Up to now, Blaise 5 only supported visually adding layout instructions, but from 5.3.0 on it is also possible to use language to define your layout, like you could in earlier major versions of Blaise.
The Windows DEP in Blaise 5.3.0 now supports CARI (Computer Assisted Recorded Interviewing). CARI enables audio recording during an interview. Which questions will be recorded is highly customizable using a combination of (consent) fields and other configuration settings.
In order to offer yet another platform for help/self-training and to raise awareness for new functionality, we have made our first video tutorial.
This first video is about edit masks. The edit mask functionality has been available since the release of Blaise 5.2.5 and we wanted to show how it works.
Blaise 5.3.0 offers a first version of ACASI. This means that it is possible to play audio files in the data entry program(s). Methodologically speaking, it is better if the question is asked in exactly the same way every time. Playing an audio recording makes this possible.
From 27 through 30 November, Statistics Netherlands will organise a Blaise 5 Layout Training, which is a four-day course for Blaise developers. It will specifically focus on how to specify and apply layout using the new tools in Blaise 5.
On June 12-14, 2017, we gave a Blaise 5 Layout training at Statistics Netherlands. About 18 participants spent three days learning about all the new possibilities in Blaise 5. The group of trainees was very international: We had students from Iceland, Macedonia, Finland, Czech Republic, Denmark, Turkey, Italy and Bosnia-Herzogovina.