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OUR LATEST VERSION

VERSION 7

Version 7, a major revision of our software, was released at the 2008 SPA annual conference on our 20th anniversary. Version 7 retains all features of Version 6 and adds the following (click on each item for details or look for the red asterisks in the listings below):

~ Choice of using Exner’s 2001 norm group of 600 or his 2005 norm group of 450 adults

~ Smart Scoring Summary

~ Automatic Updates

~ Scoring Search

~ Research update

~ Vista and Windows 7 compatible and redesigned help system

~ Numerous minor improvements have been made based on users’ suggestions to increase ease of use (e.g., selected Areas on the inkblot graphics are now displayed only in red for easier identification, Pair and Pop are now buttons instead of checkboxes, the Primer window now has its own menu, etc.)

If you are familiar with Version 6 and want to read only about Version 7’s major additions, look below for the items marked by a red asterisk *

Here are just some of the program’s unique features.
You can click for each or keep scrolling for all…


Reports Overview
   *New interpretations
      Exner’s Primer
         Changes in the Comprehensive System
            *Smart Scoring Summary

Five new scores
   Client Feedback Checklist
      Random-access, Point-and-Click coding
           Data Clusters
            *Scoring Search

*Inkblot Graphics
   *Expanded, revised help system
      Customizable FQ Table
          Database output

Printable SCORE-SCAN
   File naming, conversion
      Transcriber
          *Automatic Updates

Word/Topic search
   Easy Editing
      Notes
          *Choice of norm group

Style
   *Technical
      Download and FLASH versions

Peer Reviews (including the JPA review of Version 6)

Convinced? Ordering Information

bat    “And what is there about the bat
         that makes it look like a blot?”







Reports Overview

ROR-SCAN’s “Interpretive Scan“, its main narrative report, starts out with validity statements pointing out possible reliability problems with certain scores in the record along with their possible impact on interpretation. An overall orientation is next, with a brief preview of the Rorschach’s key findings (“QuickScan”). These lead to the “Priorities” section which suggests an appropriate interpretive search strategy following Exner’s recommended approach to validation of the findings. The main report follows in either a standardized sequence or in a prioritized sequence determined by Exner’s interpretive strategies (in which the more salient features are presented first). It generates 10 or more pages of interpretive narrative organized under 22 clinical headings. Listings of diagnostic clues and possible treatment issues are presented next. Finally, the Treatment section suggests some specific treatment targets and modalities when indicated by the data.

You can inspect the Sample Report for an illustration of a protocol but it presents results of only one set of data. The program can pick and choose from a library of over 1500 statements to allow for some very complex interpretive algorithms. Adjustments are made for all age-dependent scores from age 5 to adult. For the clinician, that means narrative that can describe a very wide variety of personalities and some very focussed and subtle features. Often, statements within a particular topic or “data cluster” are modified by considerations of variables from other topics, helping you begin to integrate the findings. The organization and topics shown in the sample report can remain consistent from report to report or they can be presented in the order determined by Exner’s interpretive search strategies. To facilitate your following the suggested interpretive strategy, with one click you can jump to any other topic. In addition, you can search for particular words throughout the report. And, you can inspect the scores leading to every sentence in the narrative (described under “Printable SCORE-SCAN”).

In addition to the Interpretive Scan, six other reports are available. The Sequence of Responses lists the scored responses and any Notes you may have added to the responses. The Scoring Summary displays the statistical data or Structural Summary. The detailed tabulations also show all clusters making up each of the six indices, indicating which clusters are positive and negative – all of this on one convenient page. The Client Feedback Checklist report is described below. Version 6 added the Primer (see below), a tremendous time-saver which helps you work through every Step in Exner’s new Primer. To assist with your own assembly of interpretive hypotheses is an optionally viewable Data Cluster window showing the raw data for scores organized under each of Exner’s 8 interpretive clusters. For use by researchers, ROR-SCAN also can generate two types of Data Files for direct import into database software. The program also includes a custom syntax file for SPSS. Any or all reports can be printed straight from ROR-SCAN (with color if your printer supports it) or you can copy narrative reports to your favorite word processor to edit and print from there. If you wish to preserve ROR-SCAN’s formatting, print the reports to PDF software and then print using that software. There are several free PDF software programs available on the Internet.

Reviewer comments (JPA comments are referenced as “5” or “6” to indicate which version is referred to):

“The ROR-SCAN report is refreshingly comprehensive and seemingly disparate scores are integrated in a meaningful and seamless fashion.” [JPA – 6]

“[The data clusters] will make ROR-SCAN much more friendly to those users used to reading RIAP output. [JPA – 6]

“[Referring to the database output] This innovation is a much-needed feature for Rorschach researchers tired of having to re-enter Rorschach data from reports.” [JPA – 6]

“The most impressive aspect of the interpretive material is a substantial focus on potential diagnostic considerations and treatment recommendations.” [JPA – 5]

“…an unbeatable program” [CIMH]

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*New interpretations

In keeping with ROR-SCAN’s tradition since its first DOS version in 1988, the program goes beyond familiar textbook material to include sound research findings from the published literature. The current Version 7 updates the program with new information since the 2001 release date of Version 6 up to Version 7’s release date. Minor automatic updates may add to that material. In addition, the program generates some hypotheses from conservative clinical inference as taught in various Rorschach Training Program® workshops and the former Rorschach Workshops®. If you have used RIAP(tm) and are familiar with its content, you are well-versed in what is in Exner’s and Weiner’s textbooks. ROR-SCAN considers that along with what else is available. New interpretive algorithms have been added, established ones have been fine-tuned to scan more variables, and the clarity and accuracy of its narrative have been improved in an attempt to resolve some of the apparent contradictions inevitably found in the Rorschach. ROR-SCAN is written in practical clinical language, using as little jargon as possible.

Reviewer comments:

“…the material generated by ROR-SCAN 5.0 is superior to many and is generally written in ‘experience-near’ real-world clinical language”. [JPA – 5]

“The interpretive statements provided by ROR-SCAN seem both useful and comprehensive.” “ROR-SCAN appears to go beyond the [named other] program…in providing interpretive statements culled from quite recent research as well as from the body of Dr. Exner’s research.” [CIMH]

User Comments:

“I want to say that I really liked your interpretations. Integrated and articulated very clearly.”
“…your interpretations are keen and on the mark.”

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Exner’s Primer

This is an important 3-way reporting tool that enables you to work with the Primer’s (Exner, 2000) cluster-by-cluster, step-by-step review of data, just as Exner presented it. Teachers and students find the Primer’s systematic approach to interpretation especially instructive and seasoned Rorschachers have much to gain from using Exner’s 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 solves the problem by giving you instant access to all positive “potential findings” from Exner’s Primer, calculated for every Step and every Cluster and presented to you in easy-to-access and concise narrative. You can select any or all Steps, see the precise data values which generate the positive findings, and get an explanation of how the step fits into the overall data analysis. You will want to use the Primer findings along with the Interpretive Scan to do the best possible job with the record. Here’s what it does:

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.

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.

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.

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

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Changes in the Comprehensive System

The software includes the Perceptual-Thinking Index (PTI) (while retaining the SCZI) and the revised Human Response Variable (HRV). GHR and PHR are automatically calculated for you. The 5th edition of the Workbook and recent Rorschach Training workshops clarified and changed explanations of how some scores should be coded and how some aspects of the Test should be administered. Explanations have been accordingly revised and added to ROR-SCAN’s huge Help system for coding criteria and test administration. Updates to ROR-SCAN and/or its Help system will be available as significant changes are made to the Comprehensive System, the software, or when sufficient new research becomes available.

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*Smart Scoring Summary

In both the Scoring Summary and the displays of data clusters, the program color codes the values to show how much scores with parametric distributions deviate from the expected norms. After selecting which norm group to use (2001 or 2005), click buttons in order to show deviations that are plus or minus two or three standard deviations from the mean – or view all levels of deviations at the same time. Scores with non-parametric distributions also are uniquely identified. In the picture below, the value of X-% (22) appears in purple, indicating that it is greater than two standard deviations above the mean for the client’s age group. The color key chart can be readily displayed to remind you of which color indicates which level of deviation. Values displayed in gray (S-% = 75 in the picture), indicate that norm data is not available for that variable. The smart scoring summary is a new ROR-SCAN feature that can quickly present you with some initial impressions of a person’s functioning.

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Five new non-CS scores

Actually, not so new, but not an official part of the CS. As a user option, you can code Gacono and Meloy’s Aggression categories, AgContent, AgPast, AgPotential, and SM (sado-masochism). They tend to measure more ego-syntonic aggression than the tension-producing aggression that Exner’s AG Special Score measures. Research with antisocial personality disorder warrants your trying out these experimental scores. The latest iteration of the Ego Impairment Index (EII-2) and GHR/PHR are calculated for you and are interpreted based on recent research. Other experimental indices such as the Riggs Suicide index and Holaday’s algorithm for Asperger Syndrome are included.

Reviewer comments:

“[With these scores], ROR-SCAN stays in keeping with the “cutting edge” of Rorschach technology and research.” [JPA – 6]

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Client Feedback Checklist

ROR-SCAN was the first to introduce the Client Feedback Checklist, an instrument designed to both give feedback to the client and get feedback from the client. It is a short listing in simple lay language of the main test findings that you and your client can discuss together to launch and structure the feedback session(s). Using a 5-point scale, it solicits the client’s agreement or disagreement about the findings and opens the door to interactive dialog. Statements are presented within topics. Topic names which can be misinterpreted are introduced by simple explanations. Use of the checklist can lead to better understanding, planning, and joint formulation of goals. It also lends itself to research examining Rorschach generated hypotheses and patients’ perceptions of self and symptoms. V6 has simplified many of the interpretive statements.

Example:

1  2  ?  4  5  Because you see the world and the people in it as very aggressive or threatening, you may also feel and act angry and aggressive.

Reviewer comments:

“This is an excellent innovation in computer-generated reports as it gives the client the opportunity to refute or agree with the test interpretation.” [JPA]

“A client feedback section is included which I expect to use frequently” [CIMH]

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Random-access, Point-and-Click coding

No more lock-step typing out of scores (first type the Location, then the DQ, then the Area number, then the Determinants separated by a period, then the… ) Your mouse and ROR-SCAN let you code a response more like how you think when you read a response. Enter scores as they occur to you, in any order you please. Point-and-ClickIf the first thing you notice is that there is a DR1, click the DR1 button. If you then notice a Pair, click it. All possible scores are displayed for easy access and to remind you that the scores exist. The coding screen also displays a pop-up list of Populars and does automatic Z-value coding. If you click for Help with a score and change your mind about it, click it again and it is removed.

Regardless of the order in which you enter scores, the program displays them on-screen in the traditional order and error-checks the response scoring to make sure you used CS rules of syntax. All errors and unusual coding trigger precise messages and offer specific help about coding criteria. If you prefer, ROR-SCAN will also accept your typing out the coded response in a string, on the keyboard, in the old lock-step way, useful if you’ve scored responses away from the computer and written them down on paper – but not nearly as much fun. Here is a picture of the full coding screen. Although it looks complex in this small shot, the layout enables easy, fast, and intuitive data entry.

The lower left portion of the screen currently shows that the FC and FMa Determinant buttons have been clicked. The FQ Table, Contents, and Special Scores are displayed when their corresponding tabs are clicked. The rectangles toward the top of the screen show each coding category. As scores are selected within each category, the boxes become shaded dark gray to help you keep track of your progress. Pair and Pop Scores were not coded in this response. As a score is entered, it is placed in its proper position within the response string, as seen in the red response string just below the boxes. The “Note” line lets you enter whatever you want to keep track of for later review.

Response 18 on Card X has been completely coded and the examiner may either enter another response or click the Reports tab to generate all of the software’s reports.

Reviewer comments:

“Protocol data entry is efficient and easy to understand.” [JPA – 5]

“…the [data entry] screen is very well laid out and quite easy to use.” [CIMH]

User comments:

“…the visual layout is superb…”
“I’ve coded my first Rorschach with your program and I was thrilled with how easy it was — very intuitive. The buttons are a great idea and are significantly faster than typing. I really like not having to do it “in order.”

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Data Clusters

V6 can display the data grouped by interpretively related clusters (Affect, Controls, etc.) so you can easily track data specific to the clusters. Data for each cluster is selected by clicking the mouse and can be displayed while you are review 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. Pictured below is the Ideation cluster displayed while part of the Scoring Summary is shown 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 being scrollable and resizable. The Primer 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.

*Scoring Search

Version 7 introduces the Scoring Search, another ROR-SCAN first. When displaying the Sequence of Responses, the program lets you highlight responses that contain any combination or pattern of scores you select. The quick identification of all responses that match your selected criteria lets you easily see other scores that may be associated with your search criteria. This also can aid in interpretation and sequence analysis.

As is illustrated in the picture below, we wanted to find out if there was more we might learn from the Test about interpersonal problems. In this particular search, we decided to look for all responses that have the combination of active or passive Human Movement with poor Form Quality and a Pair coding. You can see that we entered those scores along the bottom of the sequence of responses. The search highlighted Response 14 in a red font because it completely matched all of our search criteria; responses that contain either an Ma or an Mp Determinant, plus an FQ- score plus a Pair score. Of interpretive interest is that Response 14 also includes an AG and a DR1 Special Score and it also has two Aggressive Content scores, AgC (C) and AgPast (Pa). In addition, a revealing Note was attached to the response. Depending on additional findings, the fact that this pattern was not elicited on a Color card also may have some significance. The response we found suggests that we should consider that our client’s interpersonal relationships may be strongly associated with anger, hurt, and frustration and we should look for further corroborating evidence in the record and elsewhere. Search criteria can be made as sophisticated or simple as you wish by use of the “Any” and “All” buttons that stipulate whether the search should include all of your selected scores or any of them.

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*Inkblot Graphics

It’s a natural for a Windows program – code the Location and Area number for any blot area just by pointing at it with your mouse and clicking. One click and the Area lights up in red, the Location is scored, and so is the Area number. Since you don’t have to look up Area numbers, it saves time, the display makes it easier to visualize the response while coding, and, for an inkblot aficionado, it’s actually fun. Even more helpful, if you use the inkblot graphics in combination with your customized FQ Tables (see below), you can enter three scores with one mouse click – the Location, Area number, and the FQ value for that Content.

Here, the cursor, shown as a pointing hand, is simultaneously over four overlapping areas that are listed in the gray box; D3 Dd31 D4 and Dd24. If you continue to left-click the mouse, any one of those four areas can be selected. The selected area will “light up” in red (Version 7 uses red only to make it easier to quickly find the selected areas). The left-hand panel lists the currently selected Area, in this case, Dd31.

Reviewer comments:

“Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of using ROR-SCAN is the use of graphics for inputting scores.” “…not only helpful but also a fun way of entering data.” [CIMH]

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*Expanded, revised help system

Version 7’s help system has been rewritten in the familiar browser style that is compatible with Windows 7, Windows Vista and earlier Windows operating systems. It now includes more pictures to help explain various features. ROR-SCAN has always provided context-sensitive help for all coding criteria (with examples), guidelines for conducting a proper Inquiry, and hints about test administration. In JPA‘s 1992 review of Version 3, Schlosser & Tower called it “software that teaches”. Just place the mouse over almost anything on the screen, click the right mouse button (or press F1) and the Help system will tell you what you want to know about either the CS or operation of the software itself. Look up any topic, do key word or word searches, print out topics, or create a list of “favorite” help pages for instant reference. The more you refer to coding Help, the more reliable and accurate your structural data will be – a prime requirement for generating on-target reports. And for people just learning the System, it is a reliable standby assistant.

Reviewer comments:

“Technical and scoring help are excellent” “Comprehensive System variables are well defined and many examples are provided.” “The program helped us to make the right scoring decisions (DQ, Z, P, etc.) and in many instances did not allow us to make mistakes! [JPA – 5]

“In many ways, the most helpful feature of ROR-SCAN 6 is the extensive Help system. [JPA – 6]

“The on-line assistance is in many ways comparable to having the fourth edition of the Rorschach Workbook in front of you as you score.” [CIMH]

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Customizable FQ Table

Another ROR-SCAN “first”, this feature lets you build your own FQ Table. You can enter into it new or frequent Content for any Area. That means if you have carefully extrapolated from Exner’s FQ Tables that you should code FQo if a person sees “a goblin” in the D3 area of Card IX, then you can enter it into your table – the content “goblin”, the FQo, and even the card orientation. Then, next Halloween when someone sees a goblin in D3 of Card IX, let the table search for “goblin” and with just a double-click on the word “goblin”, the program enters the Location, Area number, and FQ value for that Content (and lights up the goblin on Card IX as well). No wasted time extrapolating the same Content again. Not having to thumb through the Workbook or FQ Pocket Guide repeatedly is a time-saver in addition to being just plain convenient! When you have a multiple Area response, you can easily inspect the FQ values of Areas other than the one coded for the response. The complete FQ tables are copyrighted but can be readily obtained for personal use from sources on the Internet.

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Database output

Two types of database files can be generated in text format. 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 is an optional blank field in which to enter an experimental variable. A printable data map showing the rows and columns used for each variable is included in the Help system. 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 import data into your own statistics program. The software 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.

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Printable SCORE-SCAN

Score-ScanThis is our unique innovative technology that enables you to see which scores were scanned to generate each sentence in the Interpretive Scan or the Client Feedback Checklist. Users continue to tell us how much they value this feature. Run the cursor over any sentence you are curious about, and the variables on which it is based are immediately displayed in the “Contributing scores” window, as shown on the left. That helps you better understand why the hypothesis was triggered. Many people have wanted to be able to also print those scores, so ROR-SCAN allows that with its optional footnote referencing, helpful for both validating and modifying your inferences. Disclosure of the underlying scores takes the “mystery” out of why the hypotheses are selected. It is an excellent teaching device to illustrate how various scores contribute deeper or altered meaning to many dimensions of the personality.

Reviewer comments:

“..will be of great benefit to students learning the basics of generating interpretive statements.” [JPA – 5]

“…one of the most useful and innovative tools of the ROR-SCAN programs.” [JPA – 6]

User Comments:

“The feature I like best so far is the ease with which I can find the scores on which interpretative statements are based.”

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File naming, conversion

The program can automatically assign unique file names to your files or you can name them yourself. V7 converts V3, V4, V5, and V6 ROR-SCAN files in case you want to see whether additional material can be inferred. You can also import and automatically convert RIAP3(tm) or RIAP3Plus(tm) (but not RIAP4) files into ROR-SCAN files. That keeps you from having to re-enter scores if you want to compare ROR-SCAN’s output with that from a RIAP3 file.

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Transcriber

With this feature, another unique one, you can type out the “Free Associations” and Inquiry either copying from your hand-written transcription or as the client speaks – type directly into the program. Then, later, view or print the transcript to look at as you code and interpret the record. The typed transcript is stored with the record so you can retrieve it when you pull up the file. If you are a touch typist and like to type instead of scribble, this makes it easier. The Transcriber also supplies shortcut keys that insert commonly-used phrases into both the Free Association and the Inquiry.

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*Automatic Updates

If your computer can connect to the Internet, ROR-SCAN automatically checks to see if there is a newer version of the software available. If there is, it asks (in the language your computer is set to use) if you want to automatically download and install the update. In this way, you can be sure of always having the latest version. There is no need to check our website or to laboriously install the correct update patches in the old way. As usual, updates of major versions are free. They will include new and significant research findings and possible modifications of the software.

Word/Topic search

When reading the reports on-screen, use word search to find all instances of the words you are looking for or click a button to jump to a particular clinical topic or section of the report. On the subject of reading, you can enlarge the screen font so you don’t get eyestrain reading tiny font on your laptop’s screen. The font size also can be changed for printing the reports.

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Easy Editing

Sometimes we make mistrakes and need to move an entire coded response to a completely different Card, change some scores after finishing with a response, delete the response entirely, or insert a response we forgot to include. None of that is a problem with ROR-SCAN’s Editor capabilities. It’s easy to use and very flexible.

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Notes

Click on the Notes field to write whatever you wish about any response. You can record multiple Area numbers, specify Idiographic Content, keep track of interpretive ideas or uncertain scoring, make a note about the client’s non-verbal behavior or comments, or code other variables of your choosing. Each note appears directly under its associated response. Your notes are displayed on-screen and printing them after each response in the Sequence of Responses is optional.

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*Choice of norm groups

Another ROR-SCAN innovation lets you choose with one click whether you want to use Exner’s 2001 norm group of 600 or his 2005 norm group of 450 adults. Make your selection and the program instantly bases all of its reports on the norms of your choice. Variables that Exner and Erdberg considered to be significantly different in the new sample are listed in Exner and Erdberg Advanced Interpretation, Volume 2, 3rd Edition. Although 14 items in the newer sample showed a significant change from the older sample, the authors felt that only a few of them (Afr, S, X+%, Xu%, X-%) justified making changes in the interpretive guidelines. To incorporate those changes in the software, the new cutoff values are used when the 2005 sample is selected.

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Style

In addition to the clinical style in its Interpretive Scan, the lay language style in its Client Feedback Checklist, the intuitive style of inputting scores, and the organized style of its data entry screen, the software also has a subtle sense of humor – better experienced than described.

Reviewer comments:

“Under the list of ‘intangibles’, the ROR-SCAN program even has a sense of humor….Perhaps frivolous to some, but in our opinion nice breaks from the monotony of data entry.” [JPA]

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*Technical

You don’t need to know much about computers to use the program – lots of clearly marked buttons and help hints popping up all over (which you can turn off). And there are two tutorials to get you started! The flash drive version requires no installation of software or authorization (license).

All reports can be scrolled by using the mousewheel in addition to using the standard vertical scrollbar. Window “Persistence” has been added to most of the program’s windows. This means that after 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 remembers your user options so you don’t need to reset them.

ROR-SCAN, V5, was the
first Windows Rorschach software for the Comprehensive System. The much improved V7 runs on Windows 2000, NT, ME, XP, Vista, and Windows 7. Windows 2000PRO presents a very minor programming incompatibility which keeps a few of the blot area displays from “lighting up”, although all blot areas can easily be coded. Version 7 does NOT run on Windows 3.xx or Windows 98.

Mac users can run the program on a Mac by installing Windows-emulation software such as VMWare Fusion, Parallels, or BootCamp and either Windows XP or Windows 7. You may find that it less expensive and of a hassle to just buy a low end Windows netbook (less than $300) to run ROR-SCAN and any other Windows software.

A special version is available for installation to a traditional (but not a virtual) network (LAN). The software allows for unlimited use: you can use it an unlimited number of times with no “per-use” charges. With downloaded versions, the authorization can be moved easily between computers and additional authorizations can be purchased and installed by email. With the flash drive version, the program is pre-installed and pre-authorized on the flash drive itself, so no installation is necessary and you can run the program by simply plugging the flash drive into a USB port. The Help system is not copy-protected and can be used independent of the program if you want to use it “standalone” for scoring help.

The program is fast, uses less than 10 Mb of hard disk space if installed on your hard drive, and 16 Mb of RAM is more than sufficient. Displays resize for any size monitor with resolutions from 600 by 800 and up. If you want to make full use of the inkblot graphics and Smart Scoring Summary, you should have a color monitor and a mouse or trackball pointing device. Unlimited, free technical support by the psychologist who develops and writes the software is available by e-mail.

Reviewer comments:

“The program ran smoothly and quickly, and the interface is intuitive and user-friendly” “For anyone who is mildly (or substantially) computer phobic, fear not, the ROR-SCAN 5.0 was exceptionally easy to operate. At many times during our test trials it seemed as though the program was ‘taking care’ of us!” [JPA – 5]

“The program is a joy to install. From the package, the program was up and running within five minutes.” “My experience has been that the author responds promptly to any messages or requests for assistance.” “Although I made concerted efforts to provide scores that are not acceptable in the CS, ROR-SCAN would not allow me to do this.” [CIMH]

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Download and FLASH Versions

ROR-SCAN is a copy-protected program offered in two formats. The one we strongly recommend is the flash drive version, ROR-SCAN FLASH because it offers many important advantages over the download version. It is an innovation that offers our software pre-installed and pre-authorized on a miniature flash drive, sometimes called a “jump” or “thumb” drive. The flash drive simply plugs into any PC that has a USB port and the program runs straight from the flash drive rather than from an installation on your computer’s hard drive. Thus, with ROR-SCAN FLASH no diskette drive or CD drive is needed to run ROR-SCAN and you need not connect to the Internet to activate the flash drive. Flash drive upgrades and updates do require use of the Internet. Additional benefits of the flash drive are that the program is totally “portable”, you can choose to save your Rorschach records directly on the flash drive or you can store them elsewhere, and because the program’s authorization stays on the flash drive, it is not vulnerable to hard drive crashes, and other computer problems. Unplug it after each use to minimize potential exposure to a destructive virus attack.

The download version requires “activation” using the Internet and an Activation Code you can purchase from us. Because the program can be automatically de-activated and re-activated, you can install the software on as many computers as you wish and then activate the program on whichever computer you want to use. You can activate more than one computer at the same time only if you purchase more than one activation (we can modify your Activation Code). The main disadvantage of the download version is that the activation can be lost if there is a hard drive malfunction. For that reason, it is best to de-activate the program after each use, thereby keeping the activation stored safely on our server and ready to activate your installation again at any time. The main advantage is the elimination of high shipping costs and customs fees to some countries. If you have any questions about how download activation and deactivation works, please send us an email. See Ordering Information when you are ready to order either version.

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Peer Reviews

A review of the current Version 6, entitled ROR-SCAN 6: Rorschach Scoring for the 21st Century, by Steven R. Smith and Mark J. Hilsenroth, appears in the Journal of Personality Assessment, 80(1), 108-110. The review concludes, “ROR-SCAN 6 improves and streamlines Version 5, making it, by far, the program of choice for graduate students and seasoned Rorschachers alike.”

Prior to Version 5, the software had acquired 5 positive peer reviews and a loyal and growing group of Rorschachers. Version 5 added two more positive reviews and an increasing number of enthusiastic users. Chris Scheaffer’s review of V5 appeared on the no longer available web site
Computers in Mental Health, but you can read Dr. Scheaffer’s review in an RTF file. To download the file, click here. He calls V5 “an unbeatable program” and one that “should belong to all who use the Comprehensive System of the Rorschach.”

The second review of V5, by J. Hilsenroth and Steven R. Smith, appears in the Journal of Personality Assessment, 71(3), 440-444. Their concluding paragraph says:

“In summary, ROR-SCAN Version 5.0 is an excellent resource for any clinician utilizing the Exner comprehensive scoring system in a practice setting…we would also consider ROR-SCAN 5.0 to be the Rorschach computer scoring program of choice for graduate students as well as for those clinicians who desire continuing education or assistance in their coding.”

(Excerpts from reviews quoted in sections of the preceding Software Tour are referenced as [CIMH] and [JPA].)

Just a small sampling of User Comments (all unsolicited and spontaneous):

“I just love the program, it is everything you said it would be.”
“I just printed my first ROR-SCAN report!!! It was thrilling, the whole thing.”
“It really is quite amazing — and it has saved me all the hours on the structural summaries that I thought it would. Am I cheating by using this? There must be some downside to something so convenient.”
“Thanks for such a wonderful product, Phil. And congratulations on what you’ve done.”
“IT CHANGES THE STATE OF THE ART.”
“The interpretation was impressive, the coding attributions a nice touch. I’d say I got my money’s worth.”
“…the look is SPECTACULAR!”
“I’m really impressed!!!”
“I’ve spent less than 10 minutes with it, but I’m simply overwhelmed by what a marvelous program you’ve created.”
“Loaded the program yesterday, it is indeed everything it was billed to be.”
“How you have been able to make an intuitive interface within the windows environment is a wonder. Can you tell I prefer Macs?”
“I just hired a new psychologist, and she, too, knew only RIAP – came out raving after doing the data entry. It’s the ease of data entry, the at-your-fingertips scoring help, the ability to read an interpretation and see what data generated it, all of these things!”
“The Ror-Scan is brilliant. I infinitely prefer it to the RIAP (which I have used for years).”
“Ror-Scan rocks.”

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Ordering Information

Qualifying information: ROR-SCAN software is intended for professional use and only by qualified persons or institutions. Responsible use and application of psychological test materials requires specialized training and is governed by legal and ethical rules and guidelines. The Order Form requests certain information we need to pre-qualify your purchase of the software.

Pricing: For pricing information, click here.

To order: To order, you must fax or mail us a completed Order Form. Sending credit card information by email is not safe. Indicate on the order form which version you wish to order. Click here to learn how to order and how to get an Order Form. If you have any questions about ordering options or about the program, please contact us by sending an email to <rorscan@sbcglobal.net>.

Shipping: All national shipping is by UPS 2nd Day Air unless requested otherwise. UPS does not ship to a post office box and they require the recipient’s telephone number. For international shipping, we use FedEx. If shipping costs change significantly with either carier, our selection of courier may change.

Return privileges: If you are not happy with the software for any reason within 30 days of delivery, your purchase price will be refunded (less any shipping and handling fee). You must first obtain return permission from ROR-SCAN. For the download version you must follow instructions to remove the software’s activation from your computer. Alterations or damage to the flash drive may disqualify your return privilege.

Warranty: If your flash drive fails due to defect during the first year after purchase (which is the most likely time period for such failures), the flash drive will be repaired or replaced at our option. After that time period, if we can not fix the problem for free by email, we may offer to fix, replace, or upgrade the product at a lower price, depending on your product’s age. Although we will do our best to help, we can not always repair or replace a flash drive or a downloaded version of a non-current version of our software due to the predictable changes in copy protection and hardware technology from one version to another.


To contact ROR-SCAN:

– by email: <rorscan@sbcglobal.net> If you do not receive a prompt reply, please follow up with a fax. It is possible that your server has blocked our email reply or that we did not receive your email.

– by fax: Dial
(405) 341-9132 (in the U.S.A.) and press your fax machine’s Start button. If you need to look up the international access number, click on the following link (it will open in a new page of your browser.):

Please notify us by email if you have sent a fax. Sometimes faxes fail or are illegible, resulting in our not being able to contact the sender. Make sure your incoming mail will not block our reply.

by postal mail:

ROR-SCAN
7400 Arbor Valley Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma 73025
U.S.A.


ROR-SCAN and associated materials are copyright © 1988-2008 by Philip F. Caracena. All rights reserved, worldwide.
We reserve the right to change software specifications and prices without notice.
Windows, Mac, Rorschach, Rorschach Workshops, and RIAP, RIAP3, and RIAP3Plus are registered trademarks or copyrights of their respective companies.

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