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MAXQDA 11 – Here are the Highlights


Summary Grid

A whole new level of analysis that works with thematic summarization with an easy-to-read visual layout.



Code beyond language and transcend the limits of verbal tagging with over 300 emoticons and symbols.



Code audio and video files directly and transcribe faster. All inside the new and powerful multimedia browser.


Literature Connection

Import and analyze RIS data from reference management tools such as Endnote, Citavi, and Zotero.


Smart Publisher

Create professional and customizable reports in an instant with this convenient report generator.


Statistics & Graphics

Count the countable. All-new options for statistical data evaluation and representation in flexible graphical forms.


Screen Layout

Personalize your screen from a number of layout options, designed for widescreen or multiple monitors.



Import projects from MAXApp to your desktop via DropBox for a smooth transfer from mobile to desktop work.


Admin System

Establish ranked administrative rights for more secure teamwork and maintain control of team projects.


Tables as Documents

Directly import XLS/XLSX files into your projects to code, edit and analyze them just like any text document.


Coding Query

Complex & refined retrievals made easy with MAXQDA’s new Retrieval Manager. Go deeper into your research.


More new Features

We’re not finished yet. These additional new Features make this MAXQDA version the best one yet.

Summary Grid – Thematic Code Summaries

Summary Grid in MAXQDA 11

A new level of analysis

For the systematic analysis of texts, or other kinds of data, it is often necessary to structure and summarize data focused on specific themes (categories).

MAXQDA 11 offers a new level for your analysis where you can create and manage summaries for multiple categories. For example, you can summarize all those text passages in your interviews that were assigned a specific code. Especially those researchers who are doing qualitative content analysis will find this tool extremely useful. Summaries can be modified, and the original text source of the data will always be linked. Go even further with the Grid Tables, and create tables of your summaries in which you can easily compare your results. This is a great way to browse your summaries in a neatly organized way. Of course you can also export your grid tables to excel and they are great for use in presentations and publications.

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emoticode® – Code with Emoticons and Symbols

Emoticode - Code with emoticons and symbols

emoticode® – Transverbal Coding with Icons

Transcend the limits of verbal tagging through MAXQDA’s new, streamlined emoticode® system. Fully integrated with the new MAXApp, emoticoding fluidly optimizes data organization for teamwork, on-the-go functionality, and visualization. MAXQDA offers more than 300 emoticons and symbols, which are organized into different thematic groups.

Furthermore, every emoticon is automatically matched with a tagged description, which is imported into MAXQDA as the code name and visible when you hover over the symbol.

Full Functionality

The traditional verbal coding you’re already familiar with works alongside this new option: All the functions of conventional coding are supported, meaning emoticons and icons will be displayed in the overview tables of coded segments and in visualizations such as the Document Portrait.

Emoticode Document Browser

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Powerful Multimedia Features – Analyze without transcript

Multimedia Browser - Analyze without transcript

Code audio and video clips

MAXQDA makes it easy to import, play or directly code your audio and video clip – without the need to create a transcript.
The new Multimedia browser makes it possible to code audio and video clips just as you would code text. Coded segments are visualized in the wave form and underneath. Coded audio and video clips can be retrieved in the usual way and you can add weight scores or comments. Of course it is also possible to attach memos to any part of the media file.

Multimedia Menu

New Transcription Features

The transcription process is also simplified in MAXQDA 11. Now you can dictate the length of the playback intervals, and set the speed and volume of the media file. MAXQDA 11 also offers improved foot pedal compatibility.

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Literature Connection – analyze your literature

Import Data in RIS format

Import and process your RIS data

MAXQDA offers the possibility to import bibliographic data from reference management tools like Endnote, Citavi, and Zotero in RIS Format. Each reference entry will be imported as an independent document and can be coded, linked, searched, and given memos. As you build your bibliography in your reference management tool, data will automatically be collected about the author, publication year, subject, and so forth. When you import this information into MAXQDA, these “tags” are automatically transferred into codes and variables.

Import and process your RIS data

Of course, you can also export data from MAXQDA as RIS-Format, which can then be imported back into your reference management software.


Easily analyze how a topic is researched by importing RIS data of all the articles ever published in a specific journal into MAXQDA. Contrast titles from different time spans to find out if the way specific topics were approached has changed over time.

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Smart Publisher – professional report generator

Generate professional reports directly from MAXQDA

MAXQDA’s new Smart Publisher is a convenient report generator. It exports the chosen codes to a Word document in a clean report style, including title page and table of contents. The structure of the report is drawn from the code system, with top-level codes marking chapters, subcodes subchapters, and content of coded text as the content of the chapters.

Create individual reports

Filters let the user decide which coded segments should be included and with customizable Word document templates, the ensuing professional report allows for intelligent and painless presentation of your findings. If a header/footer was included, it will appear on all pages aside from the title page. If an end page was included, it will appear at the end of the report. All elements of the report are formatted using the Word template. Formatting of the final report can be modified; for example, you can easily insert additional pages or content.

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Statistics and Graphics – Create frequency tables and charts

Enhance your data with graphs, tables, and diagrams

The new statistics and graphics package in MAXQDA 11 allows variables and codes to be statistically evaluated and their distributions to be presented in powerful and flexible graphical forms. At a glance, see frequency and percentage based on your valid values and order the columns your way. You can switch at any time to the charts. Use this Mixed Methods feature to see correlations and underline your results with graphical models.

Decide on your own how to illustrate

You can work with statistical tables of absolute and relative frequency for variables and codes, which can be printed and saved as data. Pie charts and bar graphs (both vertical and horizontal) are also now possible. All captions, titles, and footers can be modified. Double-click on a label to modify the text, right-click in order to modify the formatting i.e. font size, font and font style.

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Screen Layout – Optimized Window Management

Screen Layout Manager

Optimize the interface for your widescreen monitor

MAXQDA now offers more flexibility in how you get to know your data. Alongside the classic four-window layout you already know, you can also now choose to work with three panes. The “Document Browser” and the “Retrieved Segments” window are aligned vertically instead of horizontally, while the “Document System” and the “Code System” are stacked on top of each other. You can choose if each pair of windows appears right or left of the other. MAXQDA is thus able to maximize the possibilities offered by widescreen monitors.

More flexibility in window management

You can also choose to snap any window out of the grid structure and drag it onto a second monitor. With the ability to match the screen to your specific needs, MAXQDA provides the most flexible and optimized workspace for your research.

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Admin System – User Management for projects

Admin System - user management for projects

Establish ranked administrative rights for more secure teamwork

The new admin system allows you to establish hierarchical user rights, dictating who can make changes to the designated sections of the project. Once the administrator has been established, the main user management window allows you to create new users, to remove existing users and to define rights of individual user groups.

This makes teamwork more secure and manageable: if you are leading a complex research project, you may not want your interns to be able to, for example, modify the code system.

Stay in charge

User management can be complex. For this reason, it is possible to export and import your whole admin system. This way you can use it again, for your next project. The user management features can also be turned off and back on, without losing all of the usernames and passwords.

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A New Document Type – XLS/XLSX Tables

MAXQDA + Excel: Seamless integration for improved efficiency

Now, tables in XLS or XLSX format can be directly imported into your projects. Just like the other data formats, like .doc, .docx, and .pdf, you can drag & drop the data onto the “Document System” window. You can also export tables from MAXQDA as .xls or .xlsx.

Furthermore you can create a new table directly in MAXQDA and select the number of columns and rows. It is possible to automatically convert a text document into a table document with few clicks. A menu will appear in which you can select the number of columns. In MAXQDA 11 you can easily sort tables alphabetically, and move columns and rows.

Powerful and easy to use

Tables are fully compatible with all features of MAXQDA, meaning that any text segment can be coded, evaluated, searched, given a memo, and incorporated into the visual tools.

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Coding Query – new retrieval manager

Control your data with the new coding query tool

Stay in control of your data with the new Coding Query tool

The Coding Query tool makes it easier to locate your coded segments, because you can see and use all of MAXQDA’s retrieval options in a single place. This way, you will quickly find exactly the coded segments you are looking for. After entering a query name, you can select from among all possible query types in the dialog window. This includes, among others, the possibility to include only activated documents and codes and use the weight score filter. You can also save complex search processes for later use so that you can display the results anytime and attach them to your data material.

Get a deeper insight

Take the chance and analyze attitudes and opinions to find unknown phenomena in your data material. The new query tool is your personal command center to identify data correlations in an easy and efficient way.

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More new features in MAXQDA 11

Optimized User Interface

  • New activation dialog start with a quick connection to MAXServer for network and pc lab licenses.
  • A new start screen makes it easy to access MAXQDA’s service features, like example projects, or manuals.
  • Optimized toolbars in the “Document System” and “Code System” windows: quickly create documents and new document groups with new buttons.
  • Highlight codes received a special code icon in the “Code System” to set them apart from regular codes.
  • Easily export documents by using a new context menu entry.
  • New button to quickly import document or code variables into the data editor window.

Extended Code Options

  • Move all activated codes at once with a new entry in the context menu.
  • Copy coded segments directly from the “Retrieved Segments” window with their citation information.
  • Display the “Retrieved Segments” window in table view.
  • Include variable values when exporting the “Retrieved Segments” window.
  • Change the weight score of multiple coded segments at once in the “Overview of coded segments”.
  • Get more insight with the new „Overview of documents“ for codes.
  • Easily code search results with a new code.
  • Get more insight with a new display of codes assigned to selected segments.

Optimized Visual Tools

  • More control with Code Matrix Browser dialog window.
  • Create a Code Matrix Browser for document groups or document sets.
  • Use the weight filter when creating a Code Matrix Browser.
  • Stay closer to the original data in the Code Matrix Browser. Quickly call up coded segments for aggregated segments in each node.
  • More control with Code Relations Browser dialog window.

Quick and Efficient

  • Drag folders into the “Document System” to create new document groups including all the documents in that folder.
  • Intuitively move codes around your “Code System” – no need to hold the Shift-Key anymore.
  • Easily add codes to code favorites via drag & drop.
  • Subcodes are displayed automatically when coding via drag & drop.
  • Customize complex queries quickly by dragging codes into the complex query window via drag & drop.

Extended Document Options

  • Visualize coded segments in coded images.
  • Edit initially used selection frames in images and PDF documents.
  • Move all activated documents at once with a new entry in the context menu.
  • Start up the lexical search even faster by directly searching for text you selected in your documents.
  • Convert text documents into tables.
  • Add web links more quickly with right click context menu.


  • Easily exchange files between MAXQDA 11 and MAXQDA 10 by saving MAXQDA 11 projects as MAXQDA 10 project files.
  • Undo text edits inside memos.
  • Automatically save open MAXMAps every 10 minutes.
  • Get reminded to save text documents when they are open in the edit mode.

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