Preparing Textual Documents
ATLAS.ti 6 principally handles documents in plain and R
See also “Supported Formats“, page 74 for additional information.
.RTF (Rich Text Format) is a proprietary text data format developed and
propagated by Microsoft, and intended as an industry standard for exchanging
documents between different applications. It supports such extensions as
character formatting (bold, italic, color, etc.) with different fonts and sizes,
paragraph formatting (bullets, indentation, alignment, etc.), embedded objects
(graphics, tables, video, etc). and more.
All textual documents are displayed on the basis of Rich Text within ATLAS.ti.
Saving documents as rich text is a standard feature that can be found in most
word processing programs. In Word, for instance, this is an option that can be
selected in the data type field when saving documents under a different name
("Save as"). We recommend storing documents as “rich text” right away even
if they are currently “plain text” and do not contain any formatting.
However, no miracles should be expected from a conversion into RTF. The
success of the conversion heavily depends on the characteristics of the
converter used. Bear in mind that the quality of such conversions usually does
not reach the richness in appearance and procedures of the original (Word,
etc.) documents (e.g., multiple lines in tables from a Word document are not
displayed identically within ATLAS.ti).
Word doc and docx files
For your convenience we also support the inclusion of documents that are not
RTF. To be able to utilize such documents without having to convert them to
RTF, ATLAS.ti uses converters installed on your system (as part of the basic
Windows or Office installation).
In case you cannot load a Word file and you see the message “converter
missing” on your screen, then you need to download the latest doc(x) – rtf
conversion pack and install it. You find conversion packs online, free of charge.
Limitations of working with doc or dox files
Doc and docx files need to be converted to rich text every first time they are
loaded in any work session. If the documents are short, you probably don't
notice anything because it is quite fast. If you work with longer documents, I
may take a few seconds before the document is loaded.
Doc and Docx files cannot be edited as they are converted “on the fly” during
the process of loading. Thus, you want to edit documents originating from
Word, WordPerfect, etc., you need to convert them to rich text from within
their original application before assigning them to an HU.
If working on a number of different computers, different converters may
produce different results. This can – even though very rarely – result in
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Data from other
RTF if you want
to edit them