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What's New - Complete List

What's New - Complete List

New Reports

  1. Database menu --> Performance Report Click here for sample
  2. Analyze menu --> Performance Report
    1. Data generated from various reports is used to create a cohesive narrative about the speaker’s expressive language performance. When this report is selected from the Database menu, the speaker’s performance is compared with his/her database peers.
    2. Displayed as text which can be edited, copied and pasted into diagnostic reports, or saved as an RTF file for direct import into MS Word and other word processors.
  3. Database menu --> Transcript Length, Intelligibility, & Semantics
    1. Summarizes transcript length. intelligibility, and semantics for the entire transcript and for the equated samples.
  4. Database menu --> Rate and Pause Summary
    1. Mirrors the Analyze menu --> Rate and Pause Summary
  5. Database menu --> Oral Narrative Quality (AGL)
  6. Analyze menu --> Oral Narrative Quality (AGL)
    1. Added support for ONQ and Oral Narrative Comprehension (ONC) for NZ/AU “Ana Gets Lost” (AGL) narratives.

New Language Measures

  1. "Utterances with Dialogue"
    1. Total number of utterances containing quoted text.
    2. Added to Analyze menu --> Summary of Utterance Types
  2. "Pause Time as % of Total Time"
    1. Total pause time divided by total elapsed time.
    2. Added to Standard Measures Report and Rate and Pause Summary in Database and Analyze menus.
  3. "Verbs/Utterance"
    1. Total number of verbs and copula forms divided by the total number of utterances. Only available for English samples – uses Grammatical Categories.
    2. Added to Standard Measures Report in Database and Analyze menus.

New PDF Report Utility - Windows® OS only

  1. Database menu --> Create Customized PDF Report
  2. Analyze menu --> Create Customized PDF Report
    1. Creates a PDF document consisting of the Performance Report, all supporting reports used to generate the Performance Report, and a print out of the transcript.
      Note: PDF options are Windows OS only; Mac OS assumes PDFs are created using the Print dialogue box.

New "Find" Utility

  1. Analyze menu --> Standard Utterance Lists; Find button
  2. Explore menu --> Find
    1. Locates utterances within the transcript, allowing the user to move to each selected utterance.

New Transcript Conventions

  1. @begin and @end added to transcript format to mark fixed beginning and ending points.
  2. Allow between-utterance pauses formatted as ":02" or ";02", as well as ": :02" and “; :02”.

Changes Which Affect How Language Measures Are Calculated

  1. Setup menu --> Analysis Settings -->Timing Lines
    1. Added setting to include/exclude + and = lines when determining if timing lines are sequential; used to subtract time from the total elapsed time.
  2. Setup menu --> Editor Settings --> SI Code Settings
    1. Changed default setting to exclude utterances coded as [EU] from SI coding.
  3. Changes to handling of within and between-utterance pauses.
    1. Within-utterance pauses with explicit zero time trigger an error and are ignored.
    2. Between-utterance pauses with explicit zero time are ignored except for turn change.
    3. Added warning if some pauses timed and some not timed.

Changes Which Affect How the Software Functions

  1. Renamed Database menu --> Select Database Comparison Set to Database menu --> Select Database Samples and Settings. Moved “Standard Deviation Interval” setting into this dialogue box.
  2. Reorganized the Edit menu, moving the Insert Templates for NSS, ESS, PSS, Comprehension Questions, Fluency Behaviors, ONQ, and ONC into a submenu.
  3. Windows OS only: changed activation requirement from .NET 2.0 to .NET 4.0.

Miscellaneous Changes

  1. Added option of whether or not to include gridlines when printing transcript.
  2. Added "%" to the progress display bar; added the message "Calculating database values" to explain long delay before first database report.
  3. Added message when selecting "Entire transcript (regardless of length) to equate samples for database comparison; includes option to suppress message.
  4. Fixed display of Grammatical Categories (GC) for linked transcripts when one transcript uses GC and one doesn't
  5. Fixed display of Subordination Index (SI) for linked transcripts where one transcript uses SI and one doesn't.
  6. Fixed problem with database matching criteria being reset when linking/unlinking samples.
  7. Mac OS only: fixed problem with saving Help screens as PDF and intermittent crashes.
  8. Updated built-in Help system to reflect changes.
  9. Updated Help menu --> User Guides to reflect changes.

Research Version Only

New "Find" Utility

  1. Tools menu --> Explore Multiple Transcripts --> Find
  2. Tools menu --> Check for Errors
    1. Locates utterances within multiple transcripts by opening each transcript and allowing the user to move to each selected utterance.

Miscellaneous Changes

  1. Tools menu --> Build Reference Database
    1. Added option to specify the default value of the "Based on" setting (words, utterances, time, entire transcript) when selecting the comparison set.
  2. Tools menu --> Rectangular Data File
    1. Updated to include all new language measures.
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