MAXQDA is a professional software solution for qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods data analysis – for both Windows and Mac – used by thousands worldwide. Released in 1989, it has a long history of providing researchers with powerful and easy-to-use analytical tools to help make every research project a success. Analyze interviews, reports, tables, surveys, focus group discussions, videos, audio files, literature, images and more.
You can easily organize and categorize any kind of unstructured data, search and retrieve information, test theories and create impressive illustrations and reports. MAXQDA has transcription tools onboard as well as multimedia functions to directly analyze all kinds of media files. Outstanding mixed methods features allow you to combine standardized quantitative data with qualitative information.
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.
Identical on Windows and Mac: MAXQDA is the only leading QDA software that offers exactly the same features on Windows and Mac.
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.
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.
Greater flexibility and a clearer overview thanks to memos & summaries
Writing notes and summaries is a fundamental part of everyday research. The memos in MAXQDA are quite similar to classic post-it notes.
There are 11 different types and you can place them anywhere: on documents, codes or directly within your data. But thanks to the Memo Manager you won’t lose these memos
(unlike post-its!) – and they can also be searched and analyzed.
With our summary grids and summary tables, you can keep summaries of which codes and variables appear in each respective project or document:
another level of analysis which means you’ll never lose track of the bigger picture.
Advanced search and retrieval functions
With the help of Boolean operators and wildcards, our advanced search function provides everything you might expect from professional data analysis software.
And with the integration of retrieval and lemma functions, probably a little bit more.
The activation system for retrieving data segments is surprisingly simple and easy to use. But there’s more than meets the eye: our advanced retrieval
gives you a total of 9 further options for finding connections in your data.
Pictures speak louder than words
Whether for analysis or publication: MAXQDA’s visual tools are tailor-made for qualitative research. Visualize the history of an interview or video with
the Document Portrait or Codeline functions, or find out at a glance how often codes appear in certain documents.