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NVIVO, MAXQDA, ATLAS.TI, Dedoose: a brief comparison

EDIT (11/16/2015): PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS COMPARISON & TIER REPRESENTATION IS OUTDATED DUE TO RECENT SOFTWARE UPDATES AND NEW VERSIONS. AT THIS POINT, IT REPRESENTS A HISTORICAL SNAPSHOT. 

This comparative table is most useful for people who have already worked with one of the programs, or who are familiar with the general functionality of QDA software. Please note that this table will not tell you which is the ‘best’ program. I am comparing some important features & design elements along the lines of the main areas in which QDA software can help you with: Organization of data, annotation, searching, and export/display. While I try to keep this list up-to-date, updates and version changes may not be reflected immediately in this list. Comprehensive comparisons of different packages can be found on the CAQDAS Networking Project’s website.

This table does not contain comparisons of teamwork/collaborative functionality; a separate guide on this topic will be available soon. It is important to mention that Dedoose and the NVIVO server version allow for simultaneous access to project files; MAXQDA, ATLAS.TI and the standard version of NVIVO do not offer this.

The PDF now also contains a brief overview that ranks the software in different categories.

Please click here to download the table (PDF- OUTDATED!)

Author: Christian Schmieder (December 2014)