*ORA Version history

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Version Date What Is New / Known Issues
NetScenes Student June 8, 2012
  • New features/Issues forthcoming
NetScenes Student May 16, 2012
  • New features/Issues forthcoming
2.3.6 September 20, 2011
  • Bug fixes for node deletion, merging, and renaming of nodes in the nodeclass editor.
  • Improved dynamic meta-network transform operations:
    1. Changing the name of all keyframes based on date.
    2. Apply a merge-list to each keyframe.
    3. Delete all nodes with a matching attribute value in each keyframe.
  • Faster saving of meta-networks.
  • The GIS Visualizer can now color shape files based off of the number of unique agents in a given shape.
2.3.5 August 8, 2011
  • Added for each network the ability to specify whether: treat it as symmetric, ignore self-loops, or treat as binary.
  • Added the Network Distribution report to analyze dynamic meta-networks.
  • Adding Links and Nodes via the mouse tools in the Visualizer now have drop down options on the toolbar buttons instead of a separate toolbar.
  • Pathfinding in the Visualizer has a new layout for displaying the paths between nodes.
  • In the Geospatial Visualizer, you can now cluster locations by attribute, and see the result as a series of colored polygons. Similarly, you can see all the locations a node is associated with as a colored polygon.
2.3.2 June 13, 2011
  • New batch-mode window that lets the user edit, save, run batch-mode scripts. This also shows the script sent to the back-end when a report is run.
  • Memory usage and speed improvements to the Measures Over Time tool; now capable of handling larger datasets faster.
  • Added the ability to save as CSV all of the measures computed in the Measures Over Time
  • Added a linear regression tool to compare measure values.
  • Added the ability to import Excel 2007 (.xlsx) files in the Data Import Wizard.
  • Fixes to the Fast Fourier Transform panels.
  • Added the entity and link format dialogs, which allows for modification of entire groups of nodes and links via the Visualizer Legend or right click submenu.
  • Trails can now be visualized in the Geospatial Visualizer.
  • Node Highlighting has been implemented in the Visualizer.
2.2.9 March 14, 2011
  • New Network Distribution report which lets the user examine the intersection, lossy intersection, and union of a collection of meta-networks.
  • The "Visualize Only this Network" button in the Network Editor panel has been given a submenu that allows for additional visualizations. This includes options for the 3D visualizer and the Node Cloud.
  • The 3D Visualizer has been given a number of functions already common to the Network Visualizer. Functions include text/font size, showing directionality of links, and proper autozooming.
  • GIS has been given additional support for the MGRS coordinate system.
2.2.8B February 7, 2011
  • New features/Issues forthcoming
2.2.8 January 24, 2011
  • Visualizer enhancements: more options added to Hierarchy Layouts; mouse-over text formatting; new Spread Out feature for selected nodes to visually differentiate them on the screen.
  • Near Term Analysis: fixes for loading dynetml files.
  • General: speed improvements to the Node Class Editor; minor visual improvements to the Network Editor; bug fixes to the ability to export to a CASOS database; added the ability to export to Analyst Notebook format.
2.2.7 January 5, 2011
  • Network Editor has been greatly improved:
    • Sort rows and columns (independently) by link count and/or name.
    • Highlight empty (isolate) rows and column.
    • Remove selected or highlighted rows/columns.
    • Search for a particular row or column node and highlight or hide.
    • Search for a particular link and change its value.
  • Measures Over Time has a new view that shows the distribution of measure values over time using a color grid (like a heat grid) where high value are red, low values are white.
  • Node Colors can be loaded and saved from within the Visualizer.
  • The Color Grid can now be viewed in a much more compact display.
2.2.6 November 15, 2010
  • Fixed internationalization issues: UTF-8 is now fully supported in ORA for saving and loading; user can now save to files whose paths contain non-ASCII characters.
  • Node Class Editor has improved Clean Nodes dialog to find and remove duplicate nodes.
  • A number of tools for the Visualizer have been modified to be allowed to work solely on what is visible.
2.2.5 October 21, 2010
  • Added node clustering into LOOM based on trail similarity.
2.2.4 October 7, 2010
  • Data Import extended to include CMapTools data files (.cxl).
  • Data Export extended to export CMapTools data files (.cxl).
  • Node Class Editor now lets the user create a new meta-network based on the visible (non-filtered) nodes in the editor.
  • Node Title entry in the Visualizer will show any titles that have previously been used.
  • Micro Simulations can be run within the ORA editor.
2.2.3 September 13, 2010
  • Symmetrize by the SUM method was added.
  • Meta-Network Union extended to let the user union the currently selected meta-networks.
  • Node Class Editor can now copy nodes (in addition to Moving nodes).
  • The Visualizer has the option to show assorted Motifs, such as Triads, Cycles, and Stars.
2.2.2 September 1, 2010
  • Within the Node Class Editor a measure can be selected and the resulting measure values stored in a node attribute.
  • Speed improvements in deleting and merging nodes, and 25% less memory used for meta-networks.
  • Improved drag-n-drop functionality for meta-networks; user can now select one or more node classes or networks and drag-n-drop to create a new meta-network that contains them.
  • Improved (standardized) the Copy/Paste support throughout the Network Editor and the main interface.
  • Added Node Rings to the Visualizer, as an indicator of which nodes the Sphere of Influence is operating on.
2.0.8 June 7, 2010
  • New features/Issues forthcoming.
2.0.7D May 21, 2010
  • New features/Issues forthcoming.
2.0.7 May 3, 2010
  • New features/Issues forthcoming.
2.0.5 March 12, 2010
  • New features/Issues forthcoming.
2.0.4 Feb. 25, 2010
  • Micro Simulations – New Features.
  • Increase Node Size when Hit – this checkbox option will cause any node that receives a transmission of money/disease/ideas to enlarge in size. Most optimal for use with Money.
  • Percent Immune – For diseases, you can now specify a percent of nodes to be immune at the start. Immune nodes are colored Yellow.
  • Added a tool for rapid creation of dynamic meta-networks. You can specify a number of Meta-networks to create and the number of timeslices each network should have.
  • Visualizer Toolbar has some new icons.
  • Loom – Support for Event lines has been implemented. Currently, all CSV oriented operations are located in Loom’s “Events” menu.
  • Events are currently loaded in from an external CSV file, with the first column corresponding to the Date, and the second column corresponding to a text description of the Event.
  • Events can be toggled on/off.
  • Events can be clustered by assorted time increments. This forces all events into a time cluster into a single event line.
    Enhanced the Visualizer’s ability to handle a single Dynamic Meta-Network.
  • New Trails Analysis report for finding movement patterns in Agent x Location data.
  • Improved Analyst Notebook importer.
  • New Data Export Dialog (analogous to the Data Import Wizard) that lets one export a meta-network into a variety of formats.
  • Improved support for loading very large (hundreds of mega-byte) DyNetML files or large collections of smaller files (hundreds of files): a progress bar is shown, and the user can cancel the load and keep the results loaded thus far or throw them away.
  • New AutoMap and CEMAP integration.
  • New icons in the visualizer and main interface menus and toolbars, with the ability to configure the toolbar buttons.
2.0 Jan. 5, 2010 Known Issues for version 2.0 are forthcoming. Nov. 22, 2009

Known Issues:

Note: When installing *ORA please install the software from the
local drive of your computer.
Network Note: If using *ORA on a network drive please ensure the
network drive has been assigned a local drive letter. Otherwise the help
system will not work properly.
Known Issues (Sept. 9 2009)

Issue: Running ORA produces a warning message that the "Virtual
Machine cannot be ran.". Typically this problem only occurs on computers
that have 1GB of RAM or less.

Solution: Inside the ORA Directory (usually c:\program files\ora)
is a filed called ORA.lax. Scroll down to a parameter called
LAX.NL.JAVA.OPTION.JAVA.HEAP.SIZE.MAX . By default this should be set
to a value of 1024000000 . Change this to a value of 512000000,
and ORA should be runnable again.

Issue: Visualizer and Reports do not work in ORA.

Solution A: This may be caused by ORA not having enough heap space
available. Inside the ORA Directory (usually c:\program files\ora) is a
filed called ORA.lax. Scroll down to a parameter called
LAX.NL.JAVA.OPTION.JAVA.HEAP.SIZE.MAX . By default this should be set
to a value of 1024000000 . Usually you'll only experience this error if
the heap size has been set too low. If the current value doesn't match
the default and you did not modify it to fix the "Virtual Machine
cannot be ran", set it to the default. Otherwise, modify the heap size
parameter in increments of 128000000 until the issue is resolved. In
the event you run into a "cannot open virtual machine" problem, refer to
the above answer. Nov 6,
See above known issues. July 7,
See above known issues. Mar 7,
2008 Mar 4,
2008 Feb 8,
2008 Jan 14,

1.9.2 Nov 9,

1.9.0 Sep 25,

1.8.8 Aug 6,
Modifications to the Capability Report
Matrix Transformation Tool
1.8.7 Jul 9,
New Capabilities Report
1.8.6 Jun,
New Comparison report formats
New K-FOG grouping algorithm
1.8.5 Jun,
New Beliefs report.
New Content Analysis report.
New symmetrize bipartite graphs capability.
1.8.4 Apr,
NEW Import Database feature - connect to an ODBC database and execute SQL queries to create entity sets, graphs and attributes
1.7.8 Jan,
1.7.7 Dec,
New Group Talk report
New Communicators report
New Key Actor Change report
1.7.5 Nov,
New Influence Network report
1.7.4 Oct,
New dendrogram in subgroup reports
New Subgroup Tool
Improved visualizer: edges thickness proportional to edge value,
entity size selector, improved Path Finder interface
New Meta-Matrix algebra tool
New Meta-Matrix transform tool
1.7.2 Aug, 2006 Improved Over Time Viewer
Improved Mental Model Report
New Potential Errors Report
New Dyad Measures Tool
1.6.9 June, 2006 MRQAP added, Dekker Semi-Partialling and Y-Permutation
Johnson's Hierarchical Clustering algorithm
Drill down tool added to the visualizer
Resize node sizes based on measure value
1.6.8 May, 2006 Near Term Analysis tool
HTML reports
Multi-Dimensional Scaling visualizer layout algorithm
1.6.7 Apr, 2006 NEW Location and Event Analysis reports
NEW Import from ODBC Database tool
Improved FOG groups support
1.6.6 Mar, 2006 New Simmelian Ties report
New Social Network Analysis report
Improved FOG grouping visualizations
1.6.5 Mar, 2006 New Communicative Power Report
Improved Network Converter
1.6.1 Jan, 2006 New path finder tool with integrated search
Integrated search in sphere of influence tool
Import individual graphs into an existing meta matrix
Automatic coloring of nodes by group
1.6.0 Nov, 2005 Reports generate true CSV output
Expanded Path-Finder visualization tool

Version Date Description
1.5.8 Aug, 2005 Expanded on-line help system
Risk Report extended for over-time analysis
Visualizer Enhancements:
Improved Key-Set selector tool
1.5.7 Aug, 2005 Interface enhancements:
Expanded on-line help system
Over-Time-Viewer for analyzing measures over-time
Intelligence and Management reports extended for over-time analysis
Visualizer enhancements:
1.5.5 July, 2005 Interface enhancements:
toolbars, shortcuts, and ability to add nodesets
Social Insight Visualizer features:
New Path-Finder tool for displaying shortest paths between nodes
1.5.3 Jun, 2005 CASOS Institute 2005 Version
Social Insight Visualizer features:
- creating meta-nodes by attribute
- coloring nodes by attribute
NEW Immediate Impact report for analyzing the effects of individually isolating key actors
Improved report formats.
1.5.2 Jun, 2005 Improvements to Social Insight Visualizer.
Better integration of Charts for analyzing measure output.
Improved report formats.
1.5.1 Apr, 2004 NEW visualization package: Social Insight Visualizer
Improved large-scale measure performance
NEW Matrix Editor for editing Meta-Matrix networks.
1.5.0 Dec, 2004 Improved user interface support for multiple organizations, adding and deleting sub-matrices, and handling multiple report outputs.
Improved version of the Sub-Group Tool
1.3.6 Nov, 2004 NEW Subgroup tool for creating, manipulating, and visualizing subgroups of a network
NEW Version Test report that checks for backward compatibility of measure computations
1.3.5 Oct, 2004 Optimizer can use any available ORA measure
1.3.4 Sep, 2004 NEW Ego Network report that analyzes agent ego networks
NEW Network Converter tool for converting file formats
1.3.3 Aug, 2004 Improved Measure Manager
Multiple report files can be viewed in the reports panel
NEW Congruence measures
1.3.2 Jul, 2004 Added Charting tool
1.3.1 Jun, 2004 CASOS Institute 2004 Version
1.3.0 Jun, 2004 N/A
1.2.0 Feb, 2004 Initial Version

* Please note that sample input and output files referred to in the *ORA 1.1.0 Help documentation are available for download.