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  1. This post may also be of interest as it describes a method for creating transcripts using Transcriber 1.5.1 and then importing the transcript along with timestamps and audio files into NVivo. Transcriber has recently been replaced by a completely new and much improved transcription program, TranscriberAG. I'm not sure how one would go about exporting transcripts with timestamps for import into NVivo using the new version. Another time-aligned transcription program worth looking at is XTrans. These tools, along with Transana, are much better at transcription than any of the available QDA packages that support audio/video data with time-aligned transcripts. I think it would be to the advantage of programs like NVivo to provide import directly from the transcription formats supported by these programs. Alan.
  2. astockdale

    NVIVO8 and PDFs

    I think it will take time for the annotation tools to appear because their vision is quite large. A lot of different projects seem to be collaborating through the Open Annotation Collaboration I mentioned previously. It is worth checking out the videos of AXE integration in Zotero and Pliny here. More on Pliny, which works with PDFs, here. And for relation to QDA see this paper.
  3. astockdale

    Windows 7

    Thanks, that's good to know. I am hoping that running as non-admin in general is less of a pain than it was under XP. Microsoft seems to have finally gotten serious about getting developers to write code that doesn't require unnecessary privilege escalation.
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    Windows 7

    Can someone from QSR answer the question I posted earlier. Thanks. Will NVivo 8 SP4 run properly if you are logged into a Windows 7 standard user account or does it require an admin or an admin approval mode account (i.e. account with UAC privilege elevation prompts)?
  5. astockdale

    Windows 7

    Adam, One other question about NVivo and Windows 7. Will NVivo 8 SP4 run properly if you are logged into a standard user account or does it require an admin or admin approval mode account (i.e. account with UAC prompts)? Alan.
  6. astockdale

    NVIVO8 and PDFs

    Zotero is part of a group developing an open annotation standard for online digital resources. see Open Annotation Collaboration. Also see Can I annotate my PDF snapshots?
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    Windows 7

    From what I can figure the main downside to using 64-bit W7 is that you need to use 64 bit device drivers and not all hardware has 64-bit drivers available. That aside it seems to make sense to move onto 64-bit just to break 3GB or whatever the memory limit is on 32-bit systems. My understanding is that W7 install DVDs will include both 32 and 64 bit versions. Windows 7: 64 bit vs 32 bit? Deploying Windows 7 - Part 9: Deploying 32-bit vs. 64-bit Windows Information Week's Windows 7 Survival Guide: From 32- To 64-Bit
  8. astockdale

    Windows 7

    Adam, The link you reference states that: What are the advantages and disadvantages to running NVivo on 64-bit rather 32-bit W7? Presumably you can address more memory in 64-bit if you have it installed. Alan.
  9. There are lots of cloud services that allow you to keep data files on computers synchronized e.g. Dropbox. A lot of them are free if you don't transfer too much data. Microsoft SkyDrive offers up to 25GB for but there are some limitations (and you know it isn't really free). If you want something that is more secure, scales, and is dirt cheap use JungleDisk and Amazon S3. The JungleDisk client is $2/month and can be installed on as many computers as you wish (Windows, Linux, OS X). Amazon S3 storage is 15 cents / GB (in Europe it's 18 cents). Everything is billed through Amazon. You only pay for what you use and storage is unlimited. Other services may be a little easier to use but you have less control over your data, less security, and often greater cost if you store a significant amount of data. You can set JungleDisk up so connections are encrypted (https) and the data on Amazon can also be encrypted using AES. Very few other services allow you the encrypt your data on the server unless you do it manually before the file is uploaded. (Note that if you use Zotero 2 you can synchronize file attachments such as PDFs stored in your bibliographic database using JungleDisk and S3 as well--you can't do this with other services unless they support webdav.) Another way to go is to set up your data on a Virtual Machine and just move the machine back and forth between computers (using the above or flash drive). Try VirtualBox. With a virtual machine you're not just moving the data: you're moving the operating system, NVivo installation, and the data back and forth. The nice thing is that the VM will run on Windows, Linux and OS X but you'll need a decent amount of RAM.
  10. Using 16 bit at 22.05 kHz is adequate for recording speech for QDA purposes. Normal speech frequencies are in the 250 Hz to 8 kHz range, although the most critical are in the 400 Hz to 3.4 kHz range. Nyquist dictates that you need a sampling frequency of at least twice the highest frequency you intend to record to create an accurate representation hence 22.05kHz. This is half the standard CD recording rate which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz per channel. To make good quality audio recordings of interviews and meetings probably the most critical aspect people get wrong is the microphone to speaker distance. The greater the distance the nosier and less intelligible the recording will become. It doesn't matter what the bit depth and sample rate are or how expensive the microphone and recorder are if this is too great. Each speaker needs to be fairly close to a microphone and ideally the recording environment should have a fairly low level of reverberation and extraneous noise. The microphone doesn't have to be in their face. If the recording environment is fairly quiet, two or three feet away will probably be okay. For meetings, stereo recording with a couple of external mics helps a lot as it is easier to position the two mics and the people so that everyone is fairly close to at least one of the mics.
  11. You need a copy of Windows and enough disk space to install a second operating system, NVivo, data files, etc. There are two ways to run Windows on a Mactel: 1. Use Apple Bootcamp to dual boot Windows and OS X. You can only use one operating system at a time. 2. Run Windows on top of OS X using virtualization software. There are three programs that will let you do this: VMware Fusion, Parallels Desktop and Sun VirtualBox. Fusion and Parallels are about $80 but there are often $20+ discounts. VirtualBox is open source so there is no cost. Make sure you have plenty of RAM (memory) as you'll be running two operating systems simultaneously. Install the virualization software, create Windows virtual machine, intsall NVivo into the virtual machine just as you would do normally. There are lots of step-by-step tutorials online, including video tutorials. Here are some examples: How to Run Windows on Your Mac with VMware Fusion VMWare Fusion Resources Windows 7 on VirtualBox - The Movie How To Use and Install Windows XP In VirtualBox
  12. astockdale

    NVIVO8 and PDFs

    I'll put in another plug for Zotero here. You can't annotate PDFs directly (yet) but you can annotate the PDFs in your Zotero collection using other programs from within Zotero, see discussion here. Other features that may be of interest to qual researchers: you can use Zotero to directly annotate web pages and other types of documents: see Highlighting and Annotation. You can also add notes to items and tags and you can retrieve PDF Metadata and you can do cool things with timelines (click links for screencasts). There's also a plugin that allows annotation of video/audio files: see Vertov. And it works with Word and OpenOffice Writer. Zotero is undergoing fairly rapid development (see Roadmap)--it's about to become a great collaboration tool you can use across multiple platforms from anywhere. It's open source so outside developers can easily in creating new features are free contribute code or develop plug-ins. If you search their forums you'll see a number of users pondering how to relate Zotero use to QDA tasks and existing QDA software e.g. Tagging phrases in pdfs.
  13. astockdale

    software problems

    I can't help with the crashing problem but if you'd like to try transcribing outside NVivo and then importing synchronized transcript and audio files see this thread for one solution.
  14. For anyone who hasn't bought either Fusion or Parallels, it's also worth trying Sun's VirtualBox which is free. Works on OS X, Linux, Windows, and OpenSolaris. VirtualBox was more of an enthusiast's option 6 months ago but it has undergone rapid development since being taken over by Sun.
  15. astockdale

    Question

    I think you have to run it on Windows using Bootcamp or virtualization software (Fusion, Parallels, or VirtualBox).
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