What's new in NVivo 10 for Windows


This topic introduces some of the new features provided by NVivo 10 for Windows—for example, performance improvements, the ability to import web pages, social media data and notes from Evernote.

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Performance improvements—NVivo runs faster and handles more data

We have optimized the way NVivo stores and accesses data, so that it runs faster. We have also enhanced NVivo's operations to maintain good performance as your project size increases and you are working with more (or larger) sources and nodes.

These changes improve performance in many ways—for example, you may notice that NVivo is faster when you:

  • Open, save and close projects

  • Create and open nodes

  • Code and uncode your source materials

  • Delete project items

  • Run queries

  • Use automatic coding features (for example, the Auto Code Dataset Wizard)

Node Detail view now displays large nodes in sections (or blocks) of 100 references, so that nodes open quickly regardless of size. When you are working with large nodes, you can use navigation controls at the bottom of the Detail View to move between the sections.

The maximum size for standalone projects has been increased to 10 GB (previously 4 GB), so you can bring more data into your project.

These changes are designed to make NVivo easier to work with and improve your productivity.

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Get your media professionally transcribed

To save time, you can have your media files professionally transcribed using TranscribeMe (an integrated transcription service). This service provides:

  • Fast turnaround times

  • Security and confidentiality

  • Competitive transcription rates

  • High quality, accurate transcripts in an ‘NVivo-ready’ format

  • Automatic and seamless download of transcripts into your NVivo project

From within NVivo, you can find out how much it will cost to have selected media sources professionally transcribed.  When you submit an order, the media files are securely uploaded to TranscribeMe. Then, when they are ready, transcripts are automatically downloaded into your project and synchronized with your media sources.

Refer to Purchase audio or video transcripts for more information.

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Capture web pages and import them as PDFs

You can gather web pages using NCapture (a web browser extension) and then import them into NVivo as PDF sources.

Capture blogs, news articles and other web pages relevant to your project, and then import them into NVivo as PDF sources. You can then code, annotate and link the content in the PDF, just like you would with any other PDF source in NVivo.

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Import social media data from Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

Are you interested in what people say or the way they communicate in Facebook? You can use NCapture to gather Facebook wall posts and comments by people, organizations or groups relevant to your research.

Do you follow discussions on LinkedIn? You can use NCapture to gather group discussions that are relevant to your research.

Are you interested in the opinions people express via Twitter? You can use NCapture to gather Tweets—for example, you can gather Tweets that

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

  • Mention a particular username

  • Include a particular word or phrase or hashtag

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 code Facebook posts and comments that are part of the same conversation to a node, code LinkedIn conversations by username, or code Tweets by username and hashtag.

NVivo also provides visualizations for Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter datasets to help you see patterns in your data. For example, in a Twitter dataset, you can use the Chart tab to compare activity over time or compare users based on the number of followers they have.

NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 2 (or later) provides a Map tab in social media datasets so you can geovisualize your data—for example, see the geographical spread of social media commentators.

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Work with YouTube videos

NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 2 (or later) enables you to work with YouTube videos.

To play YouTube videos in NVivo, you need an internet connection, Internet Explorer 8 (or later) and Flash Player.

If you want to analyze the comments below the video, you can choose to capture the comments as well as the video. You can explore, analyze and visualize the comments as you would with other types of social media datasets.

Refer to Import from YouTube for more information.

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Import survey responses directly from SurveyMonkey

NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 3 (or later) enables you to import survey responses directly from SurveyMonkey. The imported responses become a dataset source that you can sort, filter or code.

When you import from SurveyMonkey, you can choose which fields to import and give fields more meaningful name. The analysis type (codable or classifying) is automatically assigned based on the SurveyMonkey question type.

If your survey contains a large number of responses, you can import a random sample of responses. If you later decide to import more responses, you can merge them into your existing dataset.

Refer to Import from SurveyMonkey for more information.

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Bring content from OneNote and Evernote into NVivo

Do you use Evernote or Microsoft OneNote to gather material—for example, make notes in the field, gather photos or clip content from web pages? You can now bring this into NVivo and make them part of your project.

Bringing your Evernote materials into NVivo is easy—you can either connect to your Evernote account (in NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 5 or later) or export your notes to an Evernote export file and then import them into NVivo.  

Evernote notes are generally imported as document or PDF sources. Attached files in supported formats are imported as separate sources. If you tag your notes (and include these tags when you export the notes from Evernote), you can choose to convert your tags to coding when you import the notes into NVivo. Refer to Import from Evernote for more information.

The NVivo Add-in for OneNote allows you to export your OneNote content for import into NVivo. You can create a folder structure for your pages. This add-in can be installed when you install NVivo 10 Service Pack 1 (or later). It can also be installed separately. OneNote pages are generally imported as document sources—any attached files in supported formats are imported as separate sources.

 Refer to  Import from OneNote or more information.

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Collect data on mobile devices (with Evernote)

NVivo for Windows Service Pack 5 (or later) lets you connect to your Evernote account from within in NVivo.

When you are collecting data in the field, you may want to use your smartphone or tablet to record interviews, take photos, clip web pages and make notes—you can gather all this material in Evernote (a popular cloud-based app).

Back at your desk, you can connect to your Evernote account (from within NVivo) and easily import the data for analysis.

You can import individual notes or bring in entire notebooks. Most notes are imported as document or PDF sources while attached files (in supported formats) come in as separate sources. If you have tagged your notes, you can choose to convert your Evernote tags to coding when you import the notes into NVivo.  

Refer to Import from Evernote for more information.

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Check spelling in your documents, transcripts and memos

Do you transcribe in NVivo, write memos, create documents or summarize your source materials in a framework matrix? You can use the new spell-check feature to identify and correct spelling mistakes in editable source content and annotations.

NVivo comes with built-in dictionaries for English (UK), English (US), French, German, Portuguese and Spanish.

If your source materials use specialized terms or abbreviations that are not in the built-in dictionary, you can add these words to the custom dictionary (each language has its own custom dictionary). If you already have a custom dictionary that you use with another software application—for example, a custom dictionary of medical terminology—you can use this same dictionary to spell check in NVivo.

You can also spell check in a wide range of languages—if NVivo does not provide a built-in dictionary for the language, you can provide your own custom dictionary.

Refer to Check spelling for more information.

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More audio and video file formats can be imported

NVivo 10 supports a wider range of audio and video file formats.

In addition to the audio and video formats previously supported, you can now import media files in the formats listed below.

  • Audio files in MPEG-4 format (m4a)

  • Video files in 3G Mobile Phone format (3gp)

  • Video files in AVCHD High Definition Video formats (mts, m2ts)

See About sources (What kinds of files can I import?) for the complete list of supported audio and video file formats.

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Pattern-based auto coding is an experimental feature that you can test and try out (we recommend you use NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 5).

This feature uses machine learning algorithms to perform 'broad-brush' coding of text passages that contain similar words to previously coded content. It is designed to speed up the coding process for large volumes of textual content.

This feature will be further developed in future releases of the software. It may work better for some projects than others. For more information, refer to Automatic coding using existing coding patterns.

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NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 5 (or later) enables you to open or import projects created on NVivo 10 for Mac. You can also export or copy an NVivo 10 for Windows project for use on NVivo 10 for Mac.

Refer to Work with your projects on Windows or Mac for more information.

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NVivo 10 comes with new coding summary reports:

  • Coding Summary by Node

  • Coding Summary by Source

These new reports include the coded text content and other information about your coding references.

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General enhancements

In response to user requests, we have made a number of other enhancements in NVivo 10 for Windows, including:

  • Improved functionality for repairing and recovering projects (Service Pack 6)

  • Easy way to check on your pending orders when you purchase transcripts from TranscribeMe (Service Pack 6)

  • Ability to stay logged into your Evernote account (even between NVivo sessions), easily logout or switch to another Evernote account (Service Pack 6)

  • Import content from legacy projects without having to convert them to the latest format (Service Pack 5)

  • Ability to import .png Portable Network Graphics files (Service Pack 4)

  • Support for Simplified Chinese in Word Frequency queries (Service Pack 4)

  • Providing word cloud visualizations for Word Frequency query results, with a range of color and layout options (Service Pack 3).

  • Support for exchanging bibliographical data with Mendeley (Service Pack 3).

  • Support for Japanese in Word Frequency queries (Service Pack 3).

  • Allowing you to replace a license key that cannot be activated (Service Pack 3).

  • Adding a Community feed with News,Tips and Videos to the NVivo Welcome screen (Service Pack 2).

  • Providing the ability to display coding stripes for all the nodes that code an item (Service Pack 1).

  • Allowing you to create new nodes within a folder (rather than a parent node) when auto coding (Service Pack 1).

  • Improvements to the content and display when you export the List View for nodes (Service Pack 1).

  • Windows 8 operating system is supported (Service Pack 1).

  • Providing the option to print coding stripes on the same page as your documents, memos, externals and nodes.

  • Full support for 'drag and drop' coding in datasets, audio/video transcripts and picture logs.

  • Improving Word Frequency query results—they now contain more relevant terms, because additional stop words are now provided for English (UK) and English (US).

  • Allowing you to find nodes that code other nodes—you can now use Advanced Find to find all the theme nodes that code a case node, or find case nodes that are coded at a theme.

  • Providing 100% stacked bar and column charts, which are useful when you want to compare the percentage that each value contributes to the total for the bars or columns.

  • Support for importing references from EndNote X5 and X6.

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Usability improvements

We have made a number of improvements to help make NVivo 10 for Windows easier to use:

  • A new Auto Code Wizard provides access to all of NVivo's automatic coding features (Service Pack 4)

  • A new Query Wizard provides an easy way to create Text Search, Word Frequency, Coding and Matrix Coding queries (Service Pack 3).

  • The readability of PDF content in Node Detail View has been improved by increasing the transparency of the color overlays that indicate uncoded regions and coding context (Service Pack 2).

  • Close button on Detail View provides option to close all other windows (Service Pack 1).

  • Improvements to the way save options are presented when you export project items (Service Pack 1).

  • The 'save project' reminders are not displayed when you are in transcribe mode (Service Pack 1).

  • Confirmation in the Status bar when you code content at a node. (Service Pack 1).

  • Customize the commands on the Quick Access Toolbar to include any command (Service Pack 1).

  • Access the context menus via keyboard. You can now press SHIFT+F10 to access context (right-click) menus.

  • More screen tips—if you hover your mouse over the Navigation View groups or folders or hover over the Quick Coding bar labels, a brief description is provided in a screen tip.

  • NVivo 'remembers' the position of the Detail View—whenever you launch NVivo, the Detail View will be where it was the last time you used the software. This is useful, if you prefer to work with the Detail View on the right.

  • A new ribbon tab makes queries easier to find; and there are minor changes to the size and position of some commands on other tabs, so that frequently used commands are more prominent.

  • Minimize or maximize the ribbon with a single click using a new command on the ribbon.

  • The labeling on some dialog boxes has been improved to make them easier to understand.

  • Each Detail View tab now has its own close button.

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