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Guest Farhad

Hi there. I am using Nvivo 12 on a surface product, and as you probably know, it has lots of problems. Its incompatibility with high-resolution screen aside, it doesn't support pen and highlighting and commenting is not convenient. Right now I code paragraphs for highlighting and can't do the same for figures and tables. I was wondering if there is any way to link pdf files from my drive rather than just importing them, so I use any other pdf reader to do the reading and commenting while being able to see them in Nvivo and code whatever I want.

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Hello Farhad,

Nvivo allows you too create an external for any sources that you can not import into Nvivo. You can find detailed information below (It belongs to Nvivo 11 but still valid for 12):

https://help-nv11.qsrinternational.com/desktop/procedures/create_externals_for_sources_you_cannot_import.htm

However, regardless from your data type and research approach, I would not follow such a coding strategy especially for time efficiency and resource coherence.

You can import your PDFs to Nvivo and code while you are reading, if you need to take notes you can use annotation feature. 

Hope this helps,

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Thank you Canarik,

I guess importing pdf is a better option. Could you please help me address two problems bellow. I appreciate your time and help.

1. treating old articles (which are hard to select the text to code) like a picture; like in regular pdf readers when you can't highlight, you would simply draw lines with pen/mouse.

2. It seems like that I reached my annotation limit which is around 25 or so; if I want to add more annotation, it will crash. I tried it in different files.

Thank you.

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Hello again Farhad,

1) Nvivo allows you to select and code regions in a PDF file. You may want to look at :

https://help-nv11.qsrinternational.com/desktop/procedures/basic_coding_in_documents_pdfs_externals_and_memos.htm

2) If your coding style consists extensive annotations, then I would suggest utilizing memos instead. A major advantage of memos is to be able to code its content. You may want to look at :

https://help-nv11.qsrinternational.com/desktop/concepts/about_memos.htm

Hope this helps,

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