We are pleased to announce the release of an update for VantagePoint. Version 2020.1 adds several performance enhancements and stability improvements to the VantagePoint suite. The highlights are outlined below.

Downloading and installing VantagePoint 2020

Details on upgrading from an earlier version and transitioning from 32-bit to 64-bit versions can be found on our website in the upgrade FAQ.

2020.1.27818 update highlights (released February 2021):

  • Performance improvements for loading, merging, and deleting fields and groups
  • Increased compatibility for a wider range of APIs
  • Improvements for JSON data handling
  • Fixed multi-file excel import and error handling
  • Add support for numeric data in pivot charts
  • Fixed issues with occasional invalid sheet index
  • Fixed bug where detail view settings were sometimes lost when opening a previously saved file
  • Fixed bugs in Import Filter Editor
  • Fixed bugs in thesaurus editor menu, handling of duplicate items, and performance improvements
  • Improvements to license handling
  • Various UI Enhancements and fixes
  • Fixed crashes in Record Fusion, Detail Views, and Import, and improved logging for future crashes.

Version 2020 highlights (released May 2020):

Import

  • Enhanced Database Import
    • Better Recognition of Data Types in Excel
    • Import CSV files directly with Database Import
    • Performance Improvements

  • Boosted efficiency importing large files

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Refine

  • Use your custom Stopwords and Keepwords in Refine NLP

  • Simplified UI for Combining Datasets

  • New Augment Data feature
    • Simplified UI for Appending fields to existing datasets [Record Fusion]

    • Augment your search results, with related information found in outside online database via publicly accessible API or work with your internal API.

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Analyze

  • AI under your control - use AI to help YOU categorize your data the way you want it.

    • New Smart Trainer algorithm (internally developed)
    • Improved UI to give users better access to classification tools
    • Added Optional Disregard category to Classifications
    • Automatically create new field from categories after performing auto-classification
    • Simplified process for changing training fields.
    • Transfer the analysts knowledge base to new datasets.

  • Find similar records based on text input for invention disclosure review, claim analysis, and more.

  • Find Records by searching for data across multiple fields.

  • Add Records to Group directly from Title or Record Window
  • Calculate Date Difference between two dates, either populated from date fields in the dataset or a fixed date, in days, weeks, months or years.

  • Enhancements for Calculating Statistical data
    • Quickly Create Quartile Groups or add items to a group
    • Added Box plots for analysis at a glance
    • Export data to excel for more flexibility

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Report

  • Added new visualization controls to allow customization to look and feel of charts and graphs after they have been created. This puts more control (color, fonts, size) directly into your hands.

  • Minor enhancements to make Super Profile creation simpler.
  • Pivot Tool enhancements

    • Increased number of possible fields in Pivot Tool to 10.
    • Added Table Bar Chart, Bar Chart, Stacked Bar Chart, and Line Chart to available visualizations
    • Added ability to select groups when selecting fields
    • Updated style to match existing UI
  • New visualization to plot emergence indicators by score and record count. See the major players and topics at a glance.

  • New butterfly chart to compare two items in a list against another field.

  • Allow multi-selection of nodes in cluster map
  • Detail window states saved to file

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Miscellaneous

  • Various bugfixes and performance improvements
  • Improved Dialog sizing when windows DPI is higher than 100%.
  • Streamlined future update process to make updates easier
  • Improve look and feel 

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Additional notes

For this release we've made the 64 bit version the default version due to the wide adoption of 64 bit Windows as the standard operating system. The 64 bit version of VantagePoint has advantages in handling large data samples over the 32 bit version. If you still require the 32-bit version of VP please contact our helpdesk.

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