Release Notes TermStar NXT

Valid from TermStar NXT Service Pack 14 Update 11 (May 2022)

Release Notes revision: 2022-05-11

 

About these release notes

These release notes describe new features of TermStar NXT.

The release notes list all officially released Service Packs and Service Pack Updates. Internal updates are not included, therefore the numbers of the mentioned Service Packs Update are not continuous.

 

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Overview

For details about new features or solved issues click on the respective title.

Service Pack 14 Update 11 (May 2022)

Service Pack 14 Update 5 (November 2021)

Service Pack 14 (June 2021)

Service Pack 13 Update 8.1 (December 2020)

Service Pack 13 (June 2020)

Service Pack 12 (July 2019)

Service Pack 11 (February 2019)

Service Pack 10 Update 3 (October 2018)

Service Pack 10 Update 2 (September 2018)

Service Pack 10 (May 2018)

Service Pack 9 Update 16 (February 2017)

Service Pack 9 (April 2016)

Service Pack 8 (January 2015)

Service Pack 7 (September 2013)

Service Pack 6 (November 2012)

Service Pack 5 (December 2011)

Service Pack 4 (January 2011)

Service Pack 3 (September 2010)

Service Pack 2 (December 2008)

Service Pack 1 (September 2009)

Update Build 4.0.0.671 (April 2009)

TermStar NXT (November 2008)

Service Pack 14 Update 11 (May 2022)

This update contains the same new features as the previous internal Service Pack Update as well as additional bug fixes.

For the latest new TermStar features please refer to » Service Pack 14 Update 5 (November 2021).

Service Pack 14 Update 5 (November 2021)

New Features

1. Create cross-references to Internet addresses

When editing terminology, it is now possible to format any text in text fields as a cross-reference to Internet addresses (context menu Create cross-reference | To Internet address).

When you click on such a cross-reference, TermStar starts your Internet browser and opens the corresponding Internet address.

Notes:

Internet addresses entered in the Cross-reference field were already recognised and automatically treated as an Internet cross-reference.

In the Term field, cross-references are not supported.

2. Modify cross-references

With this Update, also cross-references to data records and Internet addresses can be modified (context menu Modify cross-reference).

Depending on the cross-reference type, a corresponding window is opened (for data record selection or URL input).

Service Pack 14 (June 2021)

New Features

1. HTTP access to remote TermStar databases

As of this service pack, TermStar databases can also be accessed via http/https.

If the function is enabled and you connect to a TermStar database, you can choose between Local database (connection as before) or Remote database. For a remote database, you then enter the access data (URL, user name, password).

NOTE: The http access to TermStar databases is optional and needs to be enabled by licence number. For more information contact STAR (» Contact).

2. Extended data structure

The structure of TermStar data records has been extended by the following fields:

Additional header fields: Multimedia source, Remark source

Additional language fields: Info 3, Info 4, Info 5, Multimedia source

Additional language entry fields: Usage status, Remark source

3. Improvements for creating value lists

Spaces when collecting values

When collecting values for a value list, spaces at the beginning and end are now automatically removed.

Space when converting text field to field with value list

When converting the substrings of a text field into values of a value list, spaces at the beginning and end are now automatically removed.

4. Cross-references to data records independent of term length

To select the target data record for a cross-reference, TermStar searches for data records with the requested terms. To find similar terms, TermStar uses the fuzzy search.

As of Service Pack 14, this search is supported regardless of the length of the search string. Previously, a minimum length of 4 characters was required; very short terms (e.g. "dog") could not be searched for.

5. Additional web search service for Romansh

TermStar’s web search now supports the following additional service:

Pledari Grond (based on the linguistic database of the Lia Rumantscha) for German and Romansh.

6. Additionally supported working language

TermStar now supports the following working language:

Occitan (OCI)

7. Display name changed for Romansh

The display name for the working language Rhaeto-Romanic (language code RMS) has been changed to Romansh.

Service Pack 13 Update 8.1 (December 2020)

New Features

1. Support of Windows 8 / Windows Server 2019

TermStar can be installed and run on Windows Server 2019.

2. Sorting language entries within a data record

Previously, language entries of the same entry type within the same language were displayed in alphabetical order.

From now on the dictionary setting Miscellaneous | Additional sort field controls this order also (previously only data record order):

If the sort field has a value list, TermStar sorts the language entries according to the order of the list items.

If the sort field has no value list, TermStar sorts the language entries according to the alphabetical order of the field values.

If the sort field is a date field, TermStar sorts the language entries according to the chronological order of the field values (latest date first).

If the sort field is empty or does not correspond to the input verification, the language entry is sorted in at the end.

If no sort field is defined, TermStar sorts the language entries (as before) according to the alphabetical order of the term.

Service Pack 13 (June 2020)

New Features

1. Support of MSSQL 2019

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MSSQL 2019.

2. Rapid entry: Message "Source and target language terms are identical"

This message is displayed if you have defined the same terms for source language and target language in the Rapid Entry window.

You have the following options:

Yes: Add terminology with identical terms.

No: Do not add terminology.

Cancel: Do not add terminology and close the Rapid Entry window.

3. Enhanced compacting of Access databases

Up to now, the "Compact" function in the TermStar database expert was used to permanently delete data records marked for deletion and to unlock locked data records.

When an Access database is selected, the function now additionally compresses the database (including file DSN databases). It is no longer necessary to compress Access databases via the Windows ODBC data source administrator.

4. Support of additional MSSQL drivers

With this service pack, TermStar optionally also supports the following drivers for MSSQL databases:

MS SQL ODBC Driver 11

MS SQL ODBC Driver 13

MS SQL ODBC Driver 17

When creating a new database, TermStar offers the drivers that are actually installed on the computer.

If several drivers are displayed, we recommend the driver that matches the SQL version. If the SQL version is higher, select the latest driver.

5. Improved user interface

With the following changes to the user interface, the meaning of the options/functions becomes even clearer. The functions themselves have not been changed.

Prompt window for global terminology changes

The prompt windows for confirming global changes (deleting data records or language entries; replace, assign, delete, copy or move field contents) have been revised to show more clearly what will be changed.

TermStar layout settings for displaying graphics:

"Do not scale" renamed to "Show original size"

"Scale to screen width" renamed to "Fit to page width"

"Shrink image" renamed to "Shrink to page width"

In addition, shortcut keys for the most important functions are now displayed directly in their tooltips.

Solved issues

TermStar

Improvements for cross-references to datarecords / hyperlinks in additional languages

Improvements for compacting dictionaries with revision history

Improvements for importing terminology

Service Pack 12 (July 2019)

New Features

1. Additional web search services

Additional web search services

TermStar’s web search now supports the following additional services:

Wikipedia (free encyclopedia) for more than 30 languages

Termium (Government of Canada’s terminology and linguistic data bank) for English and French

Termdat (Swiss Federal Administration’s terminology database) for German, French, Italian, Romansh and English

IATE (European Union terminology) for more than 25 languages

2. File DSN as default connection type

When creating a new database, File DSN (User scope) is now the default connection type (it was previously User DSN). As ever, you can still select a different connection type during the creation process.

When installing TermStar for the first time, the databases that are provided – TermStar NXT, TermStar NXT Received and TermStar NXT Check – are now created as follows:

TermStar NXT database:

Location: db folder (as previously)

Connection type: File DSN (Global scope) (previously User DSN or System DSN)

The database is set up when Transit/TermStar are being installed (as before).

TermStar NXT Received and TermStar NXT Check databases:

Location: config/users/<username> folder (previously db folder)

Connection type: File DSN (User scope) (previously User DSN or System DSN)

These databases are created when a new user is set up (previously this occurred when TermStar were being installed).

3. Display name changed for Macedonian

The display name for the working language Macedonian (FYROM) has been changed to Macedonian (North Macedonia).

Service Pack 11 (February 2019)

Solved issues

TermStar

Rapid entry: Improved recognition of duplicates with umlauts

 

Service Pack 10 Update 3 (October 2018)

Solved issues

TermStar

Improved performance when packing or exporting dictionaries

Service Pack 10 Update 2 (September 2018)

Solved issues

TermStar

Improved "Replace subentry term" when merging dictionaries

Service Pack 10 (May 2018)

New Features

1. Support of MSSQL 2017

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MSSQL 2017.

2. Extended data structure

The structure of TermStar data records has been extended by the following fields

Header field: External reference

The field is filled in by import or merging only, but cannot be edited by the user. It allows to store external IDs permanently and can be used for secure data synchronisation with other systems.

3. Readme replaced by Release Notes

The previous readme files have been replaced by release notes. In addition to the service packs, they will also contain information about updates and will therefore be updated for each officially released service pack update.

The release notes of the latest Service Pack / Update are available in the Downloads | Transit & TermStar NXT | Service Pack area on our website.

The release notes of your installed TermStar version can be found in your TermStar installation folder (file name TermStar-NXT-Release-Notes.htm).

Solved issues

Since Service Pack 9 it was not possible to enter a password when unpacking a TPF for a protected dictionary.

When receiving translations with dictionaries, modified terminology was not transferred to the original dictionary in exceptional cases.

If subentries were merged with the Same GUID option, only the entry fields were replaced, but not the term itself.

When merging with the option Non-matching subentry: Add as subentry of same type if empty no subentries were added.

 

Service Pack 9 Update 16 (February 2017)

New Features

1. Support of MSSQL 2016

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MSSQL 2016.

Solved Issues

Enhancements in details of several functions

Service Pack 9 (April 2016)

New Features

1. Support of Windows 10

TermStar can be installed and run on Windows 10.

2. Support of MS SQL Server 2014 and Oracle 12

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MS SQL Server 2014 and Oracle 12.

3. Additionally supported working languages

TermStar now supports the following languages and language variants:

Tajik (TAJ)

Spanish (US) (EST), Spanish (International) (ES1)

Pashto (PAS), Dari (PRS)

Breton (BRE), Corsican (COS)

Maori (MRI)

4. Enhanced status bar

Tooltips for information in status bar

TermStar now provides tooltips for all sections of the status bar.

5. Enhancements in TermStar

Saving multimedia files in the database

TermStar now allows to save multimedia files that you have inserted in your dictionaries in the database. Doing so, you can keep all your terminology data in one data source.

This feature is supported for databases created with TermStar NXT Service Pack 9 or later. If you want to use it for databases created with earlier Service Packs, you just have to copy the database content into a database created with TermStar NXT Service Pack 9.

Dictionary defaults for new databases

TermStar now allows to set the following default settings for all dictionaries created in a database:

Multimedia file access

Cross-reference separator

Additional sort field

Tracking changes

Creating unique identifiers (GUID).

This feature is supported for databases created with TermStar NXT Service Pack 9 or later. If you want to use it for databases created with earlier Service Packs, you just have to copy the database content into a database created with TermStar NXT Service Pack 9.

Migrating multimedia files into the database

When copying a database, TermStar now allows to migrate the multimedia files from the file system to the database.

Logging changes to data records as revisions

TermStar now allows to log each change to a data record as a revision step. Later you can compare different revision steps and, if required, reset the whole data record or particular field contents.

NOTE: This feature is optional and needs to be enabled by licence number. For more information contact STAR (» Contact).

Creating cross-references to data records

TermStar now allows to format text in any entry field as a cross-reference to a data record.

The cross-reference text does not need to match the term of the entry to which you want to refer.

If you change the term or other fields of the target data record, the cross-reference will still work. The cross-reference target is the data record ID or GUID.

Additional data record fields

The TermStar data model has been extended by:

Additional header fields Definition and Definition source for cross-language definitions

Additional language fields Definition and Definition source for all language entries of the same language

6. TermStar Gate: Support of Microsoft Word 2016

TermStar Gate now supports Microsoft Word 2016.

The Word add-in is available in the Downloads | Transit & TermStar NXT | Accessories area on our website. There you can also find the latest documentation on installing and using TermStar Gate.

Solved Issues

Enhanced behaviour when importing terminology from an indirect WebTerm download into a database

Enhanced behaviour when performing a TBX export

Improved display of Thai characters

Service Pack 8 (January 2015)

New Features

1. Support of Windows 8.1

TermStar can be installed and run on Windows 8.1.

2. Additionally supported working languages

/TermStar now supports additional languages and language variants:

Armenian, Burmese, Lao

Bosnian (Cyrillic., Bosn. and Herzeg.), Serbian (Latin, Montenegro), Serbian (cyr., Montenegro)

Filipino (Philippines)

German (plain language)

3. Enhancements in User preferences

Startup settings

In the new Startup settings user preferences you can now select the dialogue language.

Working languages

In the Working languages user preferences you can now select the preferred working languages.

Folder selection

In the Folder selection user preferences, the individual actions have been sorted to increase clearness. Also, further folder selection options have been added.

TermStar

The TermStar now provide options for specifying in which order the additional languages should be displayed in a data record.

Current user visible

The window title of the User preferences window now shows the full and abbreviated name of the current user. This way, the user always knows what user name he/she is using. This is helpful if different users use the same TermStar installation.

4. Enhancements in Project settings

Messages for project-specific information

On the Messages tab you can now specify project-specific information that is displayed as a message when different project processing actions are performed.

As a project manager you can use these messages

to display information or working instructions for specific project processing steps to translators / reviewers or

to create yourself some kind of "digital reminder".

5. Enhancements in exchanging projects

Attaching arbitrary files to the project

TermStar now allows the project manager to add arbitrary files to the project as attachments.

The translator can open the attachments folder containing these files by selecting Project | Exchange (Transit / XLIFF / SDLPPX) | Show attachments.

Saving options for packing / forwarding projects

TermStar now allows to save the options selected when packing or forwarding a project as default. This way, they are preselected the next time you pack / forward a project.

6. Enhanced data record filters

Filtering data records for duplicates

TermStar now provides the Duplicates filter. Using this filter you can display all duplicate entries and subentries in the source language.

Filtering data records according to the number of entries/subentries

TermStar now allows to display only data records that contain a specified number of main entries or subentries in the source language.

7. Enhanced usability

Open dictionary

The Open dictionary window has been revised:

Project dictionaries and additional dictionaries are now displayed in two separate lists.

An icon indicates that a dictionary is opened on a separate tab.

The new Open project dictionaries again button allows to open the project dictionaries again if you have accidently closed them.

Switching back and forth between language pair and Rapid entry window

TermStar now allows to switch back and forth between the language pair in the Transit Editor and the Rapid entry window, e.g. to copy an example of use for a term.

8. Enhanced terminology import/merging/export

Field separator for CSV export

When exporting a dictionary to the CSV format, TermStar now allows to select the field separator (semicolon or tabulator).

Merging data: Differentiate entries by term or entry GUID

On the Merge data tab of the Merging expert window, you can now select how TermStar should differentiate matching from non-matching entries: by term GUID or entry GUID.

You need to differentiate entries by entry GUID, if e.g. a dictionary has been edited by a revisor and you now merge the dictionary into the source dictionary again.

Synchronise data: Search only up to the first match

You can now activate an option if the content of the synchronisation field of each imported data record corresponds to exactly one (or no) target data record.

This make usually sense if you use the data record GUID for synchronisation.

Export terminology for import in MT system

TermStar now allows to export the terminology for import into a MT system (via the TermStar database expert).

9. Enhanced terminology editing

Enhanced check for duplicates

TermStar now checks all entries and subentries in all languages for duplicates:

when you create a new data record or

when you copy / paste a data record from one dictionary to another or

when you copy a language entry from one data record to another.

Enhanced replacing / assigning / deleting of field contents

TermStar now allows to search and replace text in all fields of all languages. Furthermore, you can now assign or delete text in a selected field in all languages.

Creating new data records on right page of the dictionary

TermStar now allows to create new data records on the right page of the dictionary.

You can open a new data record on the right page of the dictionary by

selecting New (Right page) in the context menu of the dictionary or

by pressing the CTRL key when clicking Processing | Data record | Create.

10. Enhanced dictionary administration

Generating dictionary statistics via the TermStar database expert

TermStar now allows to generate statistics on data records and entries via the TermStar database expert.

Creating GUIDs to existing data records and entries

When you activate the Create unique identifiers (GUIDs) options in the dictionary settings, TermStar now can add GUIDs for all existing entries and/or data records.

When you deactivate the options, TermStar can now delete the GUIDs of all existing entries and/or data records.

Sorting values within a values list alphabetically

TermStar now allows to sort values in a flat or hierarchic monolingual values list alphabetically.

Service Pack 7 (September 2013)

New Features

1. Enhancements in Project exchange

Warning message when unpacking a TPF file twice

When unpacking a TPF file by double-clicking it, now a warning message is displayed if the TPF file has already been unpacked. This way the user can avoid overwriting existing data.

2. Enhancements in Usability

Opening dictionaries by double-clicking

It is now possible to open a TermStar dictionary from the Open dictionaries window by just double-clicking its name.

3. Enhancements in Tool windows

WebSearch tool has been enhanced

The WebSearch tool has been enhanced as follows:

You can now call up the website of the search service without carrying out a search. To do so, click on the globe icon in the corresponding list item.

After entering the search string you can start the web search just by pressing the ENTER key.

4. Changing the entry type

Via the Change entry type to option in the context menu of the edit mode, TermStar now allows to quickly and easily change the entry type.

This way you can change e. g. a synonym into a disallowed term (subentry to subentry) or a main entry into a subentry, and vice versa.

5. Support of File DSNs

TermStar now supports new DSN types when setting up ODBC connections to databases.

The DSN (Data Source Name) contains access data that TermStar needs for setting up a database connection. It can now be saved as a DSN file in the \config\global or \config\users\<user_name> folder of the TermStar installation.

This has many advantages especially if you have a network host installation or individual workstations accessing common network resources. The DSN files are saved centrally and can be managed centrally. Is is no longer necessary to setup each database connection on each client separately.

Names of ODBC connections with file DSN are displayed with the suffix (Global) or (User).

6. Extended data structure

Extended structure of data records

The structure of TermStar data records has been extended by the following fields / subentries:

Header field: Data record GUID

Entry and subentry fields: Entry GUID

Subentries: User index 1 to User index 5 (instead of only one User index)

Automatically created data record GUIDs and entry GUIDs

You can now specify for each dictionary separately if TermStar automatically creates an unique ID (GUID = Globally Unique Identifier) when creating data records and/or adding main entries or subentries.

The created GUIDs are displayed in the GUID header field or the GUID field of the main entry or subentry.

By means of the GUID, each data record created and each main entry or subentry added can be clearly identified.

NOTE ON WEBTERM: If you want to use the new fields (data record GUID, entry GUID, subentry GUID) or the additional subentry types (User index 2 to User index 5) in your WebTerm installation, your WebTerm installation needs to be updated. For more information, contact STAR (» Contact).

7. General enhancements

Enhanced sorting of project templates

In all lists of project templates, the user-created project templates are now shown at the top of the list.

 

Service Pack 6 (November 2012)

New Features

1. Support of Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012

TermStar can be installed and run on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

NOTE: TermStar requires Microsoft .NET 2.0. During the installation of TermStar on a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is turned on automatically.This requires an active internet connection and may slow down the installation process.

You may turn this feature on before installing TermStar: In Windows’ Control Panel | Programs | Programs and Features | Turn Windows features on or off menu, select the .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0) option. Note that this also requires an active internet connection.

2. Additionally supported working languages

TermStar now supports the following Indian languages:

Punjabi, Oriya, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Assamese, Marathi, Sanskrit, Sinhala

3. Importing more than one term per language into one data record

When importing a customised file format (e. g. an Excel terminology list exported as CSV or Unicode), it is now possible to import more than one term per language into one data record (corresponds to more than one main entry or subentry in TermStar).

REQUIREMENT: The columns of the import file must be arranged in a way that TermStar is able to assign the corresponding fields to the specific main entry or subentry correctly: The main entry term or subentry term must be followed by each of the respective fields before the next main entry term or subentry term follows.

For detailed information refer to » Document “TermStar Import/Export”.

Service Pack 5 (December 2011)

New Features

1. Support for MS SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP1

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MS SQL Server 2008 R2 Express SP1.

 

Service Pack 4 (January 2011)

New Features

1. Rename option for unpacking project dictionaries

With a new project settings option, it is now possible to have project dictionaries renamed automatically upon unpacking a PPF file. The project manager can set this option in the project settings file (*.PRJ) of the project for which this function shall be available:

(1) Make sure that the project is not open.

(2) Open the *.PRJ file in an editor, go to section [Exchange] and insert the following line:

ReceiveDicsProjectMode=1

(3) Save the PRJ file, open the project and pack the PPF file.

If the PPF with dictionaries is unpacked, TermStar will automatically add the project name to the name of the dictionary: <dictionary name>_<project name>.

If you delete this unpacked project, the project dictionaries can be deleted, too.

Service Pack 3 (September 2010)

New Features

1. Support of MS SQL 2008

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MS SQL 2008.

2. Enhanced About window

Information on the software protection (Site Code, Machine ID) has been added to the About window in standalone installations.

3. Enhanced user role management

User role management and usability have been enhanced:

Password protection can be activated for user-defined roles.

Disabled groups on the ribbon can now be hidden.

4. Enhanced windows

The following windows have been enhanced:

Opening dictionaries and adding dictionaries as project dictionary

Details window for global changes in field contents

5. Import / Export of TMX files

TermStar now supports:

Import of TMX files

Export of TMX files

Import and export terminology with standard data record filters

6. Enhanced data record filter

Enhanced data record filter options for language entries and subentries.

7. Enhanced Import / Export options

The Import / Export options have been enhanced by data record filter options.

8. Enhanced Merging

For merging dictionaries it is now possible to define more than one language for synchronisation.

Service Pack 2 (December 2008)

New Features

1. Enhanced performance

The speed performance has been improved.

 

Service Pack 1 (September 2009)

New Features

1. Enhanced installation

The installation routine has been enhanced.

2. Enhanced Project Browser

The Project Browser now handles UNC names.

3. Enhanced user role concept and presentation

User role definitions and presentation have been improved.

4. Additionally supported working language

TermStar now supports the following language:

Khmer (KHM)

5. Additionally supported UI languages

TermStar now supports the following dialog languages:

Chinese

Spanish

Japanese

6. Icon for online help

The online help can be accessed via a separate icon.

7. Enhanced data record filter

The following options for data record filtering have been added:

Display of language entries in all languages

Selectable filter application on subentries.

Update Build 4.0.0.671 (April 2009)

New Features

1. Enhanced installation

The Installation routine has been enhanced.

2. Support of MySQL Version 5.x

TermStar now allows to run TermStar databases on MySQL Version 5.x.

NOTE: This feature is optional and needs to be enabled by licence number. For more information contact STAR (» Contact).

TermStar NXT (November 2008)

First release of TermStar NXT.