We’re thrilled to announce a new strategic partnership which sees two industry leaders combining their vast skills, experience and resources to develop a revolutionary dashboard designer application for market research.
The two companies have been empowering the Market Research industry for over 20 years with E-Tabs at the forefront of market research reporting and visualization, and Askia providing state-of-the-art software for surveys and analysis.
“Askia and E-Tabs make a perfect match; our offerings complement each other”, says Jérôme Sopoçko, Askia founder. “Through this partnership we are effectively combining our expertise in analysis and reporting to create a very compelling proposition for the industry.”
The web-based dashboard designer, available as a standalone tool or linked seamlessly with Askiavista analysis software, will be a genuine game-changer. Benjamin Rietti, President and founder of E-Tabs added, “The dashboard design market is crowded but spectacularly fails to address the specific needs of market research. This exciting new application will combine a cutting-edge user experience with a native understanding of market research data and functionality. The industry as a whole will gain significantly from this coming together of two of its leaders”.
Further information about the new software and this strategic partnership will be released later in the year so stay tuned!
E-Tabs has been providing cutting edge data visualization and reporting solutions to the market research industry for over 20 years. E-Tabs helps businesses all over the globe boost their productivity by making the process of producing their reports and visualizations quick, simple & cost effective.
We’re pleased to announce that we have released a major update to askiaface for iOS on the App Store; version 3.3.0 is jam-packed with exciting new features and many dead bugs:
Askiafield 5.4 quota management
With askiafield 5.4, we have implemented four new Quota keywords which will dramatically simplify the setting of your surveys when you want balanced or least filled quota.
AvailableQuota: returns the indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion still available (to do > 0) and sorted from the max to do to the min to do using the count for the sort.
AvailableBalancedQuotas: returns the indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion still available (to do > 0) and sorted from the max to the min using the following formula : (Target% - Observed%) / Target%
QuotaList: returns the complete indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion sorted from the max to do to the min to do using the count for the sort.
BalancedQuotaList: returns the complete indexes of the responses of the TargetQuestion sorted from the max to the min using the following formula: (Target% - Observed%)
Askiafield 5.3.5 quota management
We’ve finally added support for manual quota management! You can now design your mobile Askia surveys while leveraging the usefulness of such keywords as QuotaToDo, MaxQuotaToDo and other IsQuotaFullFor in order to better apply your quota methodology within your questionnaires!
Added Crashlytics support
We have integrated the Crashlytics engine in order to improve our error logging. Crashlytics allows us to able to locate, down to the exact line of code, any issue that causes application instabilities. This will greatly improve our response time and efficiency when dealing with pesky bugs!
New 5.4 AskiaScript
We have added support for askiadesign’s 5.4 AskiaScript! You can now make use of many new goodies such as:
Run Askia Script: with this action, it is now possible to run a script to complete multiple actions in one go. These are the new methods for question objects.
HasParentChapter: Check whether the question has a parent chapter
ParentChapter: Will return a string containing name of the Parent chapter
AgentID: Identifier of the interviewing Agent
AgentName: Name of the interviewing Agent
EndTime: Indicates the finished date/time of the current interview
StartTime: Indicates the started date/time of the current interview
Language: Returns the current respondent language
Scenario: Returns the current respondent scenario
and many more!
Improved memory management
The application has been completely transitioned to Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) in order to better memory management. Simply put, this allows askiaface for iOS to improve the way it allocates and deallocates objects automatically without obliging our developers from manually releasing unused or obsolete objects from memory.
For you, this will translate in a smoother and snappier experience! Win
We have also took the time to fix some issues some of our users were experiencing:
If like us, you’ve been busy spending your time working (building surveys, helping clients, upgrading software, reading logs, …), you may not have had a chance to keep up with the latest tips & tricks from our Help Centre. Feel free to have a flick through our latest picks:
Design & Analyse FAQs
Your first steps with Askia’s range of software are now even smoother! The askiadesign & askiaanalyse FAQs will help cover your needs when start building your first questionnaire or analysing your first survey results.
Upgrading your Askiavista server environment? Using a staging server before deploying your Askiavista projects to your live environment? Look no further, this article walks us through the simple steps of using AskiaVista Tool to import and/or export Askiavista projects from one server to another.
This nifty application allows AskiaVista administrators to manage the import / export of Vista project related components: Portfolios, Filters, Weightings, Profiles, Calculated variables, Chart templates, Table styles, …
As from version 5.3.5, we’ve had the ability to send survey links with URL encryption / prettyfying. Up until now, encryption could only be achieved manually and was only reserved for StartSurvey link type. We have therefore created a script which allows you to encrypt survey links by batch, based on a CSV file. With this script, you can encrypt many URLs at once.
Therefore, a standard DoExternalPanel link with some extra parameters looks like:
This article is a followup to the first API tutorial, it showcases a series of bite-sized examples to highlight important features of the Vista API.
This extensive tutorial covers all the basics for Vista API development through 11 examples that feature such concepts as: displaying a cross-tab via the getPages method, securing your dashboard with a login page, grouping multiple requests to improve load management and client-side performance, retrieving a list of questions and/or responses via the askiavista.getQuestions and the askiavista.getResponses methods, adding a dropdown menu to your dashboards, … and many more!
Using Amazon S3 for resource uploads for Askiaface on iOS/Android
Using an external service to automatically upload your survey’s media captured on your iOS and/or Android devices is a very convenient way to centralise all such assets and a great method of securing all such resources.
This article covers all the steps from setting up your Amazon S3 account, checking all S3 settings and prepping your survey’s media capture questions in order to automate the upload of all media content.
As initiated a couple of months ago in our “Askia’s mission, vision & values” blog post in which we mention the elements we have been processing over the past year (Askia’s 20th birthday!): our team has gathered to help (re)define our core statements.
In order to help us and you our clients, partners, friends, … better feel the revival of our aspiration as a business, Askia’s visual identity has undergone the same process over the past year.
We examined, reexamined, broke, rebuilt and finally achieved in evolving our brand identity without ever losing sight of our roots. From our logo to our brand colour palette, from our application icons to our print material, … we have completely redesigned our visual language in order to better mirror who we are now and where we are heading.
As you can see, we have already achieved quite a lot this year! But there is still more! We’ve already completely overhauled our mobile face-to-face Android app, our dev centre will be updated in the coming weeks, … Keep an eye on us, much more will be coming out in the next months!
Even though we’ve been on holidays, some of our dedicated support staff have been working hard to provide you with some great resources for your upcoming surveys: help articles, new survey controls and more!
Here’s an overview of all the new goodies you’ll be able to find on our help centre:
This short article covers all the basics on Universes, an often misunderstood feature of askiaanalyse. It’s indeed often ambiguously connected to another Filters / Sub-populations.
The article in detail how Universes do not change the counts but change the percentages in your table and details each of the associated values that can be assigned to a Universe for a given table / set of tables:
Create grouped or calculated responses which are assigned to questions in the myView questionnaire tree
Setting up a myView comes in handy in cases such as:
Survey files with long structure e.g. when the data file has lots of loops or historic questions and has become difficult to navigate through
Files shared between a data processing (DP) team and researchers can contain many variables that are not needed by the researchers.
A data file might have sections of it allocated to different researchers e.g. country specific sections. A different .mlv (myView definition file) file can be supplied to each team to show only the profile of questions they will be dealing with.
Part 4 of the meticulous series of articles on on Column Significance is once again a very thorough piece on this calculation and it’s various settings.
This article is specific to the Student Test using estimator & efficiency coefficient. It demonstrates how to create a table which shows the pre-set Col Sig calculation side by side with the programmed calculation for the same test. It provides all steps as well as an example questionnaire and dataset that you can access directly in the source article.
Cross video survey control
This survey control is similar to our Video control but provides extra support for all browsers and will even fallback to Flash video for those still using legacy browsers.
This brand new ADC 2.0 survey control allows you to add lightboxed image galleries within your surveys. This mobile friendly gallery is fully packed with features such as: zoom in, zoom out, full-screen, keyboard controls, …
This new feature allows you to setup an askiaface for iOS (for iPad only) questionnaire as a Kiosque survey. A Kiosque survey enables you to provide a self-interviewing environment with the following:
Loop interviews: as soon as the current interview is completed, a new one is automatically generated and displayed on the tablet.
Secured kiosque mode: users can only exit Kiosque mode after providing the per Askiafield server password.
Inactive kiosque interview management: if no activity is detected on an in-progress Kiosque interview for at least x minutes, the application will abandon that interview and generate a new one. Of course, you decide on a per server basis the duration of the timeout.
Disclaimer: Kiosque mode is currently offered as a freely accessible trial. Access to this feature will be subject to specific licensing.
Schedule daily sync
To accompany the above new Kiosque mode, we’ve added the possibility to schedule daily survey data syncing.
This will allow you to synchronise all your survey data without having to operate each Kiosque devices. Even though this feature is only available on devices on which at least one Kiosque survey has been setup, it will sync data (interviews as well as questionnaire updates) for all available surveys on the device.
Access the Schedule Daily sync in the app’s sidebar and set the time of day to trigger the synchronisation. You’ll of course be able to deactivate feature when you no longer need it by simply toggling the Daily Sync switch.
As usual, we have also fixed some issues:
Various fixes on issues with keyboard input in the Settings view.
Fixed a performance issue in the app views.
This update is already available via the App Store and will soon be available on your favourite Android devices!
In order to allow our users to further engage with their respondents, we have been relentlessly adding new survey controls to our software offering. These controls, also known as ADCs (Askia Design Controls) are freely accessible to all Askia users and allow extended customisation so they fit your needs.
Below, a selection of our latest survey controls:
The Responsive Table ADC allows you to embed grid (matrix) questions in your survey without having to worry about mobile and tablet respondents. The table will expand / collapse depending on your respondent’s available screen real estate.
Displaying images in your survey is straightforward but sometimes you need your respondents to actually be able to view image details and benefit from a larger version of the image in order to answer a question. This is where this ADC will help as it will allow you to provide a larger render of your image without the hassle of laying out your survey page for a wider / higher image (especially when your respondents are accessing your survey from a mobile device).
We’ve been adding a host of new articles and survey resources to our Help Centre; here are some of the most noteworthy of them:
Quota Monitoring for Analyse & Vista
This article shows the use of the Read quota function in a Closed by scripts created variable. We combine this function with table arithmetic scripts to create a portfolio that will allow you to monitor the progress of your quotas as new data is collected. The examples are shown in Analyse and Vista 6.
This simple yet complete solution only requires you use the latest version of AskiaVista (184.108.40.206) and Analyse (220.127.116.11) and higher; of course, you’ll also need a survey with at least one quota question with some data!
This article details the use of arithmetic calculations to look up data from one table layout (broken into separate tables by edge response) into another table layout (summary in single table).
Basically, the idea is to create a new tab definition which has the structure required and then do a lookup of the values from the original table(s) into this new table (by using the GetTable method). The original tables are broken by edge response to produce 7 tables:
The goal is to obtain the results as below with the attached table structure:
Programming Col Sig (means): Classical Student Test
This article demonstrates how to script the formula for Student Test and Student Test using estimator for testing means. Formula and syntax are shown for tables using regular mean calculations as well as Script (mean) calculations which would be used in a mean summary table.
The article details how to program Column Significance tests for means using both the Classical Student test as well as the Student test using estimator.
This brand new Askia Design Control allows you to provide rating-like annotations to one or more images. It is extremely simple to add to your survey as it only requires an open-ended question in a nested loop.
See the video demo below:
You can also take a look at the source article to pick up the ADC or the example survey.
New ADC: auto-complete
This last Askia Design Control allows you to provide a searchable list of responses to your interviewers and/or respondents. This simple survey control just requires an open-ended question and the data source for the responses (XLS, XLSX, CSV, … converted to JSON).
We are pleased to announce that we have just released an update to askiaface for iOS: version 3.1.1. This update includes the following improvements and fixes:
Updated Base SDK to iOS 9.3
Added Remove survey feature
Integrated UI for remove survey feature
Added specific warning when deleting a survey with / without interviews
Fix when resuming interview on a preliminary selection loops
Fix on response blocks that contain MS Word’s `…` special character
The main feature, Delete survey, allows you to remove an available survey from the list of questionnaires:
If ever you remove a survey for which you still have complete and/or incomplete interviews that have not been synced back to the askiafield server, the iOS app will warn you and require you synchronise your data before removing the survey:
Once all local interviews for that survey have been synced, you can delete the survey:
Base SDK updated
We have updated the base SDK used to build askiaface for iOS to version 9.3 (the latest available) in order to benefit from various performance improvements and fixes. The application now supports devices running iOS 8+, iOS 7.x is no longer supported.
This update is available directly from the App Store so head there to get the update!