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Version Index
      Version 6.00 (04/19/10)
Version 5.90 (02/05/10) Version 5.80 (10/27/09) Version 5.70 (10/15/09) Version 5.60 (08/31/09)
Version 5.50 (07/30/09) Version 5.40 (06/17/09) Version 5.30 (05/05/09) Version 5.20 (04/08/09)
Version 5.10 (03/18/09) Version 5.00 (02/02/09) Version 4.90 (11/05/08) Version 4.80 (10/08/08)
Version 4.70 (08/17/08) Version 4.60 (08/08/08) Version 4.50 (06/09/08) Version 4.40 (05/08/08)
Version 4.30 (03/05/08) Version 4.20 (11/08/07) Version 4.10 (09/12/07) Version 4.00 (02/19/07)
Version 3.9x (07/06/06) Version 3.80 (12/14/05) Version 3.70 (11/09/05) Version 3.60 (09/16/05)
Version 3.50 (08/14/05) Version 3.40 (06/24/05) Version 3.30 (05/09/05) Version 3.20 (04/01/05)
Version 3.10 (12/22/04) Version 3.00 (08/27/04) Version 2.85/2.90 (04/06/04) Version 2.80 (01/21/04)
Version 2.70 (10/13/03) Version 2.60 (09/04/03) Version 2.50 Version 2.40
Version 2.30 Version 2.20 Version 2.15 Version 2.14
Version 2.13 (09/26/02) Version 1.00 (08/12/01) RC 2 (12/19/00) RC 1 (09/26/00)

What's New In Version 6.00 (19 April 2010)

  • External processing has been extended to the trial events set in each condition/task (start/end of recording, start/end of stimuli, successful/incorrect targets, etc.).
  • Added Getting-Started Videos window to give users a quick link to tutorial videos. By default, this window opens with each start of MovAlyzeR®, but can be set to not open on startup.
  • Example experiments improved. New industry-specific examples have been added.
  • Sample MATLAB® scripts for external processing added to the new sample experiment: MAT.
  • Any PNG, JPG, BMP, GIF and PCX handwriting image can now be processed.
  • Added the latest skins, including Office 2010 in three colors, with new button and toolbar styles.
  • The licensing interface has been simplified and improved.

What's New In Version 5.90 (05 February 2010)

  • MovAlyzeR® and MovAlyzeRx™ can now be run side-by-side with the same user.
  • Linearity testing has been significantly improved, particularly for missing sample estimation.
  • Line thickness is now customizable for running experiments in both MovAlyzeR® and MovAlyzeRx™.
  • Automatic database repair has been added for tables that become corrupted over time.
  • MovAlyzeRx™ has a new option to choose between displaying or not displaying all windows (test, task, etc.) when a new patient is selected in the patient list window.
  • MovAlyzeRx™ also has another new option to choose to initially show or not show patients in the list until filtered by typing. This is a security measure to help increase privacy.

What's New In Version 5.80 (27 October 2009)

  • MovAlyzeR® can now be installed on any supported Microsoft Windows operating system in any language.
  • The Device Setup Wizard has been significantly improved for increased ease in understanding.
  • An increase in warnings for adding data to the example user (UU1) has been added in order to assist in ensuring users do not add data that be lost with new installations.

What's New In Version 5.70 (15 October 2009)

  • Users now have the option to remove the trailing pen lift during trial processing (which is ON by default). This can be particularly useful during word extraction analysis. The setting can be found in the experiment properties -> Processing -> Time Functions.
  • The sequence of conditions now can be manually set to a specified order, giving the user full control over the sequence of tasks. This option can be found in the experiment properties -> Running Experiment -> Procedure.
  • Multiple conditions can now be generated in one step. After selecting a template condition, users can specify how many conditions to generate with duplicate settings of the template condition. This is particularly useful in generating word-extraction conditions for words 2-n (assuming the template condition is for word 1). This option can be found by right-clicking a condition -> Generate Multiple Conditions.
  • Discontinuities are now extracted to individual DIS files corresponding to the HWR files that are created during word extraction. This enables proper discontinuity detection for word-extraction experiments, where the recorded trial can have a recording up to 1800 seconds. This is not a new option, it occurs automatically.
  • A new system has been established to assist in identifying causes of abnormal terminations. If a user experiences an unexpected termination of MovAlyzeR®, the next time the software is run, MovAlyzeR® will detect it, inquire about the series of events that lead to the termination, and prompt the user to submit the information to the development team.
  • Experiment and condition settings can now be quickly identified as deviating from the default values. When visiting the experiment or condition properties, you will notice an orange highlight (or text) for those settings that do not match the default settings.
  • You can validate the integrity of your experiment and condition settings via experiment -> Validate Experiment Settings. This validation will include all conditions of that experiment and notify you of any settings that are out of range or invalid. This will enable you to ensure your experiments will run as expected and help you to identify any problems with imported experiments.
  • The application help (F1 or menu: Help->Application Help) is now opened as a separate window. This produces an additional window in the task bar and allows you to ALT + TAB between MovAlyzeR® and the help.
  • New sample experiments have been added.

What's New In Version 5.60 (31 August 2009)

  • Matlab® (ver 2007+) and other external application processing can now be done from within MovAlyzeR®. After all processing steps, an external application script can be executed on the raw, time-function, segment, and extracted data. Go to experiment properties -> Processing -> External Apps. Matlab scripts (.M) and batch files (.BAT) are currently supported. Macro expansions are available for Matlab scripts (please, see Help for details).
  • Data Import Wizard now supports column selection and ordering, line skipping, and delimiter selection (comma, space, tab) for CSV files to import.
  • New Office 2010, Visual Studio 2010, and Scenic themes available. Go to View -> Application Look to check them out.
  • Instructions now have a default character size of 24 points for increased legibility. Go to experiment and condition properties to edit your instructions.
  • Hint added to condition properties indicating how to set how the condition instructions are used during an experiment.

What's New In Version 5.50 (30 July 2009)

  • The accuracy of the reported sampling rate in the recording window has been improved. It was previously reporting a sampling rate 2-3 Hz in excess of the hardware's capacity.
  • Gain and rotation transformations during recording are now are now around the first recorded sample of a trial instead of the first pen-down sample.
  • "Rapid View" has been renamed to "Detailed Output". To optimize processing speeds, switch "Detailed Output" off.
  • "Detailed Output" and "Logging" have been removed from the toolbar, since they were already prominently present in the lower-right status bar.
  • Detailed Output and Logging are now off by default. They can be switched on during most processes.
  • The speed of summarizing an experiment has been increased on average by 70%!
  • Consistency checking while summarizing is now only done if the user specifies that the consistency settings have been altered.
  • Missing data handling while summarizing has been improved, including the addition of the output of missing strokes.
  • All operations deleting/removing raw data files now send files to the Recycle Bin to further ensure data safety.
  • Drag and drop of files has been extended to support multiple files and importing of other raw data.
  • The Data Import Wizard now supports importing multiple CSV files at once where the file name ends with at least two numerals.
  • The Device Setup Wizard now displays the physical device of all input types when acquiring the settings.
  • Stimulus elements that are animations now share the same positioning logic as elements using raw data patterns. This allows for animated tracing of raw data patterns.
  • The maximum recording time for a trial has been increased to 30 minutes (1800 seconds).
  • Processing output files are now displayed like other data in the tabular data window and can be opened in Excel from MovAlyzeR®.

What's New In Version 5.40 (17 June 2009)

  • Automatic processing and display of dropped (drag-and-drop) recording (HWR) and image (PCX) files.
  • Experiments can now be duplicated. Right-click an experiment and select "Duplicate..." from the drop-down menu. The experiment, its conditions, groups and subjects will all be copied to a new experiment. Trials are not duplicated.
  • Online Updater significantly improved including the ability of the updater to update itself (Help->Check for Updates...).
  • You can now exclude strokes with or without pen-lifts based upon a relative pen-down duration threshold while summarizing (Experiment->Summarize->Settings).
  • The number of collapsed trials/strokes is now presented in the output while collapsing during summarize.
  • Number of Strokes per trial is now calculated and presented during extraction.
  • You can now exit MovAlyzeR® without having the system remember and reload the last user (File-> Exit - No Last User).
  • Stimuli elements using raw data patterns now draw the first point of the pattern at the center point of the element.
  • Stimuli elements can now be used for drawing lines by specifying a 0 width (vertical line) or a 0 height (horizontal line).
  • Stimuli elements that are shapes are now drawn such that all lines and fill color are completely within the bounding rectangle. This will help improve the accuracy as targets.
  • Image processing has been enhanced for more accurate pattern extraction and legibility.
  • Knowledge of Results has been improved by centering, enlarging and including additional, pertinent information (Condition->Properties->Knowledge of Results).
  • Word extraction has been significantly improved and, now, includes a WRD file with the word extraction summary accessible from the trial sub-menu and charts.
  • Chronological sorting of trials has been extended to milliseconds for improved accuracy.
  • The MovAlyzeR® Suite database engine has been upgraded to the latest version for improved speed.
  • Trials are now active for 30 days.

What's New In Version 5.30 (05 May 2009)

  • Stimulus Editor: New and improved edition!
  • Multiple elements and targets can be selected simultaneously in order to move them as a group.
  • Selected elements and targets can now be moved using the keyboard's arrow keys. Each press of an arrow key will move an element 0.1 centimeters (cm) according to the mapping of your tablet dimensions. Holding the SHIFT key down while pressing an arrow key will move the element 0.5 cm. Holding the CONTROL (CTRL) key down will result in a movement of 2.0 cm. Multiple elements can be moved simultaneously.
  • You can now edit and visualize all 3 states of elements/targets: Main/Initial, successfully reached, and unsuccessfully reached. To change the state with which you are viewing or editing, select it from the drop-down at the top of the properties window.
  • Exporting now uses the same technology and methodology as MovAlyzeR®, assisting managing overwriting existing stimuli and elements.
  • The Y-axis has been inverted to match that of digitizers and MovAlyzeR®.
  • The scaling accuracy is now within ± 1 mm.
  • The grid guide has been enhanced for easier viewing and aligning of elements.
  • Target sequence can now be defined. To define the sequence, select MENU: Action -> Target Sequence or right-click a stimulus and select Target Sequence from the popup menu.
  • You can now open an existing MovAlyzeR® user to view all stimuli and elements/targets contained within that user. To open a user, select MENU: File -> Open -> Open User. Stimuli opened from a user can be directly saved to that user's database for immediate usage in MovAlyzeR®.
  • The Stimulus Editor can now be accessed directly from within a condition's stimulus properties page.
  • Images of image experiments can, now, be printed and converted to another image type from the control menu of the image viewer. To view the image in the image viewer, you would double click \ an image trial or right-click and select Chart -> Chart Raw/Processed Image. The control menu is accessed from the icon in the upper left corner of the image viewer.
  • Segmentation points are now moved to the nearest absolute velocity minima. Prior to version 5.3, some segmentation points were incorrectly moved. You will need to reprocess your data to verify the results.

What's New In Version 5.20 (08 Apr 2009)

  • Image experiment added to sample user.
  • Schizophrenia handwriting experiment added to sample user.
  • Example experiments have been thoroughly updated and are comprehensive. Each experiment has at least one subject with a complete set of data and one empty subject where the user can begin recording immediately.
  • Analysis graph interface changed to ease navigation of features.
  • Experiment attachments are now shown in the tree view (left view) for quick perusal in addition to the experiment properties.
  • MovAlyzeRx™ now includes UU1 sample user with sample experiments.
  • Tutorial videos are now available on our webiste (see http://www.neuroscript.net/movalyzer.php).

What's New In Version 5.10 (18 Mar 2009)

  • Stimulus element images are now stored in a central repository and are included with exports/imports.
  • Condition event sounds are now stored in a central repository and are included with exports/imports.
  • Maximum pen pressure added to experiments.
  • Discontinuity checking and reporting improvements
  • Discontinuities during the trailing pen lift do not signal a discontinuous trial. Consistency checking will no longer discard such trials.
  • Option for notification of discontinuity during recording added to experiments.
  • There is now only one device setup (wizard) - it is no longer part of user properties.
  • Windows cursor changes including hiding of cursor when recording with tablet to eliminate dual cursors in certain situations.
  • After exporting, the user can now choose to immediately open a folder to the export file.
  • Image processing settings added to experiment.
  • MovAlyzeR® Quick Reference added.
  • Attachments can now be added to experiments. These attachments can then be exported with the experiment for others to import.
  • Improved sample experiments.
  • Enhanced tutorial. The tutorial is now available as a PDF which can be printed.
  • Paypal added as a payment option for purchasing MovAlyzeR® Suite programs.
  • Experiment and condition instructions are now printable from within instruction dialog.
  • Warning added to inform user if input device has not been setup for the loaded user.
  • MovAlyzeRx™ now supports full screen while running experiments.
  • MovAlyzeRx™ now supports stimuli.
  • Baseline added to the the time function charts.

What's New In Version 5.00 (02 Feb 2009)

  • MovAlyzeRx™ patient-centered experiment and data analysis interface added to the MovAlyzeR® Suite: See File > MovAlyzeRx
  • Absolute velocity segmentation segments are now on every velocity dip. Option to move points to nearest pen-down point within a half-stroke duration. Points during pen lifts are removed. See Experiment > Properties > Processing > Segmentation
  • Discontinuity correction can be based on measured delays due to high pen lifts. See Trial >View Numerical Data >Discontinuity file.
  • Missing data value: See Experiment > Properties > General
  • Sub-movements included in test data generation: See File > Data Generate Wizard
  • Consistency error shown in each processed data chart: See Trial > Chart Data
  • Raw and processed data chart options combined into one "Action" menu: See Trial > Chart Data
  • User, site and date information added to each chart: See Trial > Chart Data
  • Segment annotations are customizable in processed data charts: See chart, Action > Annotations
  • The ID of a subject can be changed: See Subject > Properties
  • Importing experiments lists imported subjects with an option to process the imported raw data: See File > Import > Import Experiment
  • Remote Data Import Wizard: Specify the remote location to download, import and process: See File > Import > Remove Data Import Wizard
  • GripAlyzeR™ resets input device interface for each trial
  • GripAlyzeR™ checks consistency of the trials with the magnet force set in the condition properties: See Condition > Properties
  • Customize MovAlyzeR® Suite application colors: See View >Application Look >Customize
  • Extended trouble shooting screen when no data are recorded
  • Authorization Code Exchange dialog and purchase (Activation) dialog have been simplified
  • View subjects, extracted stroke features and questions to be excluded: See Experiment > Summarize
  • Charts can be extended while letter sizes remain constant: Double click trial and drag the left or right sides away

What's New In Version 4.90 (05 Nov 2008)

Running Experiments:

  • Pen tilt can now be recorded (only with devices that support it -- e.g. Wacom's Intuos 3). The option to record is an experiment setting, the default of which is OFF.
  • Additional hints added to settings dialogs to assist in quickly determining where other related settings exist, as well as what steps are necessary after changing settings.
  • Grip-force experiments have been improved.
  • The questionnaire has been improved to be more intuitive and time-efficient.

Import/Export:

  • Export files (for import) now have a new extension, MEF, to avoid confusion with ZIP files.
  • The overwrite dialog (for import conflicts) has been combined with the details dialog for quicker referencing of conflicting data properties.

User Interface:

  • Progress meters have been improved. As well, additional progress meters have been added to assist in determining how far along are lengthy processes.
  • The application splash screen (when starting MovAlyzeR®) now indicates the status of your application license and what products have been purchased and activated.
  • Trial "Quick Links" added. This allows you to add selected trials from various experiments to a quick-link folder in left view. Currently not persistent.

What's New In Version 4.80 (08 Oct 2008)

Running Experiments:

  • Knowledge of Results has been added to conditions/tasks. Two separate KR feedback are available per condition. If specified, the feedback is presented in the recording window after each trial and represents a specified segment of a selected feature between settable minimum and maximum values. Red, yellow, green color-coding is used to quickly indicate location within the range.
  • Summarization data-collapsing options added to the experiment settings. There are options to collapse all strokes OR collapse even/odd strokes AND/OR collapse trials using averages or medians.

Charting/Graphing:

  • Minimize and maximize are now available for the graph windows (NOTE: Minimizing will place the icon on the bottom of the desktop, not the application window nor desktop).
  • Spectral graphs have been enahanced with a larger viewable area.

User Interface:

  • Additional shortcuts added to the application. E.g. F10 for stop action or experiment.
  • Database update dialogs are now child windows of the application in order to avoid overlooking the messages.
  • Wizards are now skinned to match the application look.
  • Message boxes are now skinned to match the application look.
  • Leftview (tree structure) now has bolded folders to help better distinguish items.

What's New In Version 4.70 (17 Aug 2008)

Running Experiments:

  • Full-Screen option (sub-option of "Maximize") while running an experiment, where the menu, status bar and all toolbars are hidden, and all windows other than the recording window are hidden. The recording window, thus, nearly consumes the entire desktop.
  • Trial sequence file generated while running an experiment, regardless of randomization settings. For older experiments, this file is auto-generated (based on the chronological sequence of the raw data files) when needed. The sequence is accessible through the subject right-click menu.
  • Advanced settings pages in experiment properties now with a button to return to the associated basic settings page.

Charting/Graphing:

  • Left view (tree view) trial selection (highlight) now moves syncronously with charts when Next and Previous Trial buttons are used. As well, when switching between multiple chart windows, the associated trial is also selected in the tree view.
  • Chronological sequencing (Next/Previous) in processed (TF) data charts is now based upon the true chronological sequence of the raw data files.
  • "Chart All Raw Data" is now "Chart Selected Raw Data" allowing the user to choose which trials to be charted simultaneously in an overlay chart.

User Interface:

  • "Quick" buttons to the right of the status bar have been separated and contain new icons for easier isolation and recognition.

What's New In Version 4.60 (08 Aug 2008)

Running Experiments:

  • Condition sequencing option added to apply rules to randomization.
  • Option to run an experiment without overwriting subject device settings.

Processing:

  • Improved accuracy in feature extraction. 
  • Velocity scaling score added (View Related Articles).
  • Spectral analysis changed to include position, velocity and acceleration, both filtered and unfiltered.

Questionnaire:

  • Rapid answer input (spreadsheet) added with textual paste support (including data from MS Excel).

Summarization and Analysis:

  • Submovement analysis results are now on one line (MovAlyzeR only).
  • Subject sorting added.

Charts/Graphs:

  • Layout improvements: All action buttons are now grouped on top.
  • Line thickness enhancements.
  • X and Y axes are now individually selectable for processed data charts.
  • Additional spectral analysis charts added.

Import/Export:

  • Enhanced notifications for overwriting existing items while importing.
  • NICI data import added.

Application and User Interface:

  • Updated to the latest Microsoft libraries.
  • All dialogs are now skinned to match the application look.

What's New In Version 4.50 (09 Jun 2008)

  • Subject report enhanced and improved. 
  • Sampling rate & device resolution now always stored for each subject.
  • Summarization expanded to allow for increased feature sets.
  • "Clinical data" [questionnaire] can now be added to the summary and analysis.
  • Locale recognition added to Excel reports.
  • Gripper graphs enhanced.
  • Questionnaire now has a column header (for analysis) and can be designated numeric or alphanumeric.
  • Questionnaire questions/answers ("clinical data") can now be added to the summary and analysis.
  • Questionnaire report enhancements.

What's New In Version 4.40 (08 May 2008)

  • You can now view PCX, BMP, JPG, GIF and PNG files within MovAlyzeR®
  • Images (PCX) are now processed to forked PCX, HWR and EXT (features) files.
  • Handwriting image experiments are now supported.
  • The data import dialog allows for importing images (BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG, and PCX).
  • You can, now, drag-and-drop images to experiments and to view.
  • Dragging-and-dropping source files (HWR and FRD) to experiments is now supported.
  • Several wizards have been improved.
  • A new tabular data view using a gird now allows for viewing large files more quickly.
  • Gripper Task types added: (1) Standard task, (2) Repetitive Pressure Task, (3) Maximum Pressure Task.
  • Roadlength added to extraction features.

What's New In Version 4.30 (05 Mar 2008)

Running Experiments:

  • Subject Code can now have up to 25 characters 
  • User can define Site Code and Site Description which will be copied to subject properties
  • Automatic unique generation of up to 46000 different subject IDs with settable ranges per user
  • New search mechanism for ID/code/description with Find Next to allow for more flexibility in searches
  • Subject questionnaire fully functional and improved
  • Automatic detection when device not set for this user and start of Device Setup Wizard
  • Vary line thickness while recording based upon pen pressure

Import/Export:

  • Export/import use now 1 zip file which is encrypted & secure, no private info displayed. Old export files can still be imported 
  • Warning when import overwrites a subject used in another experiment with option to view associations
  • It is no longer necessary to respond for overwriting for exact duplicates when importing

Security:

  • Private subject information can be safely stored without known security leaks 
  • Fields displaying private information are yellow
  • Encryption of database and export files containing private data and passwords
  • Each subject carries a password that may differ from the user password for safe export of personal data
  • User & subject password recovery/restore service (fee-based)
  • Subject and user database signatures to distinguish original from copied data

Help:

  • Start page with quick links and search 

What's New In Version 4.20 (08 Nov 2007)

Import/Export:

  • Rapid-view is now remembered between sessions 
  • Reprocess trials changed to: (1) Reprocess ALL Trials - which will reprocess every trials for that subject or experiment and (2) Process NEW Trials - which will process only those trials that have yet to be processed
  • Redo trial now includes condition transformation and processing
  • Discontinuity (caused by pen lifts resulting in missed samples) is now checked and added as an option for consistency checking (Exp. properties->Processing->Consistency)
  • Run Experiment: When a trial fails consistency checking, the user is given the option to view a chart of the trial before redoing/accepting
  • Subject report improved with more information

Charts/Graphs:

  • Analysis chart: Subject sorting added 
  • Analysis chart: Checks for out of range data, informs user, and recommends offset/scaling
  • Charts: Visually changed to smaller buttons to improve appearance, reduce clutter, and increase room for more functionality
  • Charts: Added chart (image or data) export feature/button
  • Charts: Added consistency error checking feature/button
  • Charts: Added view extracted data feature/button
  • Charts: Added open identical chart feature/button
  • Charts: Added line thickness pick list
  • Charts: As Next/Previous trial is used, leftview scrolls to associated trial
  • Charts: Summary information (sample, stroke, etc.) improved to increase area for graph

User Interface:

  • Experiment/condition/subject/group Notes fields are now scrollable and with wrapping 
  • Import experiment now displays accurate available disk space
  • * removed as a reserved character. Can now be used for IDs and descriptions
  • MS Excel added as default report viewer (will use notepad if not available)
  • Tabular data view can now be shown in MS Excel if available
  • Added feedback for mouse when device settings are acquired
  • Experiment Settings: Added hyperlinks from processing pages to advanced pages
  • System tray icon added with menu and notifications

What's New In Version 4.10 (12 Sep 2007)

Import/Export:

  • Export - Wizard for multiple-subject export and automatic website (FTP) uploading (File -> Export Wizard or click Experiment Export Wizard toolbar button)
  • Import - Show database contents that will be altered by the import and enable user to decide whether to overwrite or not (File >Import >Experiment)

Charts/Graphs:

  • Chart settings for raw and processed charts are now remembered between charts (e.g., colors, line styles, etc.)

User Interface:

  • User Management - User icons show whether the data directories are compliant with Windows Vista (see help for a legend). Last user run opens automatically (File >Users)
  • Left tree-view item delimiters - Delimiter options with checks to ensure compatibility (File >Users >Properties >Settings)

What's New In Version 4.00 (19 Feb 2007)

Application:

  • Certified for Windows VISTA
  • New look and feel for the application that is customizable (not yet persistent)

User Interface:

  • User management improved with icons indicating access levels
  • Instruction control window cleaned up and now only contains the instruction
  • Improved icons for toolbars
  • More intuitive graphics for the left-view/tree items
  • Improved status bar with quick-access buttons and an improved progress meter
  • Results window now has a right-click menu for copy and clear
  • Menus items have been regrouped to be more intuitive

Extensions:

  • Device setup wizard added (Settings -> Device Setup Wizard)
  • Improved help
  • Improved installation technology
  • A new "side-kick" program called the Stimulus Editor for visually designing your stimuli (Support -> Stimulus Editor)
  • User data locations adhere to Vista guidelines. Movement (copying) of user data is now available via the interface (User Management dialog).
  • Discontinuity correction has been added (Right-click Experiment -> Properties -> Advanced -> Time Functions)

Charts/Graphs:

  • Suppression of segmentation points available in processed data charts
  • Analysis chart symbols extended for larger data sets
  • Analysis chart legend text size improved for more charting room
  • Analysis chart sorting options have improved scrolling
  • Analysis chart identity codes now sorted numerically

Experiments/Trials:

  • Experiment and condition instructions are now in rich-text format (RTF) for enhanced text formatting such as bold, italics, bullet points, etc.
  • "Calculate loop area between every consecutive 2 strokes, instead of every consecutive stroke" added to extraction
  • Subject's last experiment run added (via popup menu)
  • Device resolution and sampling rate are now at the subject level to ensure that processing can accommodate different input devices within the same experiment
  • Drawing options (for the recording window) have been added to the experiment settings. This includes such items as line size, color, etc.

Import/Export:

  • Import and export now with reduced steps (and more intuitive)
  • Individual subjects can now be exported
  • Subject privacy improvements

Conveniences:

  • Experiment properties, experiment settings, instruction and notes now combined into one location (dialog)
  • Experiment processing settings have been regrouped to be more intuitive
  • Subject name is now longer obligatory (it now defaults to -,- : this supports experiments where privacy is critical)

What's New In Version 3.9x (03 Feb 2006, 06 Jul 2006)

Charts/Graphs:

  • Segmentation precision improved
  • Chart speed and efficiency improved by a factor of up to two * # of segmentation points

Experiments/Trials:

  • Individual subject can now be exported
  • Importing experiments now has Yes/No/Yes To All/No To All options for overwriting existing items. Deletion option of import files has been removed.

Import/Export:

  • Handwriting images (PCX) are now importable (like HWR files) and viewable. Coming in 4.0: Handwriting image processing and research into the possibility of comparative analysis between images and recorded samples.
  • Individual trials can now be imported (handwriting, grip-force and handwriting images) from the Data Import Wizard

Conveniences:

Data Generation Wizard now retains all settings during a given session of MovAlyzeR

What's New In Version 3.80 (14 Dec 2005)

Charts/Graphs:

Improvements to stroke, sample, pressure and slant indicators.
Crosshairs now begin at the first point on processed charts.
Spectrum removed from feedback features (as they were not applicable).
Proportional scaling maintained and dialog components moved properly while resizing.

Charts (and data views related to a given chart) are now synchronous as you move your data crosshair. I.e., if you select a certain point on ONE chart, all OTHER open charts and data views (of the same trial) will be synchronous.

Recording/Drawing Options:

Via MENU: View->Drawing Options (on the toolbar, as well, appearing like a bar chart), a user can change line and ellipse size and color. Additionally, pen-up (less than minimum pen pressure) color can be changed. These settings are currently NOT persistent. You will be required to change them each time you run the program. In version 3.9, this new system will be improved and become persistent. NOTE: Line colors #2 and #3 apply to Grip-Force experiments (GripAlyzeR).

Improved Installation:

Previously, users were required to uninstall then reinstall when downloading the entire MSI installation (as opposed to using the online update mechanism). Now, when you choose (or cannot) use the online update feature and must download the full install, uninstalling of previous versions will no longer be required.

What's New In Version 3.70 (09 Nov 2005)

Charts/Graphs:

Both raw data charts and processed charts now include sample #, stroke #, pen pressure, and slant (in degrees) in the upper right hand corner of the chart. If you click on a location in the chart with your mouse (the cursor will change from an arrow to a hand), it will place the chart's cursor (crosshair) at that point. You can move it around using your left and right arrow keys. As you move the mouse, the values mentioned above will reflect your current position.

Online Update (MENU: Support->Check for Updates):

The online update mechanism is now fully functional as of version 3.70. Users will no longer be required to uninstall the previous version and download and install the new versions. NOTE: You must be online to accomplish this. If you are not, you must download the full install from a computer that is online and follow the normal procedure (copy the new MSI to the desired computer, uninstall the previous version, install the new version).

Experiment Reports :

The previously existing experiment reports (subjects, experiment settings, questionnaires) have been improved. They all now include the user to which the experiment belonged. The subject questionnaire now, also, includes summaries of subjects per group and for the experiment. Device settings have been added to the experiment settings report.

A new report has been added called "Summary (Brief)...". It is a summary of the experiment consisting of the ID's and names/descriptions of all groups, subjects, conditions, stimuli, elements, and feedback that is part of the experiment. The detailed version will possibly be available at a later date to include all information if users show a high enough demand for it.

Conveniences:

  • Importing an experiment will now no longer give an error if the trials and settings files were not included. As well, the leftview (tree on the left) is now refreshed after an experiment is imported, thus allowing access to it immediately without a manual refresh. If you choose to import an experiment WITH it's trials and/or settings and the files are not there, you will now be informed.
  • Important warnings have been added when switching between devices (eg., mouse to tablet or vice versa).
  • The number of elements and targets available to a given stimulus has been increased to 50. You can also no longer exceed the maximum # of elements accidentally.
  • Conditions can now have the # of trials set to 0. This will allow users of experiments with multiple conditions to single out certain conditions for testing.
  • When adding a new user, if your user list is long, the last added user is now scrolled into view and highlighted.
  • When redoing an individual trial, it is now immediately processed.
  • In the device settings, if you do not select a COM port (which most people apparently do not use), you receive a warning that it was not set. This has been removed.
  • The default minimum and maximum # of strokes for a condition has been changed to be more consistent with typical usage of the software.
  • Frequency Spectrum chart is now dynamic. It now reflects which method was chosen in the experiment settings and the name of the chart is now generic (Frequency Spectrum).
  • Experiment and condition experiment instruction screens have been modified. The "Click OK to continue" at the bottom has been removed (leaving more room for instructions) and the "OK" button has been changed to "Continue". As well, drawing of the instructions has been improved to avoid word separations.

Overall:

Program performance and efficiency has been improved. All known deficiencies have been resolved.

What's New In Version 3.60 (16 Sep 2005)

View Raw Data Directly from the Chart (Chart >View Data):

The button "View Data" will now show you either raw input data (for raw data charts) or time function data for processed data. Processed data will utilize MS Windows Notepad...while raw data will be displayed in our tabular format.

International Sales and Support Around the Globe:

Partnering organizations will provide local, personal sales and user support. Help around the globe will become available after a quick phone call. Customers in Europe can contact www.kikosoft.com. Additional local organizations for sales and user support will follow.

Downloads from NeuroScript are safe as they are digitally signed by Verisign using Microsoft Authenticode™:

This means that users can be sure that all files downloaded from NeuroScript have not been tampered with and are free of viruses and spyware. Beware of downloads displaying the warning that the publisher could not be verified!

What's New In Version 3.50 (14 Aug 2005)

Update MovAlyzeR With One Mouse-Click (Support->Check for Updates):

As a result, update times will be greatly reduced. Your personal computer needs to be connected to the Internet in order or use this feature. If not, please continue to use the old method: Uninstall old version of MovAlyzeR, download the new version, then reinstall.

Remember, always back up your data and databases before you update. If you wish to download a beta version, updates might not be available until after it has been officially released.

Online and Automatic Copy Release Protection:

As a result, the unlock code will be entered automatically when starting MovAlyzeR for the first time. Your personal computer needs to be connected to the internet. If not, please continue to use the old method: Go to the copy protection release system, login, manually input the Activation Request Code and manually copy and paste the Activation/Unlock Code into MovAlyzeR.

Experiment Settings Enhancement:

The experiment settings report has been enhanced and now includes all settings. As well, the default settings for each setting is included in the report. The window where you edit the experiment settings now has the default values included in each field's tooltips.

What's New In Version 3.40 (24 Jun 2005)

New Stimulus Targets Options:

Users can now opt to have a trial begin upon reaching the first target in an experiment that uses stimulus targets. This means that the actual data recording begins upon successfully reaching the first (correct) target. As well, users can also opt to end the recording upon reaching the final target. At that point, drawing can continue, but data will no longer be collected.

The option to begin recording upon reaching the first target is mutually exclusive with beginning recording when the pen touches the tablet. Ie, only one or the other can be selected.

New recording completion/beginning addition:

Now, after a trial has completed, the next trial will not begin until the pen has actually been lifted from the tablet (this works for the mouse as well using the mouse 1 button). This new feature is most noteable when using targets and opting to end a recording upon reaching the last target or an incorrect target.

New importation method :

Comma-delimited files (CSV) are now available for import via the Import -> Data Import Wizard.

Improved experiment importation/exportation:

Improved support for importing and exporting experiments has been added. Particularly, both newer and older versions of the application can import experiments from other versions with a less-liklihood of any inconsistent data (a warning is still in place if the versions differ).

Tablet/Mouse linearity testing now available directly from existing trials:

In addition to the original menu option Settings->Test/Record Input Device, users can now select an existing trial, right-click with the mouse on the trial, and select "Test Linearity".

New example experiments :

Several new experiments (without trials) have been added. They can be run immediately, exported to another user and customized.

Shared modules :

Supporting modules for MovAlyzeR have been moved to the MS Windows "Common Files" folder. This will allow for easy integration/additions of other and future NeuroScript products.

Improved licensing support:

With version 3.30, a new license was introduced which allowed for pay-per-use features. Now, users of previous versions who have already unlocked their trial and purchased features will automatically be up and running as they were with their previous version. Eg., if you purchased MovAlyzeR with client-server support in version 3.20, installing version 3.40 will automatically recognize those features.

What's New In Version 3.30 (09 May 2005)

Pay per use:

Users can now activate specific number of instances of using the program (points), according to their experiment requirements and resources, instead of purchasing the entire program. One (1) point corresponds to data collection or re-processing of a subject data. Users can activate pay-per-use instances for MovAlyzeR/ScriptAlyzeR/GripAlyzeR simultaneously. The user is given the option to choose which to use upon execution of the program.

New segmentation method:

A new procedure for segmentation has been implemented, namely 'Segment at pen-down trajectories'. This adds segmentation points at a transition between a pen-down and pen-lift.

New option to customize segmentation points:

An option "Move segmentation point to nearest absolute velocity minima within stroke" has been implemented. Checking this option leads to the segmentation points that are originally segmented by vertical velocity zero crossings to be moved to a minima if present within stroke duration.

Extended/more organized report while testing the input device:

The results window and the actions.log file will now contain more organized and extended information with the results of testing the input device, allowing the user to instantly catch any discrepancies.

Automatic activation code for trial from our website:

During trial version installation, the user will be automatically taken to our website with an authorization request code from the activation window to unlock the copy protection of the software. The user has to just input the ID and password to instantly receive the activation code.

What's New In Version 3.20 (01 Apr 2005)

* New parameters included for feature extraction including average pen pressure and number of peak acceleration points.

* Consistency checking for more alphabetic characters including c, d, m, n, u, v, and y.

* Default experiment settable per subject under a given user...thus, allowing for running an experiment from a subject without directly traversing the left tree to begin an experiment.

* Gripper module enhancements including visual feedback.

What's New In Version 3.10 (22 Dec 2004)

Feedback color coding

A feedback item can be added to the condition, by which, a color spectrum can be introduced to the processed data charts of the trials under that condition. The feedback can be based on any of the raw and processed data parameters (eg., pen pressure, vertical velocity). A maximum and minimum color can be assigned to the maximum and minimum values of the selected data parameter. All the intermediate data will thus be displayed in the intermediate color spectra values of maximum and minimum colors.

In addition, the x-y processed data chart can be displayed in real-time, which particularly is useful in observing the positional data with color-coding attached (great real-time indicator of fluency).

Serial Port Communication

MovAlyzeR/GripAlyzeR have been enhanced to allow synchronization of the program with external hardware or software. A trigger pulse can be sent through the DTR and RTS pins of the serial (communications) port of your computer.

What's New In Version 3.00 (27 Aug 2004)

Data sharing over LAN or internet connection: Version 3.0 comes with an optional Client/Server module that can be added to MovAlyzeR. This allows an efficient way of sharing experiment items or data among the users in a workgroup or research team or between connected computers.

A shared user account UUU is provided with the software download. The main user or person who installs can then choose a centralized location on a network computer (server), where all the experiment and data files for the shared account will be stored.

The users can then upload individual items at any level (stimulus, condition, group, subject, trial or whole experiment) to the user account UUU. The uploaded items can then be downloaded to any MovAlyzeR user on any of the client computers. Additional benefits of the client/server will be realized in future versions.

The subject infomation and questionnaire can also be selectively and securely shared.

Consistency checking for target order/sequence: A new optional switch per condition enables the user to impose additional consistency checking based on whether targets were reached correctly or not. The required target sequence is as defined by the user in the target use/sequence list of the associated imperative stimulus.

For each trial, the order of reached targets is checked against the requirement set per condition, and the trials that do not meet the order during recording are discarded. This option enables the user to effectively filter out the trials that did not meet the target sequence.

ButterWorth filter: A new 4th-order zero-lag ButterWorth filter has been added to the software. The user can choose to use the FFT low pass filter or Butterworth low pass filter, per experiment, to be applied to the trial data.

A sharpness factor can also be set to the required level in addition to the filter cut-off frequency.

New segmention method - Segment at absolute velocity stops (will be available in the first update for V3.0): A new option to segment movements independently of orientation based on absolute velocity. This produces segmentation points at absolute velocity minima, taking into account the stops between strokes. Therefore, it has results different from the existing method 'segment at absolute velocity minima', which produces segmentation points all the locale mimina.

The new method also allows for the calculation of dwell time (usually spent in the targets).

Customizable execution order of conditions during an experiment (will be available in the first update for V3.0): The user/experimenter is allowed to set the required sequence of conditions to be executed during an experiment, providing greater flexibility and control. This option is provided in addition to the existing options of randomizing conditions only (blocks of trials) or randomizing both conditions and trials.

In addition, when the user chooses to randomize conditions only, there is an option to eliminate the first and last conditions in the list from randomization. Therefore, the first condition (pre-test) will be executed at the beginning and last condition (post-test) will be recorded in the end, and all conditions in between are randomized.

Move segmentation points to a pen-down sample: If segmentation points occur during pen-ups, the user can choose to move the specific points on pen-up to the nearest pen-down point, eliminating the error percentage and introducing increased accuracy.

Selecting output data columns: Users will be able to select desired features (columns) of data from the extracted features, which currently show 20 different features for strokes and submovements and additional columns of item codes.

For example, if the user wants to see the duration and peak vertical velocity only, they can choose to print only those columns to the output file. This facilitates customization of the output file.

Exporting output data file: The users can use the output file (ASCII) to import from other applications such as SPSS. In addition, it will provide an option to automatically convert the MovAlyzeR output format to a format supported by standard statistical packages in order to import the resulting text file.

Normalized jerk: The features 'Normalized Jerk' and 'Absolute Jerk' per stroke/segment will both be available to view, chart and export.

Circular targets/elements: In addition to the existing square/rectangular targets with several customizable features, circular targets with consistency checking per condition will be available.

What's New In Version 2.85/2.90 (24 Feb 2004 - 06 Apr 2004)

Event sounds are now per condition (they are now in the condition properties as opposed to the former experiment settings)
- Additional event sounds added (precue & warning stimuli start and stop)
- Imperative stimulus event sounds (start & stop) removed...as they currently coincide with start/end of recording

Condition instructions added
- "In-between" trial delays have been enhanced: Condition instruction per trial or condition instruction for the first trial of that condition
- Condition instruction for first trial + ENTER for subsequent trials added
- Accept/Redo trial options added (experiment settings -> recording -> procedure)
- Ask to redo (or not) or auto-redo trials on consistency error

New features/info for statistics available from analysis graph

Grip-force experiments are now always maximized during recording
- Settable magnet force now available per condition for grip-force experiments
- Gripper Data importation enhanced
- Configurable # of skipped lines and optional headers
- Multiple trials can be imported simultaneously

Questionnaire improved
- Questions are now deemable as "private" or not (a "***" mask is used for answers to private questions unless the maintain privacy option has been removed [MENU: View->Maintain Privacy])
- NEW experiment report: all questionnaires for that experiment (importable via spreadsheet - tab delimited)
- NOTE: Refer to the forum section movalyzer->report bugs/quirks/glitches for information on troubles that you might have

Stroke Counting during recording added
- You can elect to end a recording upon reaching the condition's maximum number of strokes.

Feedback Visibiliy Options Added
- You can now hide the "ink" until the end of the recording
- Optionally, you can hide or show the "ink" after n seconds or strokes from the beginning of the recording

Recording Transformation Available
- Change the x or y axis (or both) gain & rotation to transform the recordings
- Target-reaching is determined via the transformed coordinate
- Raw data is not transformed

IMPORTANT: We have a new copyright & security system employed. You will be required to request a copyright protection code to activate the demo.

What's New In Version 2.80 (21 Jan 2004)

- Windows XP® certified!
- Statistics enhanced and improved
- Column headers/descriptions added to output files
- New actions.log email-to-NeuroScript technology
- New installation technology (InstallShield)
- Updated help and a new tutorial
- New sample experiments

What's New In Version 2.70 (13 Oct 2003)

Stimuli

- Stimuli elements are now drawn to exactly represent dimensions (eg. a 1 cm wide element displays as 1 cm wide on your monitor - ensure your display dimension settings are correct)

Analysis

- Summarization consistency error report now available
- Analysis speed enhanced (changing viewed information takes less time)
- Sub-movement analysis added
- Analysis and extracted features are now dynamic and have been enhanced
- Analysis/extract feature names are now less cryptic and are now more informative

Import/Export

- Import/Export now includes ALL experiment-related settings as well as analysis information (if available)

Gripper/DAQPad

- Gripper/DAQPad now has two (2) data acquisition methods...single-buffer and double-buffer. Single-buffer acquisition yields the results after every sample has been collected. The double-buffer technique provides real-time display of the acquired display (NOTE: the workable number of samples for real-time, double-buffered technique can be influenced by your computer speed...currently, 20 samples (default) seems to be the best setting)

Experiments/Interface

- Raw data are now presented in a custom, tabular view with column headings
- Results (recording) can now be viewed after a trial is completed until ENTER is depressed (NOTE: this option is currently not persistent)
- More informative subject deletion/removal warning added (re: data is NOT removed when removing a subject)
- Menus are now collapsed, initially displaying only more-commonly used functionality (the double-down arrow indicates expanding the menu to show lesser used functionality)

What's New In Version 2.60 (04 Sep 2003)

Stimuli

- Stimuli elements can now be hidden upon successful/unsuccessful reach of a target
- Other stimuli elements can now be displayed upon the successful/unsuccessful reach of a target
- Stimuli can now be animated (this is an initial version that is not flicker-free/fluent...animation is based upon a pattern, and the speed at which the stimulus can traverse the pattern is currently limited to about 5 Hz)
- Stimuli elements now have a start time and duration
- A warning stimulus has been added to conditions (with duration and latency)

Experiments

- Formatted experiment instructions have been added (at beginning of each experiment)
- Tablet (digitizer) information can now be queried
- Mouse aspect ratio (virtual tablet) can now be set to assist in display of stimuli

Devices

- Tablet and display dimensions are now settable to assist in drawing and calculations
- Device "Quick-Select" added to toolbar (NOTE: If you do not see this, right-click on any toolbar and select "Customize...", select the "Toolbars" tab and click "Reset All" button. Toolbar and menu "memory" is not functional in this release).

Import

- Accelerometer data can now be imported (transformed into position data)

What's New In Version 2.50

- Extended processing control with persistence
- Settings for running an experiment are now persistent for each experiment
- Multimedia: Sounds now available to attach to events for running an experiment (like starting, stopping, pen-down, pen-up, etc)
- NeuroScript example users and data introduced

What's New In Version 2.40

- Monochrome option added to charts
- Printing option added to charts
- Progress meter added to analysis charts (to help with large experiments)
- New help and tutorial system
- New property sheet style implemented (to aid in navigation)
- Import/Export enhanced

What's New In Version 2.30

- Charting enhancements
- Tooltips for everything now
- Driver availability (notifications and warnings) added
- Condition properties enhanced for easier use/understanding
- New toolbar/status bar technology added with progress and device indicators

What's New In Version 2.20

Stimuli

- Stimuli incorporated into experiments (recording).
- Stimuli and elements can be tested for visual accuracy.
- Stimuli can now be comprised of interactive targets.

NOTE: The previous method of managing/using stimuli is no longer present.

What's New In Version 2.15


Stimuli

- New stimulus construction (stimulus comprised of elements).
- An element can be a customizable shape or a pattern (from recordings).
- Stimuli comprised of n elements with m elements as targets.
- Usable stimulus files (STI) can be generated with this new architecture.

NOTE: The previous method of managing/using stimuli is still present. This new architecture will be used in the next version.

What's New In Version 2.14


Input

- Digitizer accuracy test added.
- Test signal generation added.

Features

- Multiple trials can now be charted together.
- Multiple-word trials can now be split for separate processing.
- Statistical analysis is now available.

What's New In Version 2.13 (26 Sep 2002)


Importation

- Data Importation Wizard enhanced to allow importation of Force Recognition Data.
- Data Importation Wizard enhanced to increase importation speeds.


Input

- Grip-Force input device added (not required).
- Experiment recording/display enhanced to include Grip-Force input device.
- Customizable stimuli added for handwriting experiments.
- Analysis enhanced to include Grip-Force data.
- Settable time-delay between trials added.


Privacy

- Subject privacy added with options.
- Protection of subject information provided in all aspects of application.

NOTE: To be able to use the Grip-Force features of the application, you need to install the latest NiDAQ drivers.

 

What's New In Version 1.00 (12 Aug 2001)


Wizards

- Wizard for adding a new experiment added and enhanced.
- Data importation wizard (from other programs, etc) added and enhanced.
- Wizard for easily running an experiment added.


Interface

- Menus modified to be more logical and grouped.
- Experiment recording window updated with more recording-time features.
- Dialogs enhanced for experiment recording.

Program Requirements

- Necessity for tablet driver (wintab.dll) removed.

What's New In Release Candidate 2 (19 Dec 2000)


Speed and efficiency

- The program has been streamlined for smaller files and faster run-times.
- The program is now in full-release mode.


User-interface enhancements

- More information text has been added to the application to help the user.
- The menus have been modified in order to better represent the application and to make it easier (more logical) for users to locate.

What's New In Release Candidate 1 (26 Sep 2000)


Analysis chart options extended

- Chart not only mean and SD of each stroke feature but also Standard Error, Mean of the within- subject mean and SD.
- Any of these statistics can be plotted along the y axis against any other for the x axis
- Additional chart export options, e.g., for other graphics programs.
- Sorting, selecting Groups, Conditions to chart and their identities can be shown


Trial charts

- Option to show times and data in of the segmentation points
- Option to show a writing movement in real time.
- Showing jerk signal in x, y, and absolute