Release notes

NVivo for Mac (Version 11)

This topic describes new features and enhancements in NVivo for Mac (Version 11).

For information about known issues in this software, refer to the FAQs section of the QSR website.

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What's new in NVivo for Mac

Improved coding experience

Now you can code even faster than before with the new coding panel available in NVivo for Mac  (Version 11.3).

Select some content and then click Code at the top of Detail View—or use the keyboard shortcut (⌘ + /)—to display the coding panel and code to an existing, new or recent node.

Import data from OneNote Online

If you use OneNote Online, you can now bring your pages into NVivo for Mac (Version 11.3).

There are many different ways you can use OneNote to gather your materials. For example:

  • If you are working in the office, you can use the desktop version of OneNote to clip web pages, make notes and keep to-do lists.

  • If you are working in the field, you can use OneNote on your smartphone or tablet to record field observations, record interviews or take photos of research settings and participants.

You can import your notes by connecting to your work, school or Microsoft account from within NVivo, and then selecting the pages that you want to import.

Visualize your ideas and data in new ways

NVivo for Mac  provides new visualizations:

  • Mind maps let you brainstorm ideas and visualize your thoughts. Once you've created a mind map, you can automatically turn your ideas into theme nodes. (Version 11.2 or later)

  • Explore diagrams focus on a single project item, showing all of the items connected to that item. The power of this diagram is that it is dynamic, allowing you to step forward and back through your project data to explore the connections between items. (Version 11.2 or later)

  • Comparison diagrams can show you what two items have in common and where they differ. Generate a comparison diagram to compare two of the same type of project items—sources, nodes or cases—to see their similarities and differences. (Version 11.3 or later)

  • Hierarchy charts can help you to see coding patterns and compare sources or nodes based on their attribute values. You can display the hierarchy chart as a tree map or a sunburst. (Version 11.2 or later)

Import your bibliographic data from reference management tools

If you conduct a literature review using EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero, you can import the references into NVivo for Mac.  

You can import bibliographic references from:

  • EndNote XML files into NVivo for Mac (Version 11.1 or later).

  • Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero RIS files into NVivo for Mac (Version 11.3 or later)

When you import bibliographic data:

  • References without associated files are imported into NVivo as external sources.

  • References with associated files can be imported into NVivo as internal sources.

  • Sources created when you import your references are assigned to a source classification (so that reference information can be stored as attribute values on the source).

  • If you have made notes about your references, these notes can be imported into NVivo as linked memos.

Support for teamwork

NVivo for Mac (Version 11.1 or later) supports working in teams with the following new features:

  • Import project  If more than one user wants to work on a project at the same time, you can establish a 'master' project, and then give a copy of the master project to each team member. The team members work in the copied projects while you work in the master project. At regular intervals, import your team members' work into the master project.

  • Coding comparison query  A Coding Comparison query enables you to compare coding done by two users or two groups of users on text sources—for example, documents and PDF. Compare coding to measure the 'inter-rater reliability' (Kappa coefficient) or degree of agreement for coding between the users. You can choose to base the calculations on character, sentence or paragraph. You can choose to display the results with weighted values (source size is taken into account when calculating the overall results for each node).

If you have NVivo for Mac (Version 11.1.1 or later), you can also see where there is agreement or disagreement in coding between users or groups of users.  Green, yellow and blue shading helps you to quickly see which passages were coded the same or differently.

  • Remove (and merge) project user profiles  You can remove a user profile and nominate a 'replacement user'—all project content associated with the user you are removing, will be associated with the replacement user.

Work with picture sources

You can import photos or other images and analyze them in NVivo as picture sources. When working with a picture source you can:

  • Create a log to record notes about the picture or about regions of the picture.

  • Code the picture or regions of the picture directly, or code the text in the log.

Import social media data from Facebook and Twitter

You can use the NCapture browser extension (available from the Chrome Store) to gather Facebook wall posts and comments by organizations or public groups relevant to your research.

You can also use NCapture to gather Twitter content—for example, you can gather Tweets that:

  • Mention a particular username.

  • Include a particular word or phrase or hashtag.

  • Are by a person or organization that is relevant to your project.

Social media data collected with NCapture is imported into NVivo as a dataset source, and NVivo provides special auto coding features to help you group the data. For example, you can auto code Facebook posts and comments that are part of the same conversation to a node. Similarly, you can auto code Tweets by username and hashtag.

Add demographic information to cases when you auto code a dataset

Now when you auto code a dataset, you can quickly classify the case nodes you create.

For example, if your dataset contains responses to a survey with demographic information about the respondents, you can use the Auto Code Assistant to:

  • Create cases for each respondent.

  • Classify (assign attribute values to) each of the cases.

  • Code the responses to each of the cases.

Improved cases experience

  • Case nodes are now stored in their own folder within your project and have their own unique icon, so it's easier to identify the cases in your project.

  • When you open (and convert) an NVivo for Mac (Version 10) project, classified nodes are converted to cases and stored in the Cases folder.

Usability improvements

  • Coding is now faster and easier with the new coding panel. Select content to code and click Code at the top of Detail View—or use the (⌘ + /) keyboard shortcut. (Version 11.3 and later)

  • General improvements to performance when creating, merging or coding to nodes. (Version 11.3 and later)

  • General improvements to performance when creating or copying sources. (Version 11.3 and later)

  • Showing or hiding columns in a dataset is now easier and more intuitive. The improved design also enables you to see how many columns are hidden.

  • Showing only a small number of columns in a dataset is now easier—you can now hide all columns in a dataset. (Version 11.1 and later)

  • Manual coding of dataset content is now easier with drag and drop coding. (Version 11.1 and later)

  • Selecting a small number attributes to include when auto coding a dataset for cases is now easier—you can now clear the selection of attributes. (Version 11.1 and later)

  • Viewing all annotations in a source is now easier and more intuitive with the improved design of the annotations icon.

  • Changing the style of a word cloud is now easier and more intuitive with the improved design of the gallery icon.

  • Exporting a word cloud is now easier and more intuitive—you can right-click anywhere in the word cloud, including on a word. (Version 11.1 and later)

General enhancements and fixes

  • Added: Ability to sort and filter datasets.

  • Improved: Text selection in some PDF sources.

  • Resolved: Incorrect behavior when uncoding media using the coding stripes from the node reference view.

  • Resolved: Problem setting a new attribute value as default in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Unable to show/hide columns in a dataset with coding stripes displayed.

  • Resolved: Unexpected scrolling when clicking on a selection in a document on a system running Mac OS X 10.10.

  • Resolved: Scroll bars not visible in Detail View on systems running Mac OS X 10.10.

  • Resolved: Unable to undo when classifying sources or modifying classification of sources or cases.

  • Resolved: File encoding specified by the user is ignored when importing transcript rows.

  • Resolved: Error when merging classifications with the 'Include Attributes' option selected.

  • Resolved: Crash when importing particular PDF sources.

  • Resolved: Crash when creating or opening a text search query, if the Baskerville font was missing from the system.

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Version 11.1 — 8 December 2015

  • Added: Ability to import bibliographic references from an EndNote XML file exported from EndNote X2, X3, X4, X5, X6 or X7.

  • Added: Ability to import another NVivo for Mac project into the open project.

  • Added: Coding Comparison query on text sources to compare coding done by two users or two groups of users.

  • Added: Ability to add color to sources, nodes, users and attribute values.

  • Added: Ability to code a dataset using drag and drop.

  • Improved: Hiding of columns in datasets. You can now hide all columns in a dataset—this makes it easier to display only a small number of columns.

  • Improved: Selection of attributes to include when automatically coding a dataset for cases. You can now clear the selection of attributes—this makes it easier to select only a small number of attributes.

  • Resolved: Unable to export a word cloud when right-clicking on a word.

  • Resolved: Problem cancelling the automatic coding of a dataset when coding at cases for each value in a column.

  • Resolved: Incorrect format hint provided for date attribute values in open classification sheet.

  • Improved: Performance when cancelling the import of a dataset.

  • Improved: Performance when importing a social media dataset—datasets are now imported more quickly.

  • Resolved: Problem with word tree breaking up a word (for example, 'fishin—g' instead of 'fishing') if the search term occurs at the end of a cell or document.

  • Resolved: Text within angle brackets—for example, '<my text>'—does not display in an export of a node.

  • Resolved: Crash when coding to a new node in a user folder if a node with the same name already exists in the top level system folder (e.g. Nodes).

  • Resolved: Crash when changing the item properties panel to floating on systems running Mac OS X 10.11.

  • Resolved: Problem using drop down menus on the ribbon when NVivo for Mac is maximized on systems running Mac OS X 10.11.

  • Resolved: Problem displaying properties of a dataset on systems running Mac OS X 10.11.

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Version 11.1.1 — 16 December 2015

  • Improved: Coding comparison query results now provide the ability to see where there is agreement or disagreement in coding between users or groups of users.  Green, yellow and blue shading helps you to quickly see which passages were coded the same or differently.

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Version 11.2 — 26 April 2016

  • Added: Ability to create mind maps to brainstorm ideas and visualize thoughts.

  • Added: Ability to create explore diagrams to show the items connected to a single project item.

  • Added: Ability to create hierarchy charts to compare aspects of your data and visualize a hierarchy.

  • Added: Ability to automatically display the user interface language in French, German and Spanish (Mexico) based on the preferred language in Mac OS X System Preferences.

  • Improved: Behavior and stability after receiving an error message about incompatible values while importing attribute values.

  • Improved: Scrolling behavior in picture logs and transcripts.

  • Improved: Behavior when using the shortcut menu to open a node from a coding stripe in an audio, video, or picture source.

  • Improved: User now gets notified during dataset import, if they try to assign Boolean type to a column that contains an empty cell.

  • Resolved: Problem creating new folders or sets  in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Unable to undo the import of an audio or video.

  • Resolved: If the name of NVivo application contains a bracket, for example NVivo(2).app, users were experiencing problems with import or export.

  • Resolved: Crash in certain scenarios when working with classification sheets containing decimal type attributes.

  • Resolved: Crash when selecting a cell in a classification sheet that was created by auto coding and classifying a dataset.

  • Resolved: Using 'select all' to code all PDF text to a node could cause incorrect matrix coding query results.

  • Resolved: For locales where a comma indicates a decimal point, running a coding query with a decimal attribute in the criteria may fail to return results.

  • Resolved: For locales where a comma indicates a decimal point, problems displaying node contents after opening an audio or video source containing a transcript.

  • Resolved: Matrix coding query displays incorrect results in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Crash when exporting coding comparison query results while an item in the results is selected.

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Version 11.2.1 — 29 April 2016

  • Resolved: Crash after selecting project items on some systems running Mac OS X 10.11.

  • Resolved: Crash in some scenarios when upgrading a project from NVivo for Mac (Version 10).

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Version 11.2.2 — 24 May 2016

  • Improved: Stability when coding.

  • Improved: For locales where a comma indicates a decimal point, improved behavior and stability when working with datasets.

  • Resolved: Crash in certain scenarios when working with classification sheets containing dates on systems running Mac OS X 10.11.

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Version 11.3 — 2 August 2016

  • Added: Support for importing content from OneNote Online. Users can connect to their work, school or Microsoft account from within NVivo for Mac, and then select the pages to import.

  • Added: Ability to import bibliographic references from a Mendeley, RefWorks or Zotero RIS file.

  • Added: Ability to generate comparison diagrams to compare two of the same type of project items.

  • Added: Ability to give feedback about NVivo for Mac. Choose Help > Submit Feedback to open a simple survey.

  • Improved: Coding is now faster and easier with the new coding panel.

  • Improved: Performance when creating, merging or coding to nodes.

  • Improved: Performance when creating or copying sources.

  • Improved: Stability when using auto code to classify a dataset where the resulting classification sheet has empty date cells.

  • Improved: Stability when working with aggregated nodes with a very large number of child nodes.

  • Improved: Behavior when pasting text that has been coded to a case--the new text will now correctly be coded to the case.

  • Resolved: Unable to import the first record when importing dataset.

  • Resolved: When a user profile is removed from a project, any saved queries with user criteria now contain the replacement user.

  • Resolved: Crash when working with a hierarchy chart for attribute values in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Crash when deleting a coded log if a hierarchy chart containing nodes or cases that code the log is displayed.

  • Resolved: Crash when deleting a project item that is included in the results preview of a coding query.

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Version 11.3.1 — 9 August 2016

  • Improved: Stability when opening projects in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Unable to open PDF, image or media files on some systems running Mac OS X 10.10.

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Version 11.3.2 — 6 September 2016

  • Improved: PDF scrolling behavior when using a trackpad.

  • Improved: Performance when clicking on a branch in the word tree view of a Text Search query with a large number of results.

  • Resolved: Some sources or nodes were not loading in projects with more than 1000 project items.

  • Resolved: Projects with a single quote (') or double quote (") in the project name were not opening.

  • Resolved: Unable to import projects originally created in NVivo 10 for Mac in certain scenarios.

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Version 11.4 — 17 January 2017

  • Added: Support for printing. You can now print sources, nodes, cases, map, charts and diagrams as well as lists of sources, nodes and cases.

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Version 11.4.1 — 6 June 2017

  • Resolved: Viewing 'Entire' coding context in node reference view.

  • Improved: PDFs now display correctly and are more responsive when scrolling.

  • Improved: Some file types could not be correctly identified and failed to import correctly.

  • Resolved: Crash when opening a new Mind Map in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Crash when importing NCapture files in certain scenarios.

  • Resolved: Crash when running a Matrix Coding query which references a dataset with no codable columns.

  • Resolved: Unable to print a document that contains a URL in the header or footer.

  • Resolved: Can't merge projects containing sources linked to media files stored outside the project.

  • Resolved: Ribbon icons not displaying correctly on systems running MacOS 10.12.

  • Resolved: Display of Mind Maps on systems running MacOS 10.12.

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Version 11.4.2 — 21 September 2017

  • Added: Support for systems running macOS 10.13 High Sierra and APFS (Apple file system).

  • Improved: Performance when coding PDFs with a large number of coding references.

  • Improved: Users are now alerted when attempting to include non-alphanumeric characters in passwords.

  • Improved: Faster display of Node Properties when working with large amounts of nodes.

  • Resolved: When working with picture regions and datasets, grayed out items are no longer displayed in the context menu.

  • Resolved: When working with sources, grayed out options are no longer displayed in the ribbon.

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Version 11.4.3 — 12 December 2017

  • Resolved: Invalid license extend issues can now be resolved directly by the user.

  • Resolved: Problems with drag and drop coding on systems running MacOS 10.13.

  • Resolved: Problems displaying parts of the New Project dialog on systems running MacOS 10.13.

  • Resolved: Exporting of certain PDFs was causing NVivo to crash.

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