ATLAS.ti 6.2 New Features

ATLAS.ti 6.2 New Features (FREE Upgrade for all v.6.x Users!)

The foremost professional QDA software has just become yet a whole lot better. The latest update boasts some very innovative and powerful features that we would like to point your attention to. Find the most central changes listed below, or download as PDF document here.

Best of all, this upgrade is once again FREE for all v.6 license holders! To upgrade, simple run the Live Update from the Help menu.

Survey Import

With ATLAS.ti v.6.2, converting the results of a large online survey into a Hermeneutic Unit in ATLAS.ti takes just a few clicks.

This is how it works:

  • Create an online survey using, for example, Google Docs (a very convenient tool, although other frameworks are supported as well)
  • Export the survey as an Excel table once your respondents have filled out the questionnaire
  • Import the table into ATLAS.ti
  • Voilà: Each row (= one respondent) becomes a primary document, and content is collected and created. PD families are created from single and multiple-choice questions; quotations are created for each answer and coded with the respective question (you may use abbreviations). What used to be tedious pre-coding work is now done in a few seconds.

And now you can get started with what really matters: Your analysis! It’s that easy to work with survey data from nearly any source.

PDF Reloaded

The ATLAS.ti PDF engine – already the most powerful in the business – just got even better. These are the significant improvements that have been implemented in version 6.2:

Compatibility

ATLAS.ti can now handle PDF documents up to version 1.7 (ISO 32000, Adobe Acrobat 8). This should cover virtually all existing documents.

Performance

Highly improved performance results in even faster loading, scrolling, searching and auto-coding of PDF documents. Smooth scrolling, zooming, multi-page view and cross-page quotations are now standard.

Look & Feel

Further improvements such as continuous and single page mode, page up and down buttons, and a further refined text selection concept make working with PDF documents even more efficient and smooth.

Navigation Tools

A new bookmark navigator allows you to utilize internal links and tables of contents contained in PDF documents. A thumbnail viewer makes navigating through long documents a breeze when using the scroll bar.

User Interface

You may enjoy the few changes to your familiar user interface:

Margin Area

A new kind of bracket replaces the old thin one. The advantage: Easier recognition of color indicators and easier to point at for menus and drag & drop operations. Additionally, the gradient coloring makes adjacent brackets more distinguishable.

Drop Down Menus

The drop down lists now display the objects images. This makes distinguishing the different types (e.g. documents) easier.

Network Editor

A new, more detailed display mode for network nodes has been introduced. And, very importantly, it is now possible to drag objects FROM the Network Editor.

Additional Improvements:

Font Themes

A new font preferences tab in General Preferences addresses two common issues that users face:

  • Option to reduce the number of fonts offered for a specific language
  • Allow named sets of fonts (themes) that may serve different purposes: presentation, notebook, etc.

The XML-XSL Converter

ATLAS.ti lets users expand the available functionality by editing or creating "style sheets" that control the transformation of HUs into web sites, rich texts and other representations. For version 6.2 we have taken a few steps towards increased usability. This includes a new and reworked set of style sheets plus a few simple ones that encourage learning to create your own. Also, in the XML Converter tool you will find a new version column that lets you sort the new ones to the top, or to the bottom, whichever you prefer.

Drag & drop FROM the network editor

Up until now, the network editor was only a target for drag & drop operations. Dragging something within the editor was reserved for moving nodes across the network editor’s pane. Now, you can move the nodes – or more accurately, the objects they represent – to all possible targets of drag & drop: other network editors

  • Selections in the primary document in brackets and objects in the margin
  • Targets outside ATLAS.ti, e.g. Word™, PowerPoint™

To initiate a drag & drop operation, you need to hold down the ALT key before starting the drag. You will notice that the node does not move as usual. To drag multiple nodes, which is a little more tricky, you need to hold down both the ALT and the CTRL key before starting the drag. This will transfer all selected objects (you need to select them in advance) to an appropriate target. To receive all the selected nodes, you have to release the CTRL key before dropping (releasing the mouse button).

All kinds of families

Create any kind of family from the nodes in a network view.

New look of the Network Editor

As part of a forthcoming complete revision of the network editor we’ve introduced a new node look that goes especially well with colored codes. You can select this option from a drop-down menu that is now available with the toggle button in the toolbar.

What Users Say

I found the interface user-friendly and the tutorial and help functions very clear. The mailing list, newsletter and online forum are invaluable sources of support and collaboration.

John Rautenbach, Dept. Social Work & Social Development, University of Fort Hare, South Africa