Just in support of Walter's thread, up to now, the only way to report on annotations was to run a text search that pulled all annotations, or annotations with certain characters into a node which effectively gave you a report of all requisite annotations and their related content. This function is now gone! Nor is there a facility to create an NVivo report using the annotations field which renders annotations as ineffective unless you want to view them one by one in collections or view by coding all your sources to a single node and use the find button to see them one-by-one.
We recently worked on a project using Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The first phase of this analysis involves reading and initial noting (Smith, 2008). Our client did this by creating over eight hundred annotations. When she went to report this work to her supervisor, we were fortunate that she was still using version 10 so we could retrieve and report. If she had been using version 11 we would have been in trouble.
While this facility may not have been used in great numbers, it is still very important in some methods and I'm sure QSR do not wish to be accused of being too quantitative in their thinking about these matters which would be quite ironic The text search tool defaulted to a standard search so one had to change the "search in" option to include annotations. As users had to make a positive decision to change to annotations It's hard to see how removing this option simplified the query as regular users did not have to do anything to exclude annotations.
I would dearly like to see this feature returned and I also agree with Walter that linking memos to more than one item or linking items to more than one memo is a facility that we regularly get asked about in our training workshops and in our online training sessions. This user need will not turn in analytics because it has not been available since version 2. Of course see also links are the workaround but they are just that, a workaround.
If one looks at the literature going back into the 40s, it describes three key functions of qualitative data analysis: indexing, annotating and memoing. Indexing is coding in today's terms but annotating and memoing primary data is the only means of putting missing context back during the encoding process where one is effectively taking things out of context. Anything QSR can do to elevate these functions will go to the very heart of best practice in qualitative data analytics.