MAXQDA free download for Mac


13 May 2020

Collect, Transcribe, Organize, Analyze, Visualize, Publish.


MAXQDA is a software package for qualitative and mixed methods research and the only leading QDA software to offer identical features on Windows and Mac

Use MAXQDA for any type of qualitative research - including but not limited to grounded theory, literature reviews, exploratory market research, qualitative text analyses, and mixed methods approaches

The Interface: Sleek & easy to use
  • Your Data
  • Your Codes
  • Document Browser
  • Retrieval
All your data, one place:

With MAXQDA, you’re prepared for everything
Whether it’s a simple text document, an Excel table of survey results, a PDF file, image, website, audio or video recording, SPSS data file, bibliographic record, or focus group discussion - even YouTube comments and Twitter data - you can analyze it all!

Transcription & media analysis:

Built-in tools for professional transcriptions of audio and video recordings. Of course, you can also import transcripts you’ve created in a separate program and link your transcripts to the original media file. Or code and analyze your media file as it is - even without transcribing it before

Visualize your data & results in MAXQDA:

Whether it’s for your analysis or publication, MAXQDA’s visual tools are tailor-made for qualitative research. Visualize the progression of an interview, compare documents, or use MAXMaps to visualize connections in your data. The outputs are always linked to the underlying material - so you’ll never lose sight of the bigger picture

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Annotate, Paraphrase, Summarize:

Write notes while you work and attach them anywhere - to documents, to codes, or to the data itself. Summarize the most important data points or paraphrase them to develop a coding system. With the Memo Manager, Summary Grids and Summary Tables you’ll never lose track of your progress!

What's new in MAXQDA

Version 20.0.8:
  • Grayscale color scheme option for charts & diagrams so your graphs are still easy to understand after being printed in black and white
  • Display of Japanese text in the Japanese interface on macOS Catalina. The characters are now smoother and easier to read
  • Text search workflow in the 4-window interface: After closing and re-opening the search feature, the last search item is displayed and already selected so you can edit it right away
  • Tooltip information for cluster icon tooltips in a Code Matrix Browser currently set to "Count hits per document only once" or "Binarize view". The tooltip now includes the total number of coded segments/documents as well as the frequencies for the selected setting
  • Tooltip design for Document Map tooltips for clusters with more than 20 documents. The list is cut off after 20 items so you can still see the code information
  • Design for drop-down menus and text fields in several places, including the Memo Manager toolbar and the List of Document Variables
  • Time marker display in the Multimedia Browser. Start and end time markers are now placed to the side so they can no longer overlap when coding very short timeframes
  • Recognition of special characters (e.g. different types of bullet points) while analyzing Word Frequencies in the MAXDictio module. These characters are now ignored
  • Recognition of spacing between paragraphs while importing data from DOCX documents and recognition of math symbols that are embedded as vector graphics while importing documents from HTML
  • Performance while automatically coding search results in very large project files and for displaying word frequency analysis results from a Word Cloud. Both actions are now much quicker
  • Import of literature data from Endnote. The import now includes the "Research Notes" entries
  • Handling of author and creation date information when importing codes from a code system or via teamwork import. When importing a code system, the current user and time are added to the data. When importing or merging teamwork, the original user and time information remains untouched
  • Handling of variable data from a spreadsheet where multiple variable names are longer than the recognized character limit. Users are now notified to modify the variable names before importing
  • Display of curved connection lines in MAXMaps when multiple lines are displayed very close to each other. Each line is now visible and easy to distinguish
  • (COVID-19 related) connection stability for users connected to a network license, especially for those using an unstable VPN connection while working from home
  • The too-small size of the document color icon in the Document System on high-resolution monitors (Windows only)
  • Paraphrase placement and page breaks while printing a document with paraphrases
  • Using the systems date & time settings in the Document Group description while importing comments from YouTube
  • Using the quick code coding option where the icon is initially inactive after opening a new document and selecting a text segment before clicking on a code
  • Using the keyboard shortcut Strg+F or cmd+F to close the local search feature in any of the four main program windows
  • Using the keyboard shortcut Strg+P or cmd+P to print a document that was currently displayed in a second Document Browser window
  • Using the context menu to insert several selected codes from the Code System into a map at once
  • Using the arrow buttons to change the paragraph proximity in the MAXMaps Code Co-Occurrence Model template
  • Using the Undo function to undo the removal of a document from a Document Map
  • Using placeholder symbols (* or ?) in lexical search queries for text data that contained specific special characters (e.g. ü or ß)
  • Using an incorrect file name for a Complex Coding Query that was exported to Excel
  • Unnecessarily shortening comments that were moved into a map via drag & drop
  • Unnecessarily shortening code names in documents exported to PDF including code visualizations
  • Setting a too large font size when printing a text document from the Document Browser as a PDF on high-resolution monitors (Windows only)
  • Selecting and deselecting documents in the Teamwork Export dialog which may have caused MAXQDA to freeze
  • Selecting a slower or faster playback speed in Transcription Mode where the setting did not correctly correlate to the playback speed
  • In the Categorize Survey Data window where it was impossible to select just a partial segment of a cell
  • Replacing text content with nothing while using the find & replace function with an empty replace text field
  • Renaming a code if the corresponding code memo was being edited in an open Memo Manager window at the same time
  • Removing leading 0 characters in variable names during the import or export of variables from Excel spreadsheets where variables may not be recognized as identical
  • Processing geo information from Google Maps locations where the West information was not recognized if it included a - symbol
  • Processing date and time entries in the MM/DD/YYYY formatting while importing data from a spreadsheet
  • Not interactively refreshing the origin information for segments currently displayed in the Retrieved Segments window if the original text was switched from line numbering to paragraph numbering or vice versa
  • Not including the duration of paraphrased segments in the Excel export while exporting paraphrased segments from transcripts with timestamps
  • Not including paraphrases in a .mex Teamwork Export file (Mac only)
  • Including columns in the Excel export of coded segments that were not selected in the export dialog
  • Including Paraphrase and Focus Group Speaker code frequencies in the Project Information export and in the information that is displayed at the top of Overview of Coded Segments tables
  • Importing a REFI-QDA Project file (.qdpx) where internal links and variables were not recognized correctly
  • Exporting a REFI-QDA Project file (.qdpx) where internal links and coded segments in PDF documents were not exported correctly
  • Not being able to display a recently closed List of Maps window in MAXMaps as long as the model template builder is active
  • Exporting the result of a Similarity Analysis for Documents where table cells were highlighted by color, even if "No color highlight" was selected
  • Displaying bars for single categories next to their corresponding bars for merged categories in charts created in the Stats module (MAXQDA Analytics Pro)
  • Displaying a wrong keyboard shortcut tooltip on the Copy to clipboard icon in the Subcode Statistics window
  • Not memorizing the setting to display coded text in the code color after closing and re-opening a project file
  • Cropping the side of grouped bar chart diagrams after inserting them into the Output Viewer in the Stats module (MAXQDA Analytics Pro)
  • Correctly recognizing non-breaking spaces while exporting memos to Word
  • Correctly recognizing images during import of HTML files with images that were linked to from a different folder
  • Fixes an issue where the font size in a diagram jumped to half the size after adjusting it on a high-resolution monitor (Windows only)
  • Adjusting the height of the Open Coding Mode window if the memo and/or the comment areas were displayed or collapsed
  • Fixes an issue where the coded segments in the Retrieved Segments temporarily disappeared if the content of one of the activated documents was edited at the same time
  • Fixes an issue where using links in a Logbook may have slowed down the performance while editing the content of the Logbook
  • Fixes an issue where creating a new map using a MAXMaps template for a document that was currently being edited in the Document Browser may have caused MAXQDA to freeze
  • Fixes an issue where clicking on an empty space in the Multimedia Browser toolbar was recognized as Play/Pause
  • Fixes an issue where changing the activation pattern of codes or documents deactivated the selected activation filter in a currently opened Summary Grid window

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