Felix version 1.1 released

09/06/08 2:25 AM

Version 1.1 of Felix is released. This is a minor release with several usability enhancements and bug fixes. It’s available from the Felix download page. Below is a list of improvements and bug fixes in this version.

Felix

  • Memory window layout revamped
  • Memory window layout templates moved to external files
  • Auto-selection feature for matching algorithm
  • Glossary matching algorithm choice removed
  • Register glossary entries dialog: Trim spaces when adding entries
  • Bug: Toggle markup link for fuzzy matches
  • Bug: Glossary strings shown for memory tool tips
  • Bug: Switching languages failed to make tool tip language switch
  • GUI: Gave memory and glossary preferences pages consistent labels

Word interface

  • Bug: Canceling a lookup did not work as expected

The improvements and bug fixes are described in detail below. There will be one more minor release in June, followed by development of a network feature for Felix.

Memory window layout revamped

The layout of the memory window has been revamped and improved for better usability. Below are some examples of the new look.

No matches

Felix memory window with no matches

Added new entry

Added a new match to the Felix memory window

100% match

A perfect match in the Felix memory window

(Since this is a 100% match, there’s no need to show the query — it’s identical to the source)

Fuzzy match

Memory window layout templates moved to external files

The memory window style sheet and layout templates have been moved to external files. This will allow them to be customized. For example, one Felix user had a very large monitor, and the match text appeared too small. By modifying the stylesheet (style.css), he was able to increase the text size and improve visibility.

The files are located in the local application data folder. The location of this folder will differ depending on whether you’re using Windows XP or Vista.

Vista: C:\Users\user-name\AppData\Local\Felix\html\
XP: C:\Documents and Settings\user-name\Local Settings\Application Data\Felix\html\

Auto-selection feature for matching algorithm

Felix has two matching algorithms for fuzzy matching: character-based and word-based. The character-based algorithm is best for Asian languages where words aren’t separated by spaces, while the word-based algorithm is best for European and other languages where they are.

Before, the user had to select the best algorithm themselves, but now Felix selects the best algorithm automatically by default. You can still select the algorithm manually in the preferences.

Glossary matching algorithm choice removed

To simplify the interface, the choice of glossary-matching algorithms was removed. Felix now uses a special algorithm fine-tuned for glossary searches.

Register glossary entries dialog: Trim spaces when adding entries

When registering glossary entries in the dialog box, extra spaces were often spuriously added to glossary entries. These extra spaces are now trimmed automatically.

Bug: Toggle markup link for fuzzy matches

The option to toggle markup (showing where the query and source are different) on and off was not being saved between lookups, making the user select again each time. Now the selection is remembered.

Bug: Glossary strings shown for memory tool tips

In version 1.0, the glossary-related tool tips were being shown for the memory window (for example, the tool tip for the “New” toolbar button was “Create a new glossary file.” Now the correct memory-related tooltips are shown.

Bug: Switching languages failed to make tool tip language switch

In version 1.0, even if the UI language was switched, tool tips were sometimes displayed in the previous UI language. Now the tool tip language is also switched in all cases.

GUI: Gave memory and glossary preferences pages consistent labels

The Memory and Glossary preference sheets had different labels for the same features (normalizing case, width, and hiragana/katakana for searches). The same labels are now used.

Word interface Bug: Canceling a lookup did not work as expected

If you try to look up or register a very long segment (> 1,000 characters) in MS Word, a dialog box will ask if you really want to do this. In version 1.0, answering “No” in the dialog box would sometimes not completely cancel the action.

Posted by Ryan Ginstrom | in Felix, release | 3 Comments »

3 Comments on “Felix version 1.1 released”

  1. Sako Says:

    I really like the new look and the fact that you can now edit the layout templates. The auto-selection for the most suitable matching algorithm also sounds like a worthwhile improvement, but the best news–as far as I am concerned–is that the network feature is not far off.

  2. Zak Says:

    A quick question about Felix: how different or similar is it to other translation tools?
    Zak
    http://transubstantiation.wordpress.com/

  3. Ryan Ginstrom Says:

    @Sako
    Yes, network support is getting close now. I’m pretty confident that I’ll have functional networking by the end of July, although I’m sure that a couple iterations of refining will be needed.

    @Zak
    I recently discovered your blog. Great stuff.
    Felix is similar to Trados and Wordfast in that you can use it from Microsoft Word. It’s different from these two in that you simply overwrite your files rather than creating “bilingual” files, and you can also use it directly from PowerPoint and Excel. This demo is kind of lame (it’s my first time making one), but it should give you an idea of how Felix is used.

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