
    • a phonetic field is now visible and editable in the lexical entry table and editor

The fixes and minor changes are:

  • support for RF64 type of Wave files in the Waveform viewer, this variant supports file sizes > 4GB
  • fixed the wrongly located scrollbars in the TimeSeries viewer
  • an option to allow mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 files to be played by the JMMF player instead of the DirectShow player
  • fix in handling URL's / file paths with "special" characters by the FLExParser
  • the menu item for editing an ISO data category of an annotation is functional again

September 16, 2019: Release of Simple-ELAN 1.3

This release is functionally the same as the 1.2 release but includes a newer Java version and has updated distribution packages (the 1.2 version won't launch on the latest macOS 10.14.x versions). A few other changes are:

  • on macOS the main media player framework is now the player based on Apple's AVFoundation
  • on Linux a newer version of the VLC for Java library is included, it requires a VLC 3.x player

Earlier releases