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New release of PCAD February 15, 2016

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After achieving Google-like duration in beta (it has been a while, hasn’t it?), we’ve moved PCAD3 to current release status. The previous version, PCAD 2000, is still available but is moving toward end-of-life. Official support for PCAD 2000 will end on 31 December 2016.

So, what’s new? For details, you should consult the User’s Manual (warning – PDF file), but the most noticeable differences are in the user interface. The PCAD3 screen still has a lot of blank space (until you start scoring), but there’s a bit more structure and context than there was in PCAD 2000:

main screen

Now, when you open a file, it’s scored automatically. The current sample file is shown in a tree view on the left of the screen, with metadata about the selected sample within the file displayed in fields at the top, above the text and output data. Alternatively, you can type in a sample in the Sample Text tab, optionally add metadata like subject identification, education, and gender, and use the File menu to save and score it.

sample text

Other tabs hold output data like that produced by PCAD 2000, including the sample text itself (shown above), scored clauses, scale summaries, and analysis and diagnosis screens. Putting the output material on tabs makes it easier to access since it’s not all one long scroll of text. Here’s scored clauses:

scored clauses

Scale summaries (notice the subtabs – each scale summary is on a separate subtab):

scale summaries

There are also a couple of new presentations – you can see which clauses were assigned a non-zero score, by scale (the Scored Clauses tab shows all clauses in the sample, whether they were scored or not).

clauses by scale

There’s also a Sample Summary tab that offers a quick overview of the scoring results.

sample summary

And, if you were looking closely, you may have noticed on the Scale Summary subtabs that there’s a new scale – Narcissistic.

Of course, you can route the content from any or all of the output tabs (and in any order) to an output file, and the spreadsheet output feature of PCAD 2000 is still available.

The User’s Manual has been updated to reflect the way that PCAD3 operates, and the website has also been updated. Ordering works as it always has, and the download page still has PCAD 2000 as well as PCAD3 for your use.

If you have any issues using PCAD3, or have suggestions for the next version (which we hope will not be so long in development), please contact support@gb-software.com or info@gb-software.com. Thanks for being so patient as we matured PCAD3.