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We are pleased to announce the release of a major update for VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition. Version 11 adds several new features and tools to the VantagePoint Smart Charts suite. The highlights are outlined below.
Details on upgrading from an earlier version can be found on our website in the upgrade FAQ.
VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition v11.0's new workflow-oriented interface improves the user's experience by arranging all tools and operations into the 4 basic analysis steps: import, refine, analyze, and report.
The new ribbon toolbar provides quick and easy access to all of VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition's tools. There are seven ribbons in the new design: Home, Refine, Analyze, Report, Editors, View, and Help.
The Home ribbon has the tools you need to start a new analysis, open and save files, perform frequent tasks, and manage sheets in your dataset.
The Refine ribbon has many tools that help you work with datasets, fields, and groups.
The Analyze ribbon contains VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition's tools for deep exploration of your data. It is also the gateway to VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition's scripting engine for specialized and customized tools and workflow.
The Report ribbon has several tools that create visualizations in your dataset for interactive analysis. From here you can export your visualizations for reports and export your enhanced data back to Smart Charts.
The Editors ribbon provides access to the tools you can use to customize your analysis environment with your own thesauri, and Meta Tags.
The View ribbon lets you tailor your workspace and manage the sheets in your datasets. This is where you find the helpful Reset to Default that you can use to restore your workspace to the original as-installed arrangement.
The Help ribbon gives you convenient access to VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition's Help tools and Support links.
Finally, notice the Application button (the compass in the top left corner) and the Quick Access Toolbar (across the top). The Application button provides an easy way to open recent datasets, import new data, export back to Smart Charts, export images, and manage Options. The Quick Access Toolbar gives you an always-visible toolbar you can customize for quick and convenient access to your own selection of VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition's tools.
Type-to-filter to select fields in Title Window, Detail Windows, as well as most dialogs.
These dialogs have been redesigned: Create Matrix, Create Map, Create Sub-dataset, Create List, List Cleanup, Thesaurus, Bubble Chart, Gantt Chart, Cluster Map, Event Timeline, Piano Chart, Duration Timeline, Bullseye, Manage Fields (Copy, Delete, Rename), Export Fielded Records, Combine Groups, Move Groups, and Field Order for Record View.
Drag-and-drop cues for moving, docking, and tabbing Title Window, Detail Windows, Analyst Guide, and My Keywords.
Our data cleaning tools have always been one of the most powerful and popular tools in VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition. VP-SCEv11 introduces two major enhancements to List Cleanup. Click this link to see a video demonstration.
New Dual View Cleanup Confirmation window features two synchronized views on your cleaned data which includes ...
The VP-SCEv11 List Cleanup dialog has been simplified and adds an option to apply a thesaurus before applying the cleanup ruleset. This makes it easier to use user-managed thesauri in the list cleanup workflow.
Bullseye Chart has been added to VP-SCEv11. Generate a 2D Bullseye chart directly in PowerPoint or Excel.
There are big enhancements to the Cluster Map in VP-SCEv11. Cluster Map was first introduced in VP-SCEv11 as a replacement for the retired Aduna Cluster Maps, which was in earlier versions of VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition. VP-SCEv11 extends Cluster Map to include more tools to filter, highlight, and interact with the map. The illustration below points out several of these tools. Users that are acquainted with VP-SCEv11 and the earlier Aduna maps will notice that we have now added back the little yellow balls that represent records in the cluster, where possible. If there are too many records in the cluster to render the yellow balls, the map shows the number of records in the cluster.
Cross-correlation, Auto-correlation, and Factor Maps have been converted to D3 implementations that provide easier interaction and manual rearrangement of the nodes. A new node filter is included, and the link filters have been moved to the legend. Using the right-click menu, you can show or hide the legend and show all the information boxes at once. You can also edit the title of the map.
Bubble Charts and Timeline Gantt Charts have also been converted to D3 visualizations. New features on the Gantt chart include sorting rows (number of records, alpha, reverse-alpha), resizing, editing the chart title, and highlighting the selection on the y-axis.
New Bubble charts add the ability to sort columns and toggle showing or hiding the record number count.
VP-SCEv11 adds a new tool to help you keep VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition up-to-date using "push" notifications from our web site. We have always provided updates via our download pages. But before VP-SCEv11, you may not know there is an update available until you go looking for it. Now beginning with VP-SCEv11, VantagePoint Smart Charts Edition periodically checks your import filters, scripts, thesarui, and other components against the latest versions on the download page. When a newer version is available, you will see a small notification bar under the ribbon.
When you click "Select files to update", you will see a list of the new components along with tools and instructions about how to download and install them.
Right click on a sheet tab to add/edit notes to each sheet in your dataset. Also sheet tabs in your dataset are now color-coded by type to make it easier for the user to find the desired sheet.