Changes for iNZight

iNZight 4.1.1

  • fix bug preventing 'survey design specification' window from being visible
  • fix typos in 'transform variables' window and 'convert (multiple) to categorical'

iNZight 4.1

Major changes


  • NEW: better handling of survey designs using our new 'Survey design specification' format. This allows users to load pre-configured surveys from a single 'specification' file, while may optionally point at a dataset for an all-in-one import.
  • survey 'data wrangling' support for almost all operations (others have been greyed out to prevent invalid actions by users); code is valid, using 'srvyr' package to provide 'dplyr'-like syntax for survey designs


  • refactor of the Aggregate Data functionality, allowing users to select more than three variables and to perform aggregation over a subset of variables
  • Join data now allows users to select an existing dataset, in addition to importing a new one (#340, @tmelliott)
  • updated preferences window to allow new options to be added in future without getting cluttered
  • create new 'Form Class Intervals' window connecting to iNZightTools::form_class_intervals() function; includes code and a much smoother intervace, with preview of resulting intervals

Minor changes

  • when loading a new data set, exisiting datasets are kept (previously they were all removed; at this point I don't know why that design decision was made ...)
  • allow user to delete any dataset (including the original); the previous dataset is loaded in it's place
  • user preferences are are now stored in tools::R_user_dir(); user is prompted to create config directories
  • enable code tidying (which uses the 'styler' package)
  • the disposeR argument in iNZight() has been replaced with dispose_fun, allowing users to pass a function to be called when iNZight closes (rather then only allowing q())

Bug fixes

  • fix bug when setting new data object causing code history and data's new name to be lost
  • fix small bug in code writing where colon (:) remained in list of packages for installation (#352, @tmelliott)
  • add close_module method so modules can close themselves and iNZight's main GUI will be restored correctly

Plus many other fixes and changes from other iNZight packages

iNZight 4.0.3

  • fix bug preventing Add to Plot > Axes from displaying correctly if dot plot variable 1 was the factor (instead of Var2) (#348, @tmelliott)

iNZight 4.0.2

  • fixes a bug in code widget preventing UI from updating correctly (#334, @tmelliott)
  • fix bug in File > Reload causing crash if data hadn't been loaded yet (#332, @tmelliott)
  • disable Identify Points for hexbin/grid plots and histograms (#326, @tmelliott)
  • disable dot plots for survey data (#325, @tmelliott)

iNZight 4.0.1

  • fix UI bug requiring users to press Enter to set the null hypothesis value in the Get Inference window
  • fix bug in restore plot for ggplots

iNZight 4.0

This release is a complete overhaul of the way in which variables are passed around behind the scenes, making it possible to display and modify code for the current plot. The main focus for this release is to narrow the gap between GUI and coding for users interested in learning to use R.

Major changes

  • New iNZInfoWindow class to support both "Get Summary" and "Get Inference" which includes future scalability to code-writing and manual user-modifiable code snippets, plus an extensible command panel.
  • New plot code panel displays the code for the current plot, and allows users to edit the code by hand.
  • Survey designs can now be loaded from a file (.svydesign)

Minor changes

  • Add option to save interactive plots locally (including assets)
  • Add support for JSON files
  • Add data report (pdf/html/word) (using 'dataMaid' package)
  • Add column selection and reordering dialog (File > Select and reorder variables)
  • Adds ability to quickly reload iNZight from the File menu, preserving all changes
  • Added better icons to the menus

Bug fixes

Since this is a major release, it includes many bug fixes as part of the above major changes.

iNZight 3.5.3

  • New Module Manager
  • Beta functionality: save and load the iNZight session. Accessible by first going to File > Preferences and turning on developmental features (requires restart).
  • pass NULL to scale/rscale when specifying survey replicate design type that does not ask user for them
  • fix function name from iNZightPlots

iNZight 3.5.2

  • move makeNames() method (part of iNZDataModWin) to 'iNZightTools' package as iNZightTools::make_names()
  • specify stringsAsFactors = TRUE for upcoming R 4.0.0
  • manage modules from the Advanced menu
  • pass colby and locate variable to interactive plot

iNZight 3.5.1

  • load from clipboard option
  • add option to import data from a URL as well as local files
  • remove equal variance checkbox for survey design (two way t-test)
  • survey design code pasted together with a new line when deparse returns multiple lines (#281, @tmelliott)

iNZight 3.5

Release date: 11 November 2019

  • allow users to change column types for all import types (cat/num)
  • reset axis limits when either V1 or V2 change (temp fix until something less aggressive is implemented)
  • make title/xlab/ylab boxes reactive to keystroke
  • add RData/rda and RDS import methods to main Import window, removing Load and Save options from File menu
  • disable plotly for ridgeline density plots
  • use temporary directory for ggplot thumbnails
  • some naming changes to plot modification UI
  • deleting plots in "Plot History" window will now remove them from the plot list in the window immediately
  • gridplots now have palette selection
  • cut-point option for diverging stacked bar charts
  • the plot history window now reruns the code used for previous plots instead of storing the plot itself
  • the plot history window now has a textbox for users to modify code and run in an temporary environment
  • sortable plots now have ascending/descending option
  • enable inference for survey designs
  • addon modules now available (as a developmental feature)
  • add option to export as rda
  • allow user to select which Excel sheet to import
  • enable transparency for ridgeline plots
  • enable palettes, colouring, etc. for barcode plots

iNZight 3.4.6

Release date: 23 September 2019

  • add gallery of previously stored plots for ggplots
  • rearrange controls for ggplots
  • add ability to rotate x/y axis for ggplots
  • change the default number of observations a square represents in gridplots

iNZight 3.4.5

Release date: 2 September 2019

  • adds option to perform hypothesis test on a single proportion
  • allow users to request simulated p-value from chi-square tests
  • add option to change the number of observations a square represents in gridplots
  • add option for ridgeline ggplot
  • add controls for the width and method of swarming for beeswarm plots
  • label changes to ggplot controls

iNZight 3.4.4

Release date: 26 August 2019

  • fix warnings that occur from family = "normal" fonts
  • fix preferences storage location on Windows Install version of iNZight
  • fix bug preventing Get Summary/Inference from working with FT plots

iNZight 3.4.3

Release date: 13 August 2019

  • allow user to remove calibration design from calibration window
  • change how frequency variable is stored so it is retained after filter/modifying the dataset
  • improve how replicate weights are displayed, and addition of 'remove' button
  • add option to dataset menu to view the (entire) dataset using utils::View()
  • add search box to filter long variable lists (iNZight home panel)
  • add option to change ggplot theme of Financial Times plots
  • add beeswarm option for plotting (using ggbeeswarm)
  • add ability to include captions for sources in Financial Times plots

iNZight 3.4.2

Release date: 22 July 2019

  • modules directory no longer used (or created) on Windows, to help the updater
  • fix bug in point sizing when removing/adding box plot from dotplots

iNZight 3.4.1

Release date: 15 July 2019

  • allow users to specify replicate weights in the survey design
  • specify post stratification information to existing survey design
  • specify frequency column to use in plots, summary, and inference
  • add suite of Financial Times plots (using ggplot2) (#211, @daniel-barnett)

iNZight 3.4

Release date: 30 April 2019

Dates and times

  • convert variables into datetimes (Variables > Dates and times)
  • extract time information from a datetime variable (such as the hour, or year)

Merging and reshaping data sets

  • reshape data from long to wide, and vice versa
  • merge data sets using *_join()
  • join data sets by appending rows

Other changes and fixes

  • add axis transformation (log-10) for numeric variables
  • switch between counts/percentages in bar plots
  • import SAS files (.sas7bdat and .xpt)
  • add dataset validation module
  • allow switching between categorical and numeric data types in import window
  • fixes, and export additional variables, for interactive maps
  • when importing RDS files, character variables are converted to factors

iNZight 3.3.7

Release date: 05 April 2019

  • small change to patch bug in iNZightPlots package

iNZight 3.3.6

Release date: 12 February 2019

  • fix a bug in Get Inference which showed x and y the wrong way around

iNZight 3.3.5

Release date: 01 February 2019

  • update API for module windows to create header (title), body (with scrollbar), and footer (for buttons)

iNZight 3.3.4

Release date: 16 January 2019

  • fix a bug in which the preferences menu wouldn't open up

iNZight 3.3.3

Release date: 07 January 2019

  • menu now reacts to the environment (plus major internal code refactoring)
  • now showing a dataset summary under Get Summary when no variables selected
  • updated the maps landing page
  • specifying survey design now writes code history

  • remove NULL arguments from survey design call
  • modules path is prepended to libPaths

  • added unit testing

iNZight 3.3.2

Release date: 15 November 2018

  • add dataset summary information to Get Summary (when no variables selected)
  • add interact button
  • fix call for survey design objects (remove NULL arguments)
  • fix bug that prevented iNZight to launch on some macs

iNZight 3.3.1

Release date: 10 August 2018

  • fix bug in reading non-csv files

iNZight 3.3

Release date: 15 August 2018

  • import data now uses updated functions which return the file-specified code, available from Advanced > R Code history
  • maps module completely renovated
  • interactive plots have recieved more updates and fixes

iNZight 3.2.2

Release date: 25 May 2018

  • fix bug in import window where some character encodings were being distorted
  • fix typo in import window info box
  • catch import errors, so the "please wait" dialog hopefully doesn't stay open forever

iNZight 3.2.1

Release date: 21 Febuary 2018

  • fix small issue in import module that prevented reading of non-UTF-8 csv files

iNZight 3.2

Release date: 23 January 2018

New Features

  • New developmental code writing feature has been added, which writes tidyverse code for common data/variable manipulations
  • Manage your datasets with the updated data set widget, just above the data set view!
  • Added the ability to control font size in Summary/Inference windows via File > Preferences

Minor Changes

  • The Reorder Levels window has been reconfigured to, hopefully, make it easier to use
  • Filtering no longer clears the slots
  • Import data [beta] is ... no longer beta!
  • Updated the splash screen to be up-to-date, and attempt to be friendly ...

Bug Fixes

  • saving residuals/predicted values works if you select only quadratic or cubic

iNZight 3.1.6

Release date: 12 January 2018

  • Add font size option to preferences for the Get Summary/Inference windows

iNZight 3.1.5

Release date: 02 October 2017

  • More bug fixes/minor improvements

iNZight 3.1.4

Release date: 25 August 2017

  • Add basic code history to model fitting module
  • few bug fixes

iNZight 3.1.3

Release date: 18 August 2017

  • Fixes for Interactive plots
  • BETA release of new Model Fitting module

iNZight 3.1.2

Release date: 02 June 2017

  • Integrate changes in iNZightPlots

iNZight 3.1.1

Release date: 23 March 2017

  • Additions:
    • Time Series module update to new UI
    • Added Import Data (Beta) module (alongside existing one)
    • Save plots as SVG or Interactive HTML (Beta)
  • Update Gapminder data
  • Survey design object is now passed to Model Fitting module (will soon be depreciated)
  • Various other bug fixes in supporting packages

iNZight 3.1

Release date: 13 December 2016

Main changes in this update are within the Inference functions; t-tests performed on request.

New Features

  • Hypothesis testing: new option under Get Inference
    • one-sample t-tests, two-sample t-tests, ANOVA, and one- and two-way Chi-square testing
    • ability to adjust null value and alternative hypothesis in t-tests
    • ability to specify pooled variance alternative for two-sample t-test
  • Store predicted values and residuals under Get Summary (for scatter plots and ANOVA)
  • Added SURFIncomeSurvey data set (200 row subset) to examples

Minor Changes

  • "factor" reworded to "categorical" in summary/inference output
  • some of the inference output has been adjusted slightly for consistency (see above)

Bug Fixes

  • Fix a bug in inference output where reorded factors' confidence intervals and p-values were not reordered!
  • Fix issue where confidence intervals for two-way table row proportions were ordered incorrectly

iNZight 3.0.3

Release date: 12 October 2016

  • Bug fix: can now change colours of histograms

iNZight 3.0.2

Release date: 04 October 2016

  • Add "Updates Available" text back to the title (when they're available, of course!)

iNZight 3.0.1

Release date: 23 September 2016

  • Fix up labels and icons so plot toolbar and plot menu match
  • Fix a bug where two-level bar plots failed to draw
  • Fix a bug where empty levels in two-way bar plots failed to draw
  • Fix locator for dot plots
  • Fix the updates available checker

iNZight 3.0

Release date: 5 Septemer, 2016

This is a major new release of iNZight, so many things have changed. We hope you like them!

New Features

Here's just a few of the major new features to iNZight.

  • Example data sets available from the File menu
  • Play time can now be stopped, and the interval adjusted
  • Switch variables with the one below by clicking the "down" arrow to the right of the variable box
  • Maps Module - visualise geographical data:
    • Coordinates: if your data set includes GPS coordinates for each observation, iNZight will let you plot them on a map.
    • Countries: if observations have country names associated with them, you can colour countries on a map by another variable. Try this out with the Gapminder data set included in Example Data!
  • Dual Window mode - if you've used VIT, then this will be familiar to you. From File > Preferences, you can choose to have a separate window for graphs (as opposed to the built-in one).

Major Changes

We can't list everything here, but some of the important ones are listed below.

  • Plot toolbar has new icons
  • Add to Plot window completely redesigned to make plot modification easier
  • Resize points has been adjusted to resize the area proportional to the value. Also added an "emphasize" option, which scales sizes linearly.
  • COLOUR: new, better palettes have been introduced, including viridis, which are colourblind friendly.
  • Multiple Response has been overhauled to be more intuitive and fit in with the rest of iNZight.
  • (temporary) Just a quick workaround for analysing tables in iNZight: Dataset > Expand Table

Minor Changes

Given the magnitude of changes, there's little point mentioning the minor ones and bug fixes!

iNZight 2.5.1

Release date: 16 November 2015

  • correct the names and URLs in the 'Help > User Guides' menu
  • fix bug that occurs when 'Colour by' variable has only one unique value

iNZight 2.5

Release date: 08 November, 2015

New Features

  • specify colours for dotplots and scatterplots from the Add to Plot > Code more variables screen.

iNZight 2.4.3

Release date: 02 November 2015

  • Improve smoothness of dotplot transitions by only redrawing when the scaling has changed.

iNZight 2.4.2

Release date: 28 October 2015

  • Add option to display labels internally on numeric x factor
  • Fix from iNZightPlots for Get Summary (n.missing now correct)

iNZight 2.4.1

Release date: 21 October 2015

  • Remove dependency on RODBC package; this causes issues on Mac attempting to manually install.

iNZight 2.4

Release date: 12 October, 2015

New Features

  • Include FPC (finite population corrections) in survey designs

Major Changes

  • Replace the drag-drop boxes for variabes with drop-down boxes for an alternative method of variable selection. Drag-and-drop functionality has been retained.

Bug Fixes

  • Fix the enabling/disabling of buttons when survey designs are specified.
  • When closing the survey design window, they specified design is now checked for validity before saving the design.
  • Fix bug in the Multiple Response module that gave an "inverse" error message.
  • Various other small fixes throughout iNZight and other dependency pacakges. See their change logs for details.

iNZight 2.3

Release date: 4 August, 2015

New Features

  • SURVEY DESIGNS: iNZight can now handle survey designs (currently Strata, 2-stage (nesting) clustering, and a weighting variable. Plots take account of this structure and inference that displays (currently only trend lines on bivariate plots) use functions from the survey packages and thus incorporate weights.
  • Adjust the axis limits from the Add to Plot menu.
  • Adjust the number of bars displayed on a bar plot from the Add to Plot menu.

Minor Changes

  • the plot tool bar has been added to the Menubar at the top of the page. This allows users to work in a dual-window mode (with a narrow iNZight interface and a separate plotting window) and still be able to access plot functions.

Bug Fixes

  • fixes to a few issues occuring in dotplots
  • display an error if Add to Plot is called without any variables having been selected

iNZight 2.2.0-1

Release date: 01 July 2015

  • iNZightPlots package: fix colour of segmented bar plots to match the legend

iNZight 2.2.0-2

Release date: 27 July 2015

  • Fix mapping of confidence intervals (instead of comparison intervals) to Year 12 intervals in dot plots.

iNZight 2.2

Release date: 16 June, 2015

New Features

  • users can specify a window size in File > Preferences
  • Links to the User Guides found on our website have been added, including help buttons in the Add To Plot and Inference Information windows.

Major Changes

  • LOCATE functionality now included for dot plots. Also fixes several bugs in the previous update for locating points in scatter plot.

Minor Changes

  • the "Row Operations" menu has been renamed "Data"

iNZight 2.1.1

Release date: 09 June 2015

  • fix a dependency issue required for aggregating data sets

iNZight 2.1

Release date: 25 May, 2015

New Features

  • New hexagonal binning plot available to large samples
  • Live updating sliders for the "Add to Plot" panel, which is now embedded into the main window rather than creating an additional pop-up window

Major Changes

  • The "Add to Plot", "Remove Additions" and "Inference Information" windows have been integrated into the main window with the aim of making the interface cleaner and easier to navigate.
  • When colouring points by a numeric variable, a continuous colour range is used rather than a discrete one.
  • The plotting package has been rewritten to accomodate survey designs (this will be integrated with iNZight itself at a later date). However, the plots have been modified to be cleaner and far more efficient. Additionally, the algorithms used for the inference information have been updated. For more information on this, see the iNZightPlots change log.
  • The "Get Summary" and "Get Inference" outputs have been redesigned to hopefully give a more intuitive, cleaner presentation of the information.
  • From dot plots and histograms, the comparison (and confidence) interval values can be read from the graph by clicking 'Get Values' in the 'Inference Information' panel. This includes the Year 12 intervals applied to medians.
  • LOCATOR: functionality for scatterplots vastly improved, allowing selection of related points, retaining points over multiple graphcs, and selecting points by a variable. (similar upgrades for dot plots coming in v2.2)

Minor Changes

  • the number of missing values is now displayed on the plot, broken down by variable
  • the list of options in the 'Add to Plot' window are now in a drop down menu, rather than radio buttons, to save space
  • many other small UI improvements

Bug Fixes

  • if colour by is set, but the graph is changed to a histogram, the legend is removed from the plot
  • fixes a bug in the plotting that was causing large values to fall off the axes of the plots
  • includes other patches from the previous version of iNZight

iNZight 2.0.4-4

Release date: 10 March 2015

  • ping for an internet connection before trying to check for updates

iNZight 2.0.4-3

Release date: 10 February 2015

  • fix a bug causing write-protected directories to crash

iNZight 2.0.4-1

Release date: 12 December 2014

  • fixed up the plot device in Time Series on Linux machines

iNZight 2.0.4

Release date: 18 November 2014

New Features

  • The data set name is displayed above the data view
  • The variable type is now displayed as a prefix to the variable names in the variable view
  • A new "Updates Available" shows up when new versions are released
  • A new Help tab that includes Licence information, and a link to the FAQ and Support pages

Minor Changes

  • In the "Remove Additions" window, "Remove segmentation" has been renamed to "Remove colour by" for bar plots, and "Restore default labels" is added to remove customised plot labels

Bug Fixes

  • Removes development text from Load Data window
  • Fixes a bug in the Locate Points feature when the scales are vastly different
  • Scroll bars added to Reorder Levels window
  • The menu has been moved above the plot tabs, so it no longer gets cut off

iNZight 2.0.3

Release date: 17 September, 2014

Major Changes

  • A new Multiple Response analysis module has been added to the Advanced menu. This utilises the iNZightMR package developed by Junjie Zeng

Minor Changes

  • "Add to Plot" window modified for barcharts - can show only CIs, and also selects comparison and confidence intervals by default

Bug Fixes

  • Includes a suite of bug fixes in the iNZightPlots package - see its NEWS file for these

iNZight 2.0.2

Release date: 17 June, 2014

New Features

  • can now cycle through all two-variable plots for a selected Variable 1
  • "play" button for the first subset by variable (automatically cycle levels)
  • data manipulation features added and modified

Minor Changes

  • can now specify to identify min/max points in a dot plot
  • in the Add to Plot window for barcharts, reworded "segment by" to "colour by" for consistency.
  • the transparency slider now runs from 0% to 100%

Bug Fixes

  • identify functionality works for subsets (except when multi plots at once)

iNZight 2.0.1

Release date: 27 March, 2014

New Features

  • Identify feature added to the "Add To Plot" menu. This allows users to interactively label points with id or any other variable. This feature works for both dot plots and scatter plots.

Minor Changes

  • Users can force scatter plots when the sample size is large, rather than using the alternative grid-density plot.

  • Missing observations can be converted to categorical levels. For categorical variables, the result is a new factor with the same levels as the original variable, but the additional missing factor level. For continuous variables, a new factor variable with two levels, missing and not missing is created.

Bug Fixes

  • Vertical sliders added to the Rename Levels and Rename factor levels windows.
  • Reorder levels now works as expected, including sort by frequency.
  • Bug where the iNZight window closes even if a user clicks cancel has been fixed.

iNZight 2.0

Release date: 18 January, 2014

Major Release

The entire iNZight module of iNZightVIT has been rewritten, with a multitude of changes along the way.