General Questions

Q: Do you have information on releases?

Blaise 5

Releases are numbered according to this format: MajorBuild.MinorBuild.Version
We try to release a bugfix build once a month (if needed), unless there is an urgent need to get a fix sooner.

The current version is Blaise 5.4.

Blaise 5.5 is scheduled for December 15, 2018.
A test-version for Blaise 5.5 will be released before the IBUC (End of October, 2018).

Blaise 4

Releases are numbered according to this format: MajorBuild.MinorBuild.Version.Build

The current version is Blaise 4.8.6.1960.

There are no plans for a new release of Blaise 4.8. This will only happen on an as-needed basis.

Q: Do you support Master-Detail questionnaires and/or parallels?

Yes. You can jump back and forth between them to fill in the parts that are required for this specific respondent.

Q: Does Blaise 5 support Maniplus?

A lot of the functionality is available through Manipula in Blaise 5. A first version of Manipula Dialogs (which is the new name for Maniplus Dialogs) is available from Blaise 5.4.2. This build was released on June 29, 2018.

Q: Does the Blaise system communicate with other systems and databases?

Yes.
- Data can be stored in several databases (SQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, SQLite, MySQL)
- The Rules can call Web Services, using alien procedures
- The Server Events Service broadcasts events of the Data Entry Service and Cati Service.

Q: How does record locking work?

Record locking means that if someone is filling in a questionnaire on one device or format, it is impossible for someone else to log in to the same record on another device or format. Opening another tab in the same browser will still allow you access though.

This mechanism does not lock the complete database.

Q: How open is Blaise 5? How easy is it to customize?

Blaise APIs provide access to all Blaise functionality. It's also possible to create Custom Data Entry Applications to change the look-and-feel or behaviour of the data entry clients..

Q: Is Blaise Section 508/WCAG 2.0 compatible?

Not out-of-the-box, but all the parts needed to make your questionnaire Section 508/WCAG 2.0 compliant have been available in the system from 5.2.5 (for ASP.NET) and 5.3.0+ (for MVC).

Q: Is it possible to embed Media?

Yes, you can embed videos in your source code. You can also add images and videos to your Resource Database or point to a URL. This will also apply to Audio and Documents in the future.

Q: What is the Blaise definition of a multi-mode survey?

A multi-mode survey, according to Blaise, is a survey that has one or multiple layouts per different kinds of interviews, e.g. Self interviewing (CAWI, CASI), Interviewer (CAPI, CATI) and Data Editing (CADI). Each mode can have different routing, texts and Special Answer options (DK, RF, etc).

Q: When do you plan to add a Layout Language?

Layout Language has been added in version 5.3.0, which was released on Dec, 1, 2017. You can also still add layout using the Layout Designer. The Layout will sync both ways.

Q: Which parts of Blaise 5 are production ready?

CAWI/CASI, CAPI and CATI are production ready, as is Manipula.

Q: Will Blaise work for ACASI? CARI? PAPI? If so, when, and for all (applicable) formats?

The goal is to make it available for all modes and formats/devices. ACASI and CARI have been implemented for WPF DEP and browsers for the 5.3.0 release on Dec 1, 2017. Both are on the roadmap for 5.5 for apps (Android and iOS). PAPI is not yet on the list.

Q: Will it be possible to upload pictures/audio/video/ documents? If so, when?

This is scheduled for the 5.5 release in December 2018.

Q: Will you support alien routers in Blaise 5? If not, how do you call external processes from Blaise?

No. External processes should be called by custom Applications based on the Data Entry API.

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