When you start the new ATLAS,ti 9, you will be greeted by the
Welcome Screen. From there you can access all your projects, the ATLAS.ti News, Video Tutorials and Sample Projects, and you can access your personal ATLAS.ti account.
A wholly redesigned Coding Tool allows you to add new codes, apply existing codes, view or remove applied codes, and view comments, all in one place. When merging codes, information about the merged codes is added to the comment field of the remaining code, and so are all comments of the merged codes. This creates a convenient
Audit Trail of the merge action.
As you retrieve coded data in the new Quotation Reader, you can not only read and review the quotations, you can also see which codes have been applied, add more coding, remove existing coding, or write quotation comments.
If you have enjoyed working with the Auto Coding Tool, you will notice a big improvement. The entire workflow has been optimized; you can build text search queries using Boolean operators, add synonyms that are suggested by ATLAS.ti, include inflected forms, review all results before coding and see whether some codes have already been applied, code selectively, or auto code all results.
In addition, we added two new tools that help you to find relevant things in your data. Long-time ATLAS.ti users may remember the jokingly-named "Relevant Text Search" button in version 7. Back then it was just a distant dream; now this has become more of a reality. ATLAS.ti 9 brings you AI-based
Named Entity Recognition and Sentiment Analysis, machine-learning tools that help you interpret and pre-code your text material. The results are not yet perfect, but AI technology improves quickly, and so will our tools.
Another new feature you will love are the Sankey Diagrams in the Code-Document and Code Co-occurrence Tables. They are a wonderful and super-intuitive way to visualize complex data. - And speaking of intuitive visualization, the table coloring also received a make-over and now includes a
Color Map. Its colors change with quotation frequencies--very handy, and accessible in more ways than one, in that they they are also suitably styled for the color-blind.
Among the most-requested features of all are Text Editing, Paragraph Numbering, and
Print with the Code Margin, and we are happy to oblige! You can now modify existing texts, including lists and tables, add a new text and type, for instance, your field notes, or transcribe directly in ATLAS.ti. Update content in your document, anonymize sources, correct errors; use paragraph reference when citing a source or discussing it in a team; and output your documents along with the codes you have assigned. All of this is now possible.
Related, Quotation References give you paragraphs as start and end position, and the quotation name is now an extra field and no longer just defaults to the first few letters of a quotation.
If you work with audio/video, you can now export Partial Bundle Files that exclude these multimedia files. This makes project transfer so much easier, and saves valuable storage space. At the target location, ATLAS.ti either finds the videos automatically in the library, or you can re-link them to the project.
In ATLAS.ti 9, Word Clouds and a Scope Option in the query tool are also included in the Mac version. If you like the
Dark Mode on your Mac, ATLAS.ti Mac supports it as well.
Finally, the special goody for all ATLAS.ti Windows users: We have turned ATLAS.ti Windows into a full 64-bit version for extra power and speed.