Date: Fri, 26 Nov 2010 09:14:25 -0800
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From: Andreas Voelp <email@example.com>
Subject: SPSS 19 - "What's new" (first impressions and quirks)
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After two days' working with SPSS 19 (including the hotfixes up to 220.127.116.11)
under Windows 7 64-bit my first impression is: This is the first "SPSS for
Java" version with an acceptable interface performance - not quite as fast
as Version 15, but notably improved from version 16 and after
- My SPSS is configured to start with an open syntax window. Although
'Automatically open Error Tracking pane when errors are found' has been
deselected in the Options menu, the error pane is opened nevertheless when
an error occurs. Furthermore, the syntax window opened at startup also has
an open error pane right from the start that fills about half of the window
size. How can I get rid of this?
- In the Viewer the syntax commands TITLE and SUBTITLE (issued through
syntax) appear in the log, but they do not generate any items in the
outline, and the title and subtitle also do not appear at the top of the
output pages, i.e., these commands have no effect at all. Have they become
obsolete? (However, you can still insert a page title manually using Insert
-> New Page Title in the Viewer.)
- It appears to me that the first item on each printet output page has a
fixed offset from the upper margin, regardless of how many lines of text (if
any) are in the page header (from the second page of an output document
onwards, the space between the bottom of the header and the top of the first
output item decreases with each new header line until the bottom lines of
the header are hidden behind the output item). Is there a way to control the
space between the header and the rest of the output?
- Using File -> Page Attributes in the viewer I have entered some text in
the header and footer boxes and made it the default for new documents. When
I open an output document that has customized headers and footers, or create
a new one, these custom headers and footers are not shown in the print
preview or in the printout unless I open and close the File -> Page
Attributes dialog first (albeit without changing anything).
- When I evoke Syntax Help or Help -> Topics for the first time after
starting an SPSS session it takes about 3 minutes until the first text is
displayed in the browser and about another 2 or 3 minutes until the browser
finishes loading on my PC with an i7-960 CPU, 6 GB of memory, a super fast
SSD as the system drive, and Windows 7 64-bit. When I close the browser and
evoke the Help system again within the same SPSS session it takes just the
time that the browser itself requires to load, but after closing and
re-opening SPSS the whole process starts over again. How can this be
avoided? Is it possible to "cache" the help system permanently?
- Is it possible to copy customized window toolbars from one SPSS 19
installation to another on a different machine?
Any comments and suggestions are appreciated.
Greetings from Germany
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