To learn how to use BrainVoyager after successful installation, consult the following information sources:
- Get an overview of the major tools available in BrainVoyager.
- Walk through the BrainVoyager Getting Started Guide (BV GSG) to learn how to perform basic tasks with the software. This guide was tested in many international BrainVoyager Training Courses. To download the guide, follow the link above. This beginners guide introduces the general operation of the graphical user interface (GUI) and exemplifies the basic capabilities of the software using a sample data set. After going through the Getting Started Guide, you should be able to work with your own data.
- Consult the new data analysis management tools when defining your own projects. These tools automatize some of the steps described in the BrainVoyager Getting Started Guide. There will be soon also a Data Analysis Management Getting Started Guide available.
- After working through the Getting Started Guides, consult this User's Guide for in-depth descriptions and detailled explanations of all major features of the software. To learn about basic analysis steps, you may want to start with the topic Overview of Basic (f)MRI Data Analysis.
- Consult the BrainVoyager support site providing additional information for specific topics and issues.
If you have learned how to use the basic features of BrainVoyager, you can expand your knowledge by consulting the following sources of information:
- Walk through additional Getting Started Guides to learn about more advanced tools including the DTI Getting Started Guide, the Scripting Getting Started Guide, and the EMEG Suite Getting Started Guide. If you are using the BrainVoyager version with integrated TMS neuronaviagtion, you may also want to consult the TMS Neuronavigator Manual. These GSG's are located in the "Getting Started Guides" sub folder in the "BrainVoyager" directory and are also available online. More information about these tools can be found in the additional documentation chapter.
- Powerpoint presentations used in the BrainVoyager Training Course. These files are located on the BrainVoyager CD-ROM in the "/BrainVoyager/CourseMaterial/Presentations" folder. You can run the presentations directly from CD or from your hard disk. Check the "Readme.txt" file In the "Presentations" folder for further details.
- Exercises used in the BrainVoyager Training Course. The files are located on the BrainVoyager CD-ROM in the "/BrainVoyager/CourseMaterial/Exercises" folder. The exercises are available in PDF format.
- BrainVoyager sample data sets. You will find installed sample data on your hard disk in the "BVSampleData" subfolder of your "Documents" directory; on Windows XP/Vista this is the "My Documents" folder, on Mac OS X , Linux and Windows 7, this is the "Documents" folder within your user (home) directory. The sample data can also be found on the CD-ROM in the "/Documents/BVSampleData" folder. The "ObjectsDicomGSG" sample data may have been installed already to your hard disk during installation from the CD but you can also download the data from our web site in case you downloaded BrainVoyager from the web.
- Learn about scripting and available plugins. You will find installed scripts and plugins on your hard disk in the "BVExtensions" subfolder of your "Documents" folder. The Plugins web page contains the latest plugins as well as example code for getting started with your own plugin programming (if you are a developer).
- Follow the development of BrainVoyager by reading Rainer's BV Blog.
Another great opportunity to learn about basic and advanced features of the software is to attend one of the BrainVoyager Training Courses offered by the Brain Innovation team.
Note that with BrainVoyager 20.0, the name and version numbering of BrainVoyager has been changed. The "QX" part from previous version names has been dropped since it is no longer necessary to stress the established cross-platform nature of BrainVoyager. Furthermore, major version numbers now follow a near-yearly release naming scheme starting counting with BrainVoyager 1.0 (Windows version) released in June 1996. In order to be compatible with previous naming and licensing terms, BrainVoyager 20.X was also coded as BrainVoyager QX 3.X. Since version 21.0, the QX naming scheme is no longer continued. Furthermore, the licensing with a hardware (Hasp) dongle is no longer available.
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