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"The Rorschach Software of Choice"

SHORT TOUR

This page describes ONLY the changes made from Version 5 to Version 6. If you are not familiar with Version 5, please take the Software Tour to read about all of the features in V6.

(Comments about the new features from the JPA review of V6 appear in the full Software Tour.)

Here is what’s new in Version 6:

(Addendum: Since V6 was first released, 5 free updates have been released. To read about what’s new in each update, click here. When finished, click your Back button to return to the Short Tour.)

   Changes and additions from:

Exner’s new Primer (Exner, 2000)
the 5th Edition Workbook (Exner, 2001) norm changes
recently published research
recent Rorschach Workshops teachings

   New Comprehensive System scores and indices

Perceptual-Thinking Index (PTI) (SCZI data is also reported)
Human Response Variable (HRV) (GHR, PHR)
Ego Impairment Index (EII) (experimental)

   New software features:

STEP CHECKLIST: V6 adds an important 3-way report tool which enables you to work with the new Primer’s cluster-by-cluster, step-by-step review of data. Teachers and students find the Primer’s systematic approach to interpretation especially instructive and seasoned Rorschachers have much to gain from using Exner’s newly-revised Steps approach to gather and validate interpretive hypotheses. Until now, the problem has been that working through the Primer in the thorough manner it warrants takes considerably more work and time than most can afford. ROR-SCAN’s Step Checklist solves the problem by giving you instant access to all of the Primer findings. Here’s what it does:

(1) The Step Checklist automatically calculates and displays all positive potential findings (PFs) for every Step and every Cluster, as detailed in Exner’s Primer. You can systematically review every positive PF in the entire record or you can zero in on any particular Cluster or Step to see a listing of the positive PFs for that selected data point. You can even select a particular PF number to display its findings. The positive potential findings are stated in clear, concise narrative form.

(2) The Step Checklist shows the specific data values in the record that are used to evaluate each Step and to calculate which findings are positive. This disclosure shows you why certain hypotheses are positive and why others are not, information needed if coding decisions are uncertain or when fine distinctions should be examined further to address crucial clinical issues.

(3) The Step Checklist presents the procedural logic and purpose of each step, telling you how the Step’s data are used and where the Step’s information fits in formulating the overall workup.

The Primer guides you through an exhaustive review of the record’s data, following the step-by-step procedures recommended by Exner. If you value the careful scrutiny the Primer offers but can’t justify the many hours it takes to use the Primer, you need ROR-SCAN’s Step Checklist! The Primer becomes an instantly available resource rather than becoming an unused "reference book" catching dust on a shelf. You get all the benefits of working through the entire Primer without any of the labor (the data for all 73 Steps of the 8 Clusters requires calculations for 236 potential findings). First read through the positive PFs in the Step Checklist (on-screen or printed), then use ROR-SCAN’s regular Interpretive Scan and you have the best of both worlds – what Exner says in the Primer and what he and others say in the Interpretive Scan. You’ll soon be using the Step Checklist for all your Rorschach evaluations. Here is a picture of the 4-part adjustable window with the cluster selection buttons at the top, the clickable Steps and positive PF numbers at the left, the Step explanation at the top, the needed data values below it, and the PF narrative at the bottom:

Steps

DATA CLUSTERS: V6 displays data from a record in several formats. In addition to the regular (revised) Summary of Scores, V6 also displays the data grouped by interpretively related clusters (Affect, Controls, etc.). This helps you more easily track data specific to the clusters while following the recommended interpretive strategy. Data for each cluster is easily displayed by clicking the mouse, cluster by cluster, while you are reviewing the Summary of Scores, the Interpretive Scan, or the Step Checklist. Flexibility and ease of access are provided by a pull-down "data cluster window" that you can slide open to see the scores or slide closed for a more extensive view of the other screens. You can also print the data clusters as a separate report or print the clusters preceding the narrative sections of the Interpretive Scan which focus on information derived from the cluster. Pictured below is data for the Ideation cluster shown at the top, seen while part of the Scoring Summary is displayed below it. Any data cluster can be selected to display at any time.

Ideation Cluster

Any of the Report windows can fill the entire screen, but it is often helpful to be able to flexibly inspect several reports at the same time, as the following picture demonstrates. Below, the upper section displays data from the Ideation Cluster while the lower section shows part of the Scoring Summary. Both sections are scrollable and resizable. The Steps Checklist window has also been opened to show findings from the Primer for the Ideation Cluster. It, too, can be scrolled, resized, moved, or temporarily hidden.

PRIORITIZED INTERPRETIVE OUTPUT: Now you have a choice of displaying and printing the Interpretive Scan sections in the same standard order as in Version 5 or of prioritizing the sections according to Exner’s interpretive strategies. Choosing the latter, the more salient sections of a particular record are presented first. As described above, the data cluster can be set to print before each prioritized section.

DATABASE OUTPUT: V6 can generate two types of database files. The "summed variables" file has 256 separate data fields to give your statistics or database software access to all raw and calculated variables in the Scoring Summary. In addition, there are blank fields in which to enter experimental variables. A data map showing the rows and columns used for each variable is included in the Help system and can be printed for reference. Data files can be output individually or they can be appended to a larger group database file. There is a choice of field delimiters to meet the needs of different database and statistical software. You are not limited to obtaining simple descriptive stats because data files can easily be used to extract data into your own statistics program. V6 ships with a custom SPSS syntax file for automatic data importing into SPSS. That makes it possible to calculate all descriptive statistics PLUS whichever inferential ones you may need (ANOVAs, T tests, non-parametrics, relationship tests, etc.). The second type of data file outputs all of the coded responses in a record, line by line.

ADDITIONAL FQ TABLE ACCESS: V5 showed you only the FQ Table for the Area which was currently coded. This was a limitation when you needed to find FQ values for other Areas (such as when the response used two or more Areas). In V6, you can search for and view FQ values for other areas than the one coded – without having to change your coding to do it.

MOUSEWHEEL SUPPORT: All reports can now be scrolled by using the mousewheel in addition to using the standard vertical scrollbar.

PATCH UPDATES: This capability is comparable to the "live update" feature of some major software. If minor updates are needed for "fixes" or changes made since you received your CD, you can get an email "patch" which automatically updates your software installation. In addition to eliminating any wait to get a new disk through the mail, it removes the usual concern about buying a new version.

INTERNET ACCESS: If your computer can connect to the Web, you can click a link to automatically reach ROR-SCAN.COM for information about updates. In addition, you can link to our email address to request technical support.

WINDOWS COMPATIBILITY: V6 is 32-bit software and is written to run faster and more efficiently on Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, ME, and XP. (W2000Pro presents a very minor programming incompatibility which keeps a few of the area displays from "lighting up", although all areas can easily be coded.) V6 will not run on Windows 3.xx (which can run only 16-bit software). V6 will run on Macs with 32-bit Windows emulation software (W95 or higher) such as VirtualPC.

BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY: ROR-SCAN Version 3, 4, and 5 files can be loaded and converted into V6 files to gain information from recent CS changes. RIAP3 files (but not RIAP4 files) can be converted into V6 files.

DISTRIBUTION MEDIA: The program can be ordered either on a flash drive (ROR-SCAN FLASH) or on a CD with a 3.5" diskette. If ordered on a CD/diskette, one-time access is needed to the 3.5" authorization diskette. After the diskette is accessed, it need not be used again unless you wish to move the program to a different computer. If your computer does not have a floppy drive you should order ROR-SCAN FLASH. Because each method has its own unique advantages and disadvantages, we advise that you consult the Comparison Table to decide which method will work best for you. If you have unanswered questions, please email us.

   Miscellaneous:

NEW AND REWRITTEN NARRATIVE. Based on recently published research, Rorschach Workshops teachings, and norm changes, there are new and clarified interpretive hypotheses. Almost all items in the Client Report Checklist have been rewritten for greater understandability, the reading level has been lowered, and traces of psycho-babble have been removed.

FLEXIBLE FILE NAMING: V6 offers a choice of either automatically naming your files as V5 did or making up your own file names. You can use long file names or codes to preserve confidentiality.

WINDOW "PERSISTENCE" has been added to many of the program’s windows. This means that once you resize or reposition a window just the way you want it, it will stay that way even if you close the window and re-open it later. In addition, the program now remembers more of your user options so you don’t need to reset them.

ALTERNATE STRING ENTRY MODE: Screen visibility of the codes has been improved, periods are now entered instead of commas between multiple Determinants, and multiple Contents and Special Scores accept either a comma or period.

NOTES FIELD: A click anywhere on the Notes field opens Notes for typing and storage of "extra" data.

HELP SYSTEM: As usual, the Help system is context-sensitive and cross-referenced but it now complies with newer Help system standards of providing Contents, Index, and Find tabs. Topics have been revised to reflect changes in the CS.

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