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SIL has developed more than 60 pieces of software to support the work of its fieldworkers; most available to the public for free download. This on-line catalog contains product descriptions, download or purchasing instructions, and technical support information, including the latest SIL software Service Bulletins.

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Other Experimental software

Toolbox/Shoebox Utilities (Experimental)

Current version: 1.37, released May 24, 2007

The Shoebox utilities are a set of command line utilities designed to enhance the power of SIL’s Shoebox and Toolbox applications by providing non-trivial generic tools that work with Shoebox files. The utilities cover such issues as data conversion (Unicode, XML, etc.) and has tools particular to the typesetting of interlinear text and dictionaries.

Shoebox is a flat file database program with excellent script and language capabilities. Toolbox has taken over from the development of Shoebox. It supports Unicode and other new features. Since much of the basic file format is the same between Shoebox and Toolbox, with Toolbox being a superset of Shoebox, the Shoebox utilities will work quite happily with Toolbox files.

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