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  1. Duncan Branley

    Extending the NVivo for Mac licence/license

    Thanks, Rahul, that makes sense. I'll find another computer to test it on! Best wishes, Duncan
  2. Hi, I've just received our new site licence key for the forthcoming year and wanted to test it on both platforms before distributing it to our users. However, I seem to have fallen at the first hurdle on the Mac: I go to NVivo > Licensing > the only option not greyed out is Deactivate. Greyed out are Activate; Extend License; and Replace License. I do not have a project opened when doing this. If I attempt it with a project opened, then all options are greyed out. Just in case I was doing something odd I've checked the tech help and I'm not: http://techcenter.qsrinternational.com/techcenter.htm#nm10/nm10_extending_a_license.htm Tech specs if relevant: - NVivo 10.2.1 (1377) - the latest available. - Mac OS Yosemite 10.10.3 Any ideas? Thanks. Best wishes, Duncan
  3. The announcement of NV Server is very welcome - well done! Any indication yet on which platforms the server will run? And what sort of authentication protocols you'll be using? Thanks. Duncan
  4. Just for completeness I've added part of my exchange with Arif since we resolved this back-channel, but it might be useful for others when help is not immediately available: "That seems to have worked. In C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Microsoft SQL Server Data I had both QSRNVIVO and QSRNVIVO8 so I renamed both of them to -old and restarted. That may have been because I had NV7 installed previously too. Both of the SQL components you named were already installed."
  5. Any joy, anyone? I've had exactly this happen on my powerful (so no resource issues) iMac running Win XP under Parallels. Running NV8.4. Following the advice to a user of NV7 when this error message occurred http://forums.qsrinternational.com/index.php?showtopic=1583&mode=threaded&pid=3785, I checked SQL Server under Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services. It had started automatically so that wasn't the problem. Checking Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Event Viewer showed a series of errors: "Failed to generate a user instance of SQL Server due to a failure in starting the process for the user instance. The connection will be closed. [CLIENT: <local machine>]". I tried reinstalling to no avail. I then installed on an old (and s-l-o-w) PC running Win XP. It installed ok, but then wouldn't activate, crashing each time I selected Activate Now. Restarting and selecting Activate Later starts the programme and lets me open up a project ok. If I choose to Activate from the Help menu, it crashes again. So I have 29 days I can work on the slow machine until it's used up the activation window. I don't know if the problems are related to an issue with the Activation server - but on the iMac I have over 400 days left on the licence since it was activated with earlier versions of NV8. Thanks for any thoughts. Duncan
  6. Duncan Branley

    External File Links - File Paths

    Hi, Glenys, It would be really nice to be able to have one variable which pointed to the first part of the file path or to have relative links - relative to the project's current location. That way moving between machines I'd only need to change one thing or perhaps not even that if the variable value persisted until changed in each instance of NVivo. So moving from c:\duncan\research\data_sources\ to e:\date_sources\ to d:\data_sources\ to n:\123456\userhome\data_sources\ would be a trivial exercise and would not tie you to any one computer. I can't see that it would be that hard to implement! Best wishes, Duncan
  7. Duncan Branley

    External File Links - File Paths

    I'm afraid not, Kathryn. I moved on to Macs and decided to use some other software to help me organise my literature. I've not tested it using NV8. But the Help looks pretty similar to NV7 on this from what I recall: "Creating Externals for Files Outside of the Project Hyperlinks are broken when the destination file has been moved, renamed or deleted. If the link occurs in many source documents, you need to fix the link for each occurrence. NVivo addresses this problem by providing 'externals' to handle hyperlinks. You create one external to represent the web site or file and link to the external from other documents—this way if a hyperlink becomes invalid you need only update it in one location. " The one thing I might add is that if you have them stored on an external drive or removable media, they may get different logical drive letters on different PCs even though the rest of the path is identical depending on how many external bits and bobs you've got attached. A simple switch or user controlled variable setting should get round this problem. Perhaps a better way might be to import literature PDFs into NV8? Duncan
  8. Duncan Branley

    Importing MP3 files

    Thanks for your response, Mark. No I'm not facing the issue - the point I intended to make was that some of the error reports made to the forum pique my interest, but then they disappear 'back channel' and we never find out what caused them or what to do to avoid them. So a little summary once it's sorted out (not the ongoing investigation) is what I was after for this and others. That would make the fora more useful to search too. Best wishes, Duncan
  9. Duncan Branley

    Importing MP3 files

    It would be good to have a brief explanation of why this happened, if there is one. Thanks. Duncan
  10. Slightly tangentially... 1,300 nodes sounds very large. And all your levels sound very deep. I wonder if your coding system is as efficiently designed as it could be for sue with NVivo. Organising on the principle of what sort of thing/concept your are capturing using a node instead of capturing everything in one conceptually dense refinement utilises computing power more efficiently. Eg instead of having a node which identifies something as "animal - mammal - dog - short-haired - white haired - without patches of other colour - female" you could have a differently organised structure which would be way more flexible (with apologies to biological taxonomists): Type - animal - vegetable - etc Class - mammals - etc Family - dog - cat - rat Hair - length -- short -- medium -- long - colour -- white -- brown -- black Sex (since this is biology and I'm taking the simplistic view for illustrative purposes!) - M - F - O Yes you have to code things several times, but then your concepts and their relationships are amenable to reassessment. A deep coding scheme has repetitions (eg you'd have to have that long list above for males and other; and then repeat again for brown-haired dogs; and then again for cats etc etc etc). It is very dificult to reorder should you start to think about things differently. It boxes your thinking in. It is also pretty hard to apply the coding having to remember exactly where you categorised something. That might be irrelevant to your coding scheme, but it's worth thinking about, especially if you're doing academic research. HTH, Duncan
  11. Duncan Branley

    creating proxy document

    Hi, Sue, Silvana's paper was for version 2 of the software. You don't say which version you're on, but it's likely to be 7 or 8 if you're new to NVivo (it jumped from 2 to 7 because two product lines were brought into synch - the other was at version 6). For versions 7 or 8 you should read the online help for Externals which have subsumed Proxy documents. HTH, Duncan
  12. Dear Tom This is quite easy: see http://help-nv8-en.qsrinternational.com/Cr...rom_Sources.htm The quick way of doing it is: In ListView, select the required sources. Right-click and select the CreateAs option. Click the CreateCases option. HTH, Duncan
  13. Duncan Branley

    Output by node, not by source

    Hi, Dana, Not an answer to this question for now, but a quick comment (because of time pressure) and because you're starting out: you'd have more flexibility in terms of querying if you structured your nodes slightly differently... A. Animals A1. cats A2. dogs B. Fur colour B1. black B2. white You would need to double code (ie for animal AND fur colour), but then your nodes organisation would be a lot clearer and would not have redundant almost-repetitions (black cats; black dogs; black rats etc). Further for something which is fairly stable like fur colour you might want to use attributes rather than a node. HTH, Duncan
  14. Lee, I run Parallels at work on a 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo iMac with 4GB of RAM and Leopard 10.5.4 and VMware Fusion and Bootcamp at home 2 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook with 2GB of RAM and Tiger (latest - can't remember the number). Both work fine though obviously the machine power and screen size makes it easier and faster at work. There were some advantages to Fusion when I got it, but now I believe the differences are not as significant. You should be able to get educational discounts. Duncan
  15. My instinct would be to go for the second of Pat's suggestions. It can make phrasing questions you want to ask of your data easier and (for me) is more flexible than just adding things to sets. I tend to use attributes like tags creating 'live' sets. If you're doing longitudinal work though you might want to make 'snapshot' sets for archival purposes in case attributes change. You can use sets as organisational containers - no need to reserve them for higher level abstractions from your data. HTH Duncan