QDS™ Version 2.1 Enhancements


It is strongly recommended that current users upgrade all QDS™ modules. Conflicts may arise if multiple versions are used simultaneously.

 

Design Studio Data Entry ACASI CAPI Warehouse Manager

Tables now support up to 26 categories and 100 elements.

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The Design Studio Validation function has been enhanced to flag illogical skip instructions inside a table.

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The Design Studio Build function has been fixed to properly handle automatic variables inside a table.

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The CAPI, A-CASI, and Data Entry modules have been fixed to properly handle skip instructions inside a table that reference variables outside the table.

 

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The Design Studio now automatically copies response cards when a user copies questionnaire elements from one QDS specifications file to another.

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The Find function allows the user to search for words or phrases located in questionnaire elements and response cards.

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The Go To function allows the user to jump to a new location in the file by specifying an element number.

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The A-CASI text-to-speech engine has been upgraded and supports a French language version.

 

 

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The Language Translations Paper Interviews property page has a new input field for “Skip to next category”, which allows the user to provide non-English translations for this message on paper questionnaires.

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The A-CASI module now supports audio for Yes/No and Gender response buttons. The audio may utilize text-to-speech or audio WAV files.

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There is a new ACASI Build Option check box to ‘Disallow Interviewer Comments’. This feature will prevent study subjects from adding any comments to the interview response data.

 

 

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Database lookup functions, DBVALUE, DBCOUNT, and DBSTATUS, are now compatible with Access 97 and Access 2000. The Warehouse Manager Export function now produces database files in Access 2000 format, exclusively.

 

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Database lookup function DBVALUE using automatic numeric calculations: Will retrieve 0 or 1 from Boolean fields and values from numeric fields with field size set to ‘double’. Previously, this function only retrieved integers.

 

 

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Database lookup function DBVALUE using string expressions: Will retrieve text from numeric fields (1 byte, short, long, and double), 0 or 1 from Boolean fields, dates, and currency fields. Previously, this function only retrieved text fields.

 

 

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Database lookup function DBCOUNT returns the number of records that match the Where clause.

 

 

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The A-CASI and CAPI programs have been enhanced to produce an optional report, which lists variables and responses for a single interview.

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The Warehouse Manager Export function now supports a new output option, which generates a SAS transport file, containing format statements for every unique response set in the warehouse data. In addition, a second file in ASCII format is generated that cross-references each format name to a list of variable names in the warehouse data.

 

 

 

 

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Installation program creates Sample Files folder, which contains about 60 sample files that correspond to examples in the User’s Manual.

 

 

 

 

 

Installation CD-ROM contains copy of User’s Manual in Acrobat PDF format.

 

 

 

 

 

Enhancements originally added in version 2.0 can be found here.


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