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You can select from four different MAXQDA product options. Compare their specific features and find the MAXQDA that works best for you.

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  • Data Types (Import & Analysis)

    • Text and PDF documents

      Import text documents from common file formats (.txt, .rtf, .doc/x, .odt). Text documents can be edited in MAXQDA after import. Import PDF files in original format.

    • Focus groups

      Import focus group transcripts or other multi-speaker texts with automatic speaker detection & speaker based analysis tools.

    • Multimedia

      Import media files from common file formats. Analyze media files directly. Transcribe media. MAXQDA Media player displays waveform, allows analysis down to 10th of a second.

      Audio Windows: MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, M4A
      Audio Mac: MP3, WAV, AAC, CAF, M4A
      Video Windows/Mac: MP4, MOV, MPG, AVI, M4V, 3GP, 3GGP
      Video Windows only: WMV

    • Surveys

      Import survey data from excel with automatic precoding. Import SPSS data sets (.sav).

    • Survey import from SurveyMonkey

      Import survey data through direct SurveyMonkey connection with automatic precoding of text data and variable import of standardized data.

    • Spreadsheets

      Import table documents (.xls/.xlsx). Table view includes common table functionality: sort alphabetically, hide columns, edit or enter text into cells.

    • Social media

      Import tweets directly from twitter. Detailed search for tweets, authors, #hashtags languages, locations, etc. Automatically code tweets with #hashtags and @authors.

    • Images

      Import photos and images (png, jpg, gif, tif). Images can be rotated and zoomed.

    • Webpages from "Web Collector for MAXQDA"

      Import webpages that were collected with free browser extension "Web Collector for MAXQDA" (Google Chrome).

    • Bibliographical data

      Import meta information about articles, textbooks, etc. from bibliographical software, like Endnote, Citavi or Zotero, in RIS-format.

    • MAXApp projects

      Import projects that were created on a smartphone or tablet with the free field research app "MAXApp" (iOS / Android).

    • Prestrucutred text documents

      Import text data from one document, that is automatically coded and split into multiple cases.

    • Create data in MAXQDA

      Create new text and table documents to type information directly in MAXQDA, to write down notes, excerpts, etc.

      Text documents only

  • Data Management & Usability

    • Organize documents

      Group documents in user defined folders. Create additional groups of documents with documents sets that documents are linked into.

    • Organize codes

      Group codes in hierarchical order with up to 10 levels. Create un-hierarchical groups of codes with code sets that codes are linked into. Organize code system in map view.

      No map view for codes

    • Automatic project backup

      Automatically backup projects in a user-defined time interval.

    • External files

      Large files are included in a project as linked external documents. Bundle all external documents in one zip folder to move to a different computer.

    • Drag & drop

      Easy to use drag & drop functionality for coding, code & document organization, memo positions, adding base to dialogue windows, and more.

    • Screen layout flexibility

      Adjustable screen layout, optimized views for exploration, coding, literature reviews. Open multiple documents in tabs or in a second window for side-by-side comparison.

  • Transcription

    • Transcribe audio and video

      Speed control, rewind control, automatic timestamps that link media to transcription.

    • Foot pedal support

      Increase transcription speed by using foot pedals. Supported foot pedals include Science I and Science II pedals.

    • Import transcripts with time stamps

      Time stamp recognition when importing finished transcriptions from other software that use a supported time stamp format.

  • Qualitative Data Analysis - Basics

    • Coding

      Wide variety of coding options: drag & drop to code in all data formats, create code names from coded text segments (In-vivo coding), highlight coding (marker functionality) and emoticode (code with symbols). Assign keyboard shortcuts for most used codes.

    • Code Organization

      Organize and rearrange code system via drag & drop. Mark specific codes as favorites or collect in sets. Assign weight scores and add comments to coded segments.

    • Memos

      Write memos and attach them to documents, codes or data segments or write free memos. Pick from 11 different memo symbols and create your own memo labels. Search and filter memos in table overview. Export memos or transform memos into documents.

    • Basic Text Search

      Search for multipe search strings across documents or memos.

    • Basic Coded Data Search

      Quickly call up results by activation for a maximum of flexibility and control. Interactive display of results, always linked to original data. Filter results by activation, variables, colors, weights, author, and more.

    • Classification with Variables

      Create and interrogate groups of cases using demographical or other standardized data.

    • Linking

      Link text segments or image segments within a project to each other. Link to external sources like files, webpages, or geographical locations in Google Earth™ / Maps™.

      Text only

    • Logbook

      Journalize important steps of your research project and analysis in a logbook.

  • Qualitative Data Analysis - Advanced

    • Focus Group Analysis

      Automatic speaker detection for import of transcript with multiple speakers. Analyze focus group transcripts as a whole document or interrogate by speaker. Add demographic data or other standardized information for each of the speakers. Speaker based analysis also available in several visualization and mixed methods tools.

    • Summaries

      Summarize coded data into your own words. Display summaries in user defined table views.

    • Creative Coding

      Visually arrange and structure codes and themes on a blank canvas and transform the finalized structure into the MAXQDA Code System.

    • Advanced Text Search

      Search for word combinations that can be connected with AND/OR/NOT search operators.

    • Advanced Coded Data Search

      Complex coding query for coded segments. Search options include overlapping, if inside, only one code, and more.

    • Automatic Coding

      Automatically code results of a text search or coded data search with new codes.

    • Code System Management

      Copy and paste subcodes from one code to another. Create or reorganize code system visually on a map. Export code system to another project. Import code system (with code definitions) from spreadsheet.

  • Quantitative Text Analysis

    • Word & Word Combination Frequency

      List frequencies of words and combinations of up to five words for selected texts or text segments. Interactive display of results. Use stop and go lists to exclude or include words.

    • Interactive Word Tree

      Visualize frequencies of word combinations in interactive, tree-like structure. Analyze text leading to and from single words or word combinations.

    • Keyword-In-Context

      Search for keywords and display search results including surrounding context in a well-arranged table.


    • Dictionary based analysis

      Create and edit dictionaries and queries. Automatically code dictionary entries. Analyze frequencies of dicitonary entries differentiated by texts or text groups.

    • Category Matrix Browser

      Visualize frequencies of dictionary word categories in a matrix display by document, document group or set.


    • Lemmatisation

      Lemmatization of text search results; different forms of a word (feel, feels, feeling) can be grouped together. Available for these languages: Bulgarian, Catalan, Czech, English, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian.

  • Statistical Data Analysis

    • Statistical Analysis of MAXQDA data

      Transfer document variables (e.g. demographic data) and results of coding work to "Stats" module for statistical analysis. Define variable labels, value labels and missing values. Use results of statistical analysis to group MAXQDA project data for further qualitative analysis.

    • Statistical Analysis of external data sets

      Open and analyze external data sets from SPSS or Excel. Define variable labels, value labels and missing values. Save data as SPSS files.

    • Statistical Procedures

      Full range of descriptive and inferential statistics. Calculate frequency tables, mean, median, standard deviation, mean error, confidence intervals, etc. Analyze crosstabs: chi-square and Cramer's V. Correlation: Pearson's r, Spearman's rho. Analysis of variance and reliability analysis for scales.

    • Interactive Result Display

      Merge and delete table rows and columns with automatic recalculation. Sort and rearrange result views. Unlimited undo for changes.

    • Transform & Recode

      Calculate new variables. Recode variables into same or new variables. Recode multiple variables at once.

    • Export & Report

      Display results in organized output viewer. Copy results to clipboard for use in reporting programs like Word. Export to SPSS or other statistical packages.

  • Mixed Methods Analysis

    • Mixed Methods Data Compatibility

      Import and export survey data from Microsoft Excel or SPSS. Automatic detection of standardized data and open-ended comments. Standardized data is transformed into variables, open-ended comments can be coded automatically with question text.

    • Crosstabs

      Compare code frequencies and percentages across user-defined groups. Interactive result view.

    • Quote Matrix

      Compare content of coded segments across user-defined groups.

    • Similarity Analysis

      Compare and explore data differences and similarities by looking at both qualitative and quantitative information and analyzing which documents are the most similar based on codes, code frequency and standardised information.

    • Typology Table

      Compare statistical information (frequency, mean, and standard deviation) for groups based on coding work.

    • Configuration Table

      Interrogate code combination occurences in documents.

    • Joint Display

      Visualize qualitative and quantitative data and results in pre-defined joint displays, as described in Mixed Methods literature.

  • Visualization

    • Code visualization

      Display or hide unlimited amount of coding stripes next to documents, highlight coded segments inside documents with code colors. Choose from millions of user defined code colors.

    • Memo visualization

      Visualize memo types with 1 out of 11 memo type icons. Memos visually displayed in text margin, code system, document system. View memo preview at mouse over.

    • Interactivity

      Visualizations are interactively connected to project data. Double click on any visualization element to view source data.

    • MAXMaps

      Visualize data and findings in map view. Add project data (documents, codes, memos, coded segments) as well as external data (images, links, georeferences) to a map. Add free objects and text fields. Freely arrange, group, or link base with labeled arrows. base stay connected to original source data.

    • MAXMap - Models

      Pre-defined models to automatically create concept maps.
      One-Case Model: Visualize document with memos, codes, and coded segments.
      One-Code Model: Visualize code with memos and coded segments.
      Code Theory Model: Visualize one or more codes with linked memos.
      Code Co-Occurrence Model: Visualize overlapping of codes.
      Code-Subcode-Segment Model: Visualize code with subcodes and coded segments

    • Document Comparison Chart

      Visually compare code patterns of multipe text documents by paragraph.

    • Code Frequency

      Code Matrix Browser: Visualize the number of segments coded with each code by document, document group, or focus group participant. Limit display by activation pattern and weight filter. Display as square, circle, frequency or percentage.

    • Code Co-Occurrence

      Code Relations Browser: Visualize intersections or nearness of codes within single documents or groups of documents. Limit display by activation pattern. Display as square, circle, frequency or percentage.

    • Code Timeline

      Codeline: Visualize code occurrence within a single document by paragraph (text document), page (PDF document), or minute/second (media file). Limit display by activation pattern, code system level, and weight filter.

    • Document Portrait

      Visual code representation of coded segments in a single document by color. Sort by code color or code color frequency. Limit display by activation pattern.

    • Word Cloud

      Create word cloud display of most frequently used words in a single document or a document group. Limit display by adding words to stop list.

    • Charts & Diagrams

      Create bar and pie charts for code frequencies or variable values. Edit chart base and colors.

  • Teamwork

    • Merge Projects

      Merge several projects into one project file

    • Transfer Project base

      Transfer specific project base from one project file to another, e.g. transfer codes you applied to documents to the same documents in a team members project file.

    • Intercoder Agreement

      Analyze and discuss how different team members coded the same data. Check intercoder agreement based on code occurence, code frequency, or code position. Calculate kappa coefficient.

    • User Roles

      Assign user roles and permissions to team members (e.g. admin, project manager, coding assistant) to protect your data from unwanted changes. Password protected login for project files.

  • Report & Publish

    • Smart Publisher

      Create professional and customizable reports of coded data that are ready-for-print. Advanced filtering, sorting and formatting options. Include images, e.g. logo of your institution, on front page.

    • Codebook

      Export code system of codes together with code definitions to present category system in reports.

    • Project Information Export

      Display project data overview containing the project memo and automatically updated list of standardized project information.

    • MAXQDA Reader Compatibility

      Created projects can be opened and viewed with the free MAXQDA Reader software.

  • Multi Language Support

    • Interface language

      User interface in 15 languages: English, German, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Chinese simplified, Chinese traditional, Portuguese-PT, Portuguese-BR, Russian, Turkish, Thai, Polish, Czech

    • Data language

      Analyze data in any lanuage (unicode support), inlcuding symbol based languages, for example Chinese, Japanese, or Korean. Supports left-to-right and right-to-left languages.

    • Learning material

      Full manual available in English and German. Getting Started Guide available in Chinese simplified, English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish.

  • User Community and Support

    • Online Material

      Full manual available online and as printable PDF document in English and German. Detailed online tutorial. Video tutorials for many features. Getting Started Guide for new users.

    • Context Sensitive Help

      Help button in every dialogue window jumps directly to corresponding chapter in online help.

    • Worldwide Trainer Network

      Global network of professional MAXQDA trainers with detailed profiles on MAXQDA webpage that can be contacted for workshops and consulting.

    • Free support

      Free online support for all users of the current and preceding version.

    • User Forum

      Active user community discussing technical questions and best-practises in MAXQDA user forum.