What is MAXQDA?
MAXQDA is a world-leading software package for qualitative and mixed methods research. It is one of the most comprehensive programs in the field and is used by thousands of researchers in more than 150 countries around the world.
MAXQDA helps you collect, organize, analyze, visualize and publish your data. It supports various methodological frameworks, including grounded theory, literature reviews, exploratory market research and qualitative content analyses, giving you maximum flexibility to analyze what you want, the way you want.
MAXQDA also gives you the freedom to analyze an increasingly diverse range of data types. You can import documents, PDF files, tables, images, media files, Twitter tweets, YouTube comments, geo references, bibliographical data, and more – and start analyzing them quickly and easily.
What does MAXQDA do?
MAXQDA helps you to collect, organize, analyze, visualize and publish data from qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. Over 25 years of experience and constant development have made MAXQDA one of the most comprehensive analysis programs in the industry. This page will give you an idea of the full scope of MAXQDA’s features.
Different types of data – one program!
MAXQDA has a high data capacity and can handle more file types than you think, so you can be flexible when it comes to different types of data.
With MAXQDA, you’re prepared for everything. Whether it’s a simple text document, Excel table or PDF file, a picture, audio or video file, an SPSS or bibliographic record, even a tweet or YouTube comments: you can analyze it with MAXQDA! You can even import whole webpages with the MAXQDA Web Collector – as a PDF with searchable text (OCR) or as an image.
On-board transcription tool for audio and video recordings as well as focus group features
Save time by transcribing directly in MAXQDA. You can adjust the playback speed to suit your own tempo, re-listen to passages automatically or even connect a foot-pedal to transcribe even faster. By automatically setting time stamps, you can always jump directly from a point in your transcript to the corresponding point in the original recording and listen back anytime during your analysis.
MAXQDA is also the world’s first QDA program to include additional features for focus group discussions. Different speakers can be automatically recognized, so you can easily compare their contributions, analyze each speaker on her own, and visualize them in a variety of ways.
Have fun organizing your data with groups, sets and colors
Group your data into document groups (like classic folders) or assign variables to your documents, i.e. demographic data such as age, gender or place of residence.
Through our simple activation system, you can always quickly access all data by a specific author, or created at a certain time, by pressing a button and saving it as a document set.
Break down data and recover individual components: Codes & simple retrievals
Codes are used to break down data into its individual components, i.e. different topics in interviews or even images and video segments. With the retrieval function you can find them quickly and easily.
Choose from millions of available code colors, add weight to important points, and use those feature and many others as filters. Work with emoticons and use shortcuts for the most frequently used codes. Several functions allow automatic coding, i.e. for search results or segments in the retrieval window. And if you want to re-sort your codes, there’s Creative Coding – a unique feature that lets you re-arrange your code system in a two-dimensional working window.
MAXQDA 2018.1 is here!
This update adds five completely new features:
- Import from YouTube
Import video comments and subtitles, including their timestamps, to create automatic links from the transcript into the video and vice versa
- Word clouds 2.0
Completely redesigned word cloud generator with predefined layouts, color schemes and possibilites to adapt a cloud
- Code clouds
Illustrate and explore the most frequently assigned codes
- Export audio and video extracts
Save coded video or audio segments as individual video or audio clips
- Code segments directly from the Retrieved Segments window
Easily recode your data by draging & dropping the selected segment from the Retrieved Segments window onto a code in your Code System
MAXQDA 18.1.1 for Windows and Mac October 16th, 2018
Bugfixes and Improvements
- New: The “Language Options” menu in word clouds can be set to “Japanese” for improved word recognition in Japanese texts
- Improved processing speed while importing large data sets from Excel using the “Survey Data” import function
- Improved processing speed while creating a “Document Portrait” visualization for documents with a large number of overlapping codes
- Improved timestamp recognition while importing transcripts created with Transana
- Fixes a bug while scrolling in overview tables with active column filters
- Fixes a bug in the text formatting of new timestamps in Transcription Mode
- Fixes a bug while using the zoom icons to zoom in and out of a Summary Grid
- Fixes a bug in the positioning of windows and system dialogs while working with high resolution monitors (Windows)
- Fixes a bug while using MAXQDA from different system user accounts (Mac)