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Toolbox Versions

History of Toolbox upgrades

Version 1.6.2 Jul 2015 (Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.6.1 Jun 2013 (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.6.0 Apr 2013 (Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.9 Apr 2011 (Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

This version cannot yet handle file names that use foreign language characters outside the standard Roman alphabet.

Version 1.5.8 Feb 2010 (Windows 7, Vista and XP, and Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.7 Nov 2009 (Windows XP and Vista, Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.5 Jan 2009 (Windows XP and Vista, Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.4 Sep 2008 (Windows XP and Vista, Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.3 Feb 2008 (Windows XP and Vista, Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.2 Jan 2008 (Windows XP and Vista, Mac Windows emulators, Linux Wine)

Version 1.5.1 Feb 2007 (Windows XP and Vista)

Version 1.5.0 Aug 2006 (Windows XP)

Version 1.4 Release Nov 2004 (Windows 98/ME/XP)

This is a maintenance release with only bug fixes and small upgrades from 1.3.

Version 1.3 Release Oct 2004 (Windows)

Version 1.2 Release Apr 2004 (Windows)

Version 1.1 Release Oct 2003 (Windows)

This is a maintenance release with only bug fixes, no enhancements.

Version 1.0 Release Sep 2003 (Windows)

This is the first release of Field Linguist's Toolbox.

Test Versions

During the development of Toolbox, a number of test versions were produced. A test version can be identified by the fact that it has a letter after the version number. For example, a version number like "1.0a" is a test version. Anyone running a test version should upgrade to a release version as soon as possible.

Some test versions had numbers that begin with "5" or "6" instead of "1". These are all old and are superseded by version 1.0 Sep 2003. Any executable with a date earlier than Sep 2003 is a test version and should be upgraded to a release version.

New test versions are regularly made available to qualified testers. Such test versions may not be passed on to others or distributed in any form without permission.

A Brief History of Shoebox/Toolbox

Shoebox was written as a DOS program in 1987 by an SIL field linguist named John Wimbish. He enhanced it through 1991, producing versions 1.0, and 1.2. From 1991-1993 SIL International enhanced DOS Shoebox, producing version 2.0. (Programmers Brian Wussow, Mark Pedrotti, et al.) From 1994-2000 SIL International produced Shoebox for Windows versions 3.0, 4.0, and 5.0. (Project manager Karen Buseman, programmers Alan Buseman, Mark Pedrotti, Rod Early, Bryan Yoder, Tom Bogle, et al.) In 2002 Shoebox work was moved to an SIL field entity and the name was changed to Field Linguist's Toolbox. This field entity continues to enhance Toolbox, producing versions as above. (Programmer Alan Buseman, support Karen Buseman.)

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