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Release 2020.4 (2020-03-03)


    • Analyze tweets to discover their sentiments using an AI lexical approach.
      • Tweets are automatically categorized on a scale from positive to negative.
      • Autocode tweets with their sentiment score.
      • Filter and sort tweets by their sentiment score. 
      • Display results of the sentiment analysis in diagrams.

    • A new English example project on “Work Life Balance” was added to MAXQDA. The project contains diverse types of data that you can use to test or teach MAXQDA.


    • Document Map: Save the documents in a cluster as a Document Set, either for a specific cluster or for all clusters at once.
    • Activate or deactivate “Link” mode in MAXMaps with the new keyboard shortcut CTRL+L (Win) or cmd+L (Mac).
    • Improved column width in Visual Tools while using a Mac while the MAXQDA font size setting is “large”.
    • New scatter plot options in MAXQDA Stats: Scale axis equally, and edit the diagram title, color schemes, or labels.

    • Improved handling of data imported from .DOCX documents: Improved font recognition, image sizes, line spacing, and support for special .xml files.
    • Improved import of transcripts created with the latest version of the automatic transcription services, TEMI, and REV.
    • A native import for SPSS data was implemented to replace a previously used third-party-component that is currently not notarized by Apple. You can now again import, create, or export SPSS files (.sav) on a Mac.
    • Export all of the statistic tables currently included in a statistics window to Excel at once. Each table is saved to a separate Excel worksheet tab.

    • Hover over a variable in the Activate by Variable window to view the full name of the variable as a tooltip.
    • Improved workflow in the Summary Grid. Click on a node in the grid to make the cursor jump to the summary window and start typing right away.
    • New sorting option for memos in the Memo Manager. You can now sort memos by title.
    • Search within your tweets to find tweets that contain a specific word. Create tweet statistics and word clouds for only those tweets containing the search word.
    • Several interface design improvements for both light mode and dark mode.
    • The Overview of Coded Segments table is now initially sorted by the Document System.


  • Fixes an issue while adjusting a text selection in a PDF document where selections across two pages were not adjusted correctly.
  • Fixes an issue while analyzing Word Frequencies, where the option to differentiate results by codes may have been disabled.
  • Fixes an issue while assigning internal links where assigning multiple links to the same segment was possible. 
  • Fixes an issue while changing the content of a memo in the Memo Manager where the changes were not applied to the Overview of Memos until the Memo Manager was closed.
  • Fixes an issue while closing the Reliability Analysis dialog in Stats, where in specific cases the software stopped working.
  • Fixes an issue while displaying unnecessary paraphrased segments in the “Overview of Coded Segments”
  • Fixes an issue while duplicating a document where the code frequency in the Code System was not immediately updated.
  • Fixes an issue while duplicating documents in the Document System where brackets behind the documents name were dropped.
  • Fixes an issue while editing an in-text-memo at the same time as the text in the document itself where the memo edits were not saved correctly.
  • Fixes an issue while exporting .sps files where the files were not correctly recognized in SPSS.
  • Fixes an issue while exporting an Interactive Quote Matrix to Excel, where the document names in the source information were not included.
  • Fixes an issue while importing RIS data where PDF files were not embedded in the project file.
  • Fixes an issue while loading the MAXQDA style sheet on some Mac computers.
  • Fixes an issue while recognizing “Modified” and “Modified by” variables while exporting and re-importing variables to and from Excel for project files with RIS literature data. 
  • Fixes an issue while renaming variables where it was possible to assign the same name to multiple variables.
  • Fixes an issue while transforming a PDF document into a text document where the new text was not opened immediately.
  • Fixes an issue while using “Fit to window” scaling in MAXMaps on screens with high resolution.

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