MAXQDA Visual Tools: Visualize your Data

Visualize the dynamics of an interview with a document portrait, compare code frequencies and distributions across your data or discover patterns or connections. Thanks to the interactive connection between your visualizations with your MAXQDA data, you’ll never lose sight of the big picture.

MAXMaps – Create impressive Graphics

Illustrate your analytical process and its results in constant “live” connection to your data and freely add MAXQDA project elements (overlapping codes, memos, etc.). Use automatic templates to quickly get started or use the tool freely, like a true mindmapping software package.

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Code Matrix Browser

Visualize how your codes are distributed across your data. Results are interactiv, jump right to the original source of a code occurrence, or export the matrix to SPSS or Excel.


The MAXQDA Codeline offers a fast and comprehensive view of the codes assigned to a text to enhance your text analysis. The diagram is interactive – just click on a symbol in a cell of the matrix and the text passage will show up in your document window.

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Code Relations Browser

The Code Relations Browser shows the overlapping of your codes in a chosen document. This makes it easy to quickly identify possible connections between codes. The tool is also a good way to test the quality of your code system.

Word Cloud

Use the MAXQDA Word Cloud to quickly see which words are used in your documents. The different font sizes tell you right away which words were used the most and which words were used less.

Word clouds offer you a simple way to visualize the most frequently used words in a document. Furthermore, MAXQDA puts the words in alphabetical order.

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Document Portrait

The Document Portrait displays any text as a „painting“ of either all or specific, selected codes assigned throughout this text. Choose colors for your code to assist you in your analysis, e.g. a special color for emotional factors (red) or economical factors (green).

At one glance you will be able to tell which factors played an important role at what point of your interviews. You can of course change the assignment of colors at any time throughout your analytical process with a few clicks.

Code and Document Maps

Visualize codes or documents as if they were on a map. The more similar two documents have been coded or the more similar two codes have been applied, the closer they are to each other on the map. The map can then be exported as an image or saved as a map in MAXMaps. This is an ideal tool for clustering cases and for in-depth explorations of identified groups.

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Document Comparison Chart

A single mouse click presents a striking picture, comparing texts at a glance and letting you know which codes were assigned in which paragraphs. You are completely free to decide which codes and texts should be included in the comparison.

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Flexible color assignments

MAXQDA offers you more than 1,000,000 colors to use with your qualitative analysis. Assign them freely to codes, subcodes or texts.

Color assignments are user-controlled and can be used functionally, not just merely as an aesthetic accessory. You can set any of your color stripes to invisible in order to work as easily and organized as possible (e.g. you can hide codings from another team member or from a specific code).

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