JMP 10 is a major release, and today we are launching it with live webcasts in four languages. I wanted to offer some reflections on what this new version is like. Much of the development centered on four focus areas:
1. Graph Builder everywhere. The Graph Builder platform has been a hit ever since its introduction in JMP 8, and with every release it gets better. With JMP 10, Graph Builder becomes more ever-present. The Graph Builder platform itself has new features like Heatmap and Treemap, an elements palette and properties panel, making the choices more visible. But Graph Builder also has some descendents now, including the new Control Chart Builder, which makes creating control charts an interactive process. In addition, some of the drag-and-drop features that are used to change columns in Graph Builder are also available in Distribution, Fit Y by X, and a few other places. Finally, Graph Builder has been ported to the iPad. For the first time, you can use JMP for exploration and presentation on a mobile device for free. So just think of Graph Builder as gradually taking over in lots of places.
2. Expert-driven design. We invited a number of expert consultants in special areas to advise us, and the result is apparent in a number of new platforms, as well as in enhancements to older platforms. This is especially true in reliability, measurement systems, and partial least squares analyses. Some of our newer reports may require you to learn a new terminology. For example, in the EMP (or Evaluating the Measurement Process) approach to measurement systems analysis, the "within" variance component, also known as "repeatability," is now called "test-retest error," as it is known in the books by Don Wheeler. Nonlinear models have a new platform to fit the more commonly used models, especially those used in bioassay and pharmacokinetics. This new method uses built-in models rather than requiring you to specify the model in a formula.
3. Performance. With the prevalence of multicore computers, it is well worth multithreading anything that takes a long time. We started this effort several releases ago, but this release has the most new multithreading so far. Most data analysis should run faster for large problems.
4. Application development. As users of JMP advance, they often start investing in writing scripts, and JMP 10 has many new features to offer in that area. It has a new JSL Debugger, split-screen support for the JMP Log, drag-and-drop editing, improved add-in construction, and a whole new Application Builder environment to provide a graphical approach to developing applications.
These focus areas cover only some of the new features. There are many others in JMP 10. Try it out, and discover more.