NVivo for Mac Overview

NVivo for Mac Overview

  • Import and analyze documents, images, PDFs, audio, video, spreadsheets, web pages, and Twitter and Facebook data.
  • Work with data in virtually any language.
  • Save time by autocoding datasets.
  • Organize information using theme, case, and in-vivo coding.
  • Review your work with coding stripes and highlighting.
  • Import and create editable, synchronized transcripts.
  • Keep track of thoughts and ideas with memos and annotations.
  • Ask questions of your data using text search, word frequency, coding, and matrix coding queries.
  • Visualize and share your data with word tree and word cloud visualizations.
  • Export items to easily share your data, analysis and findings.

Widest data support

Import, manage and analyze text, audio, video, images and spreadsheets. Additionally, download and use NCapture, a simple browser plugin, to collect social media and web content.

NVivo for Mac is the only native Mac qualitative data analysis software that allows you to collect data from both Facebook and Twitter as rich datasets. So you can access the online conversations and content about your topic of interest, but also the valuable data behind the comments, like demographics and locations.

Keep data organized

Use powerful organization and search tools to keep your data under control. Storing all your information in the one place means you can find what you need quickly and easily.

Save time by automatically grouping information based on your set criteria. Store ideas, assumptions and future plans in memos so you can prepare reports faster, and increase transparency and reliability. Use annotations to make notes about information in documents and PDFs as you work, so you don’t lose ideas that you want to explore later.

Categorize and analyze

Use powerful tools to categorize and classify data.

Use coding to bring different themes and topics, or entities like places and people together in a single category, so it’s easier to search, compare and identify patterns in your data. If you’re working with structured datasets, like surveys, take advantage of time-saving auto coding and auto classification functionality.

Keep entities like people and places separate as cases so you can build powerful queries based on attributes like demographic data.

Ask questions of your data

Look for emerging themes and discover words and concepts using text search and word frequency queries.

Search for content based on how it’s been organized using coding queries. Find all content coded at selected nodes and combine multiple criteria to ask deeper questions. Test ideas, explore patterns and see connections between themes, topics, people and places in your project.

Then if you need to understand how groups differ in their opinions, experiences or behaviour, try a matrix coding query.

Visualize your research

Use visualizations to see your data through different lenses and uncover subtle themes, trends and patterns. Use coding stripes and highlighting to review your work. Visually represent words of interest in context, and discover new themes, phrases and lines of enquiry using word trees.

Word clouds help you to find key terms across different sources, themes or your whole project.

When you’re ready to share your findings, export your visualizations and use them to support the story of your research in reports and presentations.


Handle surveys effective

You’ll be able to import and analyse data from spreadsheets, such as the open ended responses from an online survey. Simply import an Excel spreadsheet as a dataset, then get started with your analysis and make sense of survey responses.

When you’re working with hundreds, or even thousands of responses, organizing, or coding, your data can take hours, days and even months. By using the forthcoming auto coding by structure function in datasets, in just a few clicks, you could gather all the responses to a survey into categories for each question. Automatically organize datasets by structure and speed up survey analysis.

Capture ideas, reflections and mark content for follow up

As you explore and code your text sources make sure you don’t lose an idea thread that you might want to follow up on later. Annotations are great for making notes about a particular phrase that stands out to you, or marking content for future follow-up. Annotations is now easier to use, and situated closer to the content they refer to so you can read them in context.

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Word clouds to understand and communicate themes in your data

If you need to quickly understand which words are commonly used in your data, try a Word Frequency query. A Word Frequency query is an exploratory feature that will list the most frequently occurring words in your data and can be used to identify themes and analyse common words used. You’ll be able to view your Word Frequency query results as beautiful word clouds.NvivoMac wordcloud

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NVivo for Mac. True Mac software for qualitative research

Buy your license
It’s the first software for qualitative data analysis that is a true Mac application built to OS X guidelines, providing a true Mac experience for CAQDAS users. You can work with content from documents, PDFs, audio and video, enabling you to evaluate, interpret and uncover social phenomena.

If you have a current NVivo 10 license you can now install and use NVivo for Mac at no extra cost. You can now also access NVivo for Mac via site licenses or purchase individual licenses and training

With NVivo for Mac you can:

  • Work with qualitative content in the form of documents, PDFs, and audio and video media
  • Create, edit, import and work with audio and video transcripts
  • Gather all your material about a theme, idea or topic through ‘coding’
  • Use colored highlighting and coding stripes to display coding visually
  • Create memos to capture your ideas
  • Assign demographic attributes and exchange them with tools such as IBM SPSS Statistics
  • Explore your data, test theories and make discoveries using text search queries and coding queries
  • Identify themes with word frequency queries
  • Organize your data using folders and sets
  • Work with data in virtually any language
  • Easily capture and work with web content (NCapture)
  • Deeper analysis with matrix coding queries
  • Mac Dictation

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If you want to work with content like online news articles, literature or other web pages, it’s now easier with NVivo for Mac. Using NCapture – a web browser extension for Google Chrome – you can capture web pages and online PDFs and easily bring them into NVivo for Mac for analysis.

Matrix coding queries give you the power to explore patterns in your data, such as understanding differences in opinions, experiences and behavior.

If you’re using OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or above, you can use Mac Dictation to input text by speaking instead of typing, a useful tool for tasks like transcribing videos. You can also use text-to-speech options, so your Mac will be able to read the text in your material out loud.

NVivo for Mac – More features coming at no extra charge

QSR International will continue to add new functionality based on your feedback. They plan to further support your work by adding datasets, annotations, matrix coding queries, NCapture, and more. These features will become available via regular free software updates in the coming months.

Working with NVivo 10 for Windows?
If you have a current NVivo 10 license, you can download and use NVivo for Mac at no extra cost for the remaining term of your license. Simply download the software and enter your license key.

NVivo projects can be transferred between NVivo 10 for Windows and NVivo for Mac. NVivo for Windows and NVivo for Mac projects have different project file formats, but you can convert one to the other using the free update NVivo 10 for Windows Service Pack 5.

Accessing NVivo via a site license?
If you’re accessing NVivo through a site license, your site is entitled to provide access to both NVivo 10 for Windows and NVivo for Mac. Contact your site license administrator to find out more about how to access the software.

Looking for NVivo for Mac training?
You can now register for our Getting Started with NVivo for Mac online training. This course combines flexible self-paced study with virtual interaction with an experienced facilitator and class peers. By the end of the course, you will have your project design in NVivo underway and be ready to move forward with your research.

Yet to try NVivo for Mac?
Download a free 30-day trial to try out the software.

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