VantagePoint 2020 Release Notes

Version 2020.1 Update

Release VP2020.1 resolves several issues related to IMPORT and REFINE as well as with using Editors.  In addition, enhancements to REPORTS, and overall stability and speed have been made.


    • Importing multiple files through database import resolved so that files of the same format and layout (same column headers and order) can be imported simultaneously. 
    • When cleaning affiliations, an adjustment has been made to the matching ruleset “Organization Name Extract Main” to lessen the likelihood of incorrectly matching CO and AB with Colorado and Alberta.
    • When using Refine NLP, custom keep words and default stop words is applied correctly.
    • With data augmentation and adding fields from online databases, special characters, i.e., non-English, now import correctly.
    • After combining datasets, no longer is there a loss of data when doing incremental imports.
    • When using the Thesaurus Editor, pop-up windows correctly appear.
    • Import filter editor correctly handles template fields.  Your custom fields will now import correctly. 
    • Errors when activating licenses, both online and via Email, have been resolved.
    • Saving a vpt file with sheets having identical names is no longer an issue as each sheet is now assigned a unique ID.
    • When creating new fields, lists and datasets, users will see much improved stability.


    •  Import now recognizes tab delimited files.
    • When augmenting data from online databases, our API import engine was enhanced to handle APIs with certain login requirements and query limits
    • Pivot Tool enhanced to aggregate unique values in numeric data with Count, Sum, Average, Median and Maximum.  For example, compare the count of forward citations to your top patent assignees based on the citations’ Sum, Average, Median and Maximum.

    • You will see your groups loading much faster.  This is of particular significance where thesauri are used to group lists into hundreds even thousands of groups. 

Version 2020 Major Release


  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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