Translator's Workplace FAQ



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  1. Why must I acquire a license for Translator’s Workplace Logos?
    • Several rights holders charge for the use of their resources in Translator’s Workplace. Others charge nothing but require a relatively low level of reporting on distribution of the product containing their resources; Translator’s Workplace and Translator’s Notes are both affected by this requirement. In all cases, the rights holders are positive toward the cause of Bible translation and charge little or nothing for use. However, most require that the product incorporating their resources be distributed to those in translation work only and the questions asked on the License Request form fulfill the requirements to distribute only to translators and to report on distribution.
  2. Why must I use the online License Request process to acquire Translator’s Workplace Logos or Translator’s Notes?
    • As with many organizations in present times, resources are scarce. There are few people and limited funds to accomplish the task of translation resource distribution. The online form, properly completed, is the most efficient way that license requests can be addressed. In fact, any order that goes outside this system, becomes in effect, a special request and must be managed manually, fulfilled after those orders that properly follow the online system.
  3. Why must I answer all the questions in an “acceptable” manner?
    • While the rights holders with whom we work are generous in their allowance of resource use and in their broad definition of translators, they desire to know how their resources are used and that the use falls within the terms of the agreement. To honor those agreements, distribution must be limited to the use the rights holders allow. The answers to the questions asked fulfill those agreements.
  4. Specifically, who fits the definition of “Bible Translator” or “translation worker”?
    • Most rights holders use the following definition (which we have edited and to which we have added explanatory notes):
    • “Bible Translator” means:
      • Anyone currently affiliated with SIL or affiliated with one of the organization which is part of the Forum of Bible Agencies International (FOBAI) who is a) actively and directly involved with performing Bible Translation work, or, b) a supporting member of a team performing Bible Translation Work as part of their official role in their organization (translation consultants, translation checkers, or systems administrators and systems trainers, for example, who make it possible for the Bible Translator to access electronically and successfully use Translator’s Workplace)
      • Any person who does not belong to a member organization of FOBAI, but who is a) actively and directly performing Bible Translation Work, or, b) a supporting member of a team performing Bible Translation Work as part of their official role in their organization (translation consultants, translation checkers, or systems administrators and systems trainers, for example, who make it possible for the Bible Translator to access electronically and successfully use Translator’s Workplace), as part of a genuine and verified Bible Translation Project.
      • Any person who attends an accredited training course sponsored by or staffed by a FOBAI organization for the purpose of learning to do Bible Translation Work (or a genuine and verified Bible Translator Training Organization)
  5. Can I order multiple TW Logos copies for my (class, cluster, project, etc.)?
    • There are occasions when a system administrator or consultant or instructor (the Person Placing the Order/Billing Person) will be required to order TW Logos for all the eligible people (the Product Users) within their area of responsibility. (Please note that the Product Users must individually fit the eligibility requirements regardless of who orders for them.) Here is how the Person Placing the Order may request a license for multiple Product Users:
      • The Person Placing the Order logs into (or sets up) his or her account at
      • The (registered) Person Placing the Order then goes to the appropriate TW Logos (or TN) product and requests a license for each Product User by beginning a new License Request form as many times as needed
      • The Person Placing the Order completes each iteration of the License Request form filling in their own Email address in the first blank as the Person Placing the Order.
      • For the remainder of the form, the Person Placing the Order fills in the unique Product User’s license information
      • When the Product User’s License Request is approved, the Product will be placed within the shopping cart of the Person Placing the Order (the person who initiated the multiple requests)
      • The Person Placing the Order may repeat the process whenever needed
      •  If placing multiple license requests at one time, select the “Remember me” box.
      • This will remember your information for another submission within the next hour.
      • Once you have submitted your license request, set your email spam filter to allow messages from .
      • If your license request is approved, you must have the approval email from in order to log in to your account and place your product in your shopping cart to complete the transaction.
      • The license request form, completed accurately and approved, becomes the record of eligibility at the time of approval.
  6. In what formats is Translator’s Workplace Logos available?
    • Translators Workplace, Logos Edition, is available as an online download or on a flash drive for those in locations for which internet access is difficult. Extra charges apply.
  7. I've heard that TW is available as a Logos collection, but I’ve also heard that Logos resources are expensive.
    • There are no charges for the Logos engine (a free download at
    • You are not required to make any additional Logos purchases
    • Both licensing and license payment for TW will be through SIL.
  8. What is the charge for each TW Logos format?
    • The license fee for each format will be $50.00*
      • For the option of TW Logos on a flash drive, an extra charge of $15.00 plus shipping will be required. Please read the FAQ regarding acquiring TW Logos on a drive before selecting this option.
  9. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Is there a beta version available now?
    • There is no beta version available.
  10. Am I able to get a DVD/flash drive (and/or, download) for TW Logos?
    • TW Logos is available as an online download initially. This flash drive distribution is intended for those users who have limited or high cost internet access. Once an individual has installed the Logos flash drive, their future updates and additional resources will be available as online downloads only. See FAQ regarding additional cost for TW on a flash drive.
  11. How do I find out more information about TW Logos options and place an order?
    • A home page with descriptions for the TW Logos options is available on at
    • The TW Logos description includes a button to request a license, which will lead you through the process. See the FAQs at the top of this page in regard to the need for licensing.
  12. Can I use my existing Logos (or Libronix) resources with TW Logos?
    • TW Logos is designed to integrate with and expand your existing Logos (or Libronix) library
    • By using your existing Logos Customer ID, your new resources will be integrated with existing resources.
    • Upgrade instructions will be available when you purchase the license.​​​​​​​
  13. How can I know when new resources are available for TW Logos?
    • ​The best way to keep informed is to join the SIL Translation Resources Google Group. To Join This Group:
      • ​Log into your Google account
      • Enter this URL into your browser:!forum/sil-translation-resources
      • Click on Join group
      • On the Join the SIL Translation Resources group dialog, set the Email delivery preference to Notify me for every new message or Send daily summaries
      • Click on Join this group
      • Read the Welcome message
    • This is a public group - anyone can join. All that is needed is a Google account, which anyone can create if they do not already have one. If you have any questions, suggestions, or problems, please send an email to .
  14. What about Translator’s Notes? Are there any new requirements there?

*Several rights holders of resources in TW have begun to charge SIL royalties and some also require annual fees or life of license fees. Those expenses must be passed on in part to the user. Additionally, several rights holders require minimal detailed annual reporting. In order to comply, licensing will be required for each copy of TW acquired whether through or through an Area or an agency.