What's New

NVivo 8 provides major new features and enhancements that can enrich your research and save you time. Learn about the new features and access the related help topics:


You can now import Adobe PDF (.pdf) and Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) documents. Refer to Importing Documents for more information.

Audio and Video

Take advantage of new tools that enable you to import, play and analyze audio and video files. You can transcribe the media in NVivo or import an existing transcript. If you do not require a transcript, you can code, annotate and link directly on the media. Refer to these topics to get started:

About Audio and Video

Importing Audio and Video

About Transcripts

Coding Audio and Video Sources


You can now import digital pictures such as photos taken in the field or pictures used to elicit participant responses. You can add text descriptions (picture logs) for selected regions of a picture or for the picture as a whole. You can code and annotate directly on the picture or work with the picture log—or do a mixture of both. Here are some useful help topics:

About Pictures

Working with Log Entries

Coding Picture Sources

Making a Picture Gallery

Coding Stripes

NVivo 8 provides enhanced coding stripes that enable you to explore demographic attributes. For example, you can display a stripe to show everything coded at cases to which the attribute value 'male' has been assigned. You can also display a stripe to see what has been coded by a particular researcher. To find out more about coding stripes:

About Coding Stripes

Displaying Coding Stripes


Preview your data using the new thumbnail view—an easy way to see and work with your videos and pictures. Refer to Viewing Thumbnails in List View for more information.


Export your data to HTML files and create a mini-website—a great way to present your findings or share material with colleagues. For example, you could export a node that contains all the references to Community. You could then use your Internet browser to view all the related text, audio, video and images. Refer to Exporting Items for more information.


Create colorful 2D and 3D charts using the Chart Wizard. Charts help you analyze coding—for example, you can compare the nodes coding a particular source, or look at coding by attribute values such as age or gender. You can also generate charts to visually display matrix query results. Refer to these topics to get started:

About Charts

Creating Charts

Copying and Exporting Charts


Create ’user profiles’ to support teamwork. Each team member is identified by their user name and initials which allow you to track work` done by different team members—you can check their coding and see what sources they have created or modified. You can use the Coding Comparison Query to check coding consistency across the team. To find out more about teamwork:

Meeting the Challenges of Teamwork

Working in Teams

Adding User Profiles

User Interface Language

You can now change the user interface language. NVivo is available in English, French, German, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Japanese—the languages you can choose may be limited by your license. Refer to Setting Application Options (General tab) for more information.

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