We have been using Transana for qualitative analysis of audio and video.
It comes from WCER at U-W Madison.
Runs on both PC and Mac. They have both single user, stand alone versions
and multi-user client/server versions. We use the multi-user version that
allows multiple researchers to store audio/video and transcripts and share
coding schemes. Pricing is very attractive.
They are having a training session at U-W end of this month (see below)
which would be a good way to see if it meets your needs. The lead developer,
David Woods, is available for on-site training.
If you can convince your users to switch, I'd recommend dumping NVivo as I
think it is highly overrated.
Mark Urban-Lurain, Ph.D.
Director of Instructional Technology Research & Development
Division of Science and Mathematics Education
College of Natural Science Michigan State University
111 N. Kedzie Lab Voice: (517) 432-2152 x 119
East Lansing, MI 48824 Fax: (517) 432-5653
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From: David Woods [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, June 26, 2008 4:22 PM
Subject: Transana Training Workshop
I just wanted to let you know that there is still space in this summer's
Transana Training Workshop, which will be held on July 24 & 25, 2008 in
To find out more about the training session, see
http://www.transana.org/support/20080724.htm. To register for the training
> Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 10:02:44 -0400
> From: Timothy Woods <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: NVivo Caveat
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> I am not sure if anyone has had the joy of working with QSR
> when trying to reinstall a boxed copy of NVivo 7. After
> entering the 25 digit product key code you are required to
> register the product. If you do not have the Exact name of
> how it was registered originally it will deny you activation
> of the product. To make a long story short, if you do not
> have the exact registration information you cannot reactivate
> and use the software. If any department is using NVivo I
> would highly recommend whoever installs it that they write
> down what was entered for the required registration. In
> addition to this we have had problems with 3 of the programs
> running correctly out of about 10.
> Their out of this world support is based out of Australia and
> if you need to call them you have to call them
> internationally long distance and it has to be 9:-5:30
> Australia time!
> Apparently there are not a lot of choices out there for
> qualitative research software, but is anyone using anything
> else they could recommend?