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QPSMR Software  What's New



Character questions have a new "Pre-select contents" setting [Constant] which means the text you specify will automatically be stored in the data file as this question is reached during data entry (in effect "Auto-selecting" words).

If character questions require coding, there are 2 new options to help you. [Data] [Export coding file for selected entries] will create a CSV file containing all of the responses for the character entries you select, ready for coding. If the "Code text to entry" setting has been applied on a character entry (to set the name of the entry where the coded information should be stored), that name will be shown in the [Entry] column of the coding file.

Another new variable option [Answers] [Get combinations in data from multi] allows you to calculate the "reach" and "frequency" for TURF analysis.

In this version we have modified the way that filter text is generated, so the entry name is included once only for consecutive entry names. The definition Q1/1 or Q1/3 will now show the text "Q1 is Starter OR is Dessert" rather than repeating Q1 "Q1 is Starter OR Q1 is Dessert".

CSV data files can now contain spreadfield multi codes, response texts (not codes) and column headers to control which response the data should be stored in (headers can be in any order for example, Q1_1, Q1_3, Q1_2) … and you can mix and match these formats in the same file! CSV files can be used with data drill down straightaway, or viewed and saved, copy and converted to a different file format (for example ASC) or merged into an existing data file. When the data is saved, response texts will automatically be converted to response numbers.

A list of all entries (filters, questions and variables) in your questionnaire can be output to an Excel file.

Tables now show the definition and text used for any filters automatically applied (set in the questionnaire) and the text can be modified if required. Also, there is no longer the limit of 16 data files for a tables run.

New data exports to SPSS have been included - you can now choose the way multi-coded entries are output, as spreadfields or as sets of single codes (one for each response). As well as MRSETS, SCORE variables are included for entries with score values are applied. There is also a new global option [Do not export empty entries or responses] which can reduce the exported file size considerably.

The QPSMR programmers have also been busy doing lots of work "behind the scenes" so that output files (including questionnaires, tables and data) are now generated as UTF-8 with BOM files wherever appropriate. This means that anyone can read characters in different languages, in these files, without needing to change the locale setting on their computer*.

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* We recommend that Notepad (rather than WordPad) is used if you wish to view UTF-8 files, so the BOM is retained if you save the file. Also, if exported CSV files are opened in older versions of Excel, and changes are made, you should [Save as] a CSV file, otherwise Excel versions prior to 2019 will treat the files as Text and formatting may be lost when the file is saved.