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ARM 2020 Release Notes

See ARM 2020.x Features (pdf) for a presentation of features added to ARM this year.
See the Change Log (txt) for a complete list of all changes made in this version of ARM.

Version 2020.5

November 23, 2020

Connect Electronic Data Collector

  • Data collection connections are now accessed through new wizard.
  • Excel Rating Shell and Mirus connections moved to this icon/command.

Updates for Study Rules

A few updates were made for study rules in ARM 2020.5:
  • New Study Rule to lock certain Settings options to prevent edits.
  • Treatment Units
  • Study Design
  • Number of Replicates
  • Non-randomized Replicate
  • Treatment Adjacency
  • Load rule sets related to GLP or GEP from Settings dialog.
    • Tip: add rules to this list by saving with a name starting "GLP_" or "GEP_".
  • Lock icon for Treatments editor
    • Grey lock when just current field is locked
    • Gold lock when entire line/column is locked

  • Rules that hide fields now display on Study Rules editor. The information the rules hide remain hidden (of course!).

Additional Changes

  • Graphing
    • Updated graph control to use new graphing utility. Same functionality, more modern technology
  • Standard Evaluations (SEs)
    • Select multiple SE files from the SE Name validation list (on Assessment Data and SE Definitions)
  • Weather connection
    • Iteris weather import has been renamed to DTN LLC. Same functionality, new name!
  • Validation
    • Minimum, Maximum, and Average values are now validated.
      • Min is not larger than Max.
      • Avg is between Min and Max.

Version 2020.2

September 11, 2020

Study Rules for Confirmation

Require confirmation of critical trial details: GPS coordinates and study rules.
  • Review - Trial Location GPS
    • Display Trial Location GPS dialog to visualize and confirm coordinates once coordinates are entered.

  • Review - Study Rules
    • Require confirmation of study rules upon opening the trial.
    • Trial opens as read-only if rules are not accepted.


Study Contacts

Contacts section of ARM files contain a repeating section, to record contacts of varying roles and responsibilities.

Additional Changes

  • Validation List
    • You can now filter by (Blank) to see only blank entries in a validaition list column.

  • Assessment Images
    • Remove multiple assessment images at one time.


Version 2020.1

May 22, 2020

Copy Application Column

Duplicate application details that are common to other application codes.
  • Paste information to empty fields of selected Application Codes
  • Perform the action on other application-related tabs at the same time.

Delete repeating section

New button for quickly deleting repeating sections. Found on grid rows, columns, and collapsible panels.

Review Folder

Review files by saving them in a folder named ReviewOnly for one-time viewing. A study opened from this folder:
  • opens as read-only
  • is not added to the study
  • is not compared for duplicates.

Additional Changes

  • Open Study
    • Removed "temporary directory" warning when opening ARM files from a folder besides "ARM Data". Now this prompt will only display if opening the file from a temporary Windows directory, like if opening directly from Outlook instead of saving first.

  • Study Rules
    • Display a list of study rules that are included when exporting a Standard Evaluation (SE) file.

    • Added Required/Recommended rules for Treatment fields

    • Study rules added by a user from a different company can now be edited by the protocol owner. Example: Trialist adds their own rules to a trial. Sponsor retains ability to edit/remove those rules.
  • Summary across Trials (ST)
    • Turn off mean comparison test to include non-analyzable data columns for data extraction. Includes ARM Action Codes NM, TTAB, TUPOC, THT, REL.

  • Miscellaneous
    • Upgraded database engine from Access to SQLite. This should resolve support issues arising from 64-bit Office installation and Office updates.

Version 2020.0

February 11, 2020

Graph Weather Data

Visualize daily weather in a trial with the new Weather Graph tool.
  • Plot up to 3 data fields per graph.
  • Use left and right Y-axis for mixed units.
  • Plot cumulative data or individual values.
  • Select a custom date range to plot.
  • Summarize plot data within chosen date range (Min, Max, Avg)

Apply spatial models to assessment data columns

New ARM Action Codes apply a spatial model to an individual data column.
Determine which model to use with new descriptive statistics and recommendations on the Column Diagnostics panel. (at right)
Spatial analysis adjusts mean estimates to attempt to recover unexplained error in a field. Use when the blocking design fails.