Can I open a project file created with an older MAXQDA version in MAXQDA 2020?

Yes, you can open projects created with older MAXQDA versions in MAXQDA 2020.

To open a project created with an earlier version of MAXQDA, follow these steps:

  1. Start MAXQDA and select Open Project in the start window.
  2. If the MAXQDA project is greyed out, change the file type in your Mac or Windows dialog window to the desired version of MAXQDA.
  3. Select the project you wish to open and click “open”

MAXQDA creates a copy of the project in the new format and saves the project in the same folder as the old project.

View detailed instructions for this action in the “Starting the Program” chapter of the MAXQDA online manual.

No Teamwork Exchange between MAXQDA 2020 and MAXQDA 2018

Due to the improved text handling in MAXQDA 2020, it is not possible to send project elements to MAXQDA 2018 (or an even older version) via teamwork exchange. If you are coding the same data in a team, it is recommended that all team members work with the same program version.

Moving your projects to MAXQDA 2020 in a team using a mix of Windows and Mac computers

For research teams of mixed Mac and Windows users, who are planning on using teamwork functionality relying on text character counts (intercoder agreement, merging projects, moving codes etc. from one project file to another) we kindly recommend converting their project files from MAXQDA 2018 to MAXQDA 2020 on one computer and then distributing the new MAXQDA 2020 project files to all team members. Due to the improved text handling in MAXQDA 2020 the converted projects might differ slightly in their character count when they are converted on a Windows or on a Mac computer.

However, once the projets were converted on either a Mac or a Windows machine, thus ensuring each team member uses exactly the same data, MAXQDA 2020 projects are accessible from either Mac or Windows, without any further need of compatibility optimizations.

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