Announcing Quirkos Cloud!

  For a long time now, one of the most requested features for Quirkos has been a way to work with remotely stored data, on any device. Researchers frequently switch between computers, laptops and mobile devices, and want to collaborate with people across the world. They want the convenience of knowing your data will be accessible wherever you are, and will be safely backed up for you.   That’s why we’ve spent nearly two

Teaching qualitative analysis software with Quirkos

It’s a new academic year, and many professors, lecturers and TAs will be reviewing their course materials and slides for this semester and beyond. Those teaching qualitative methods will also be looking at how to teach qualitative analysis, and wondering about including software as part of that process. While qualitative analysis software is only one small part of the qualitative methods puzzle and journey, it can take a

Announcing Quirkos version 2!

Today we are announcing that a major new version of Quirkos is coming in September! Version 2  will offer big new features that users have requested, including memos, rich text support, new editable reports, an improved interface, and much more.   Memos are a feature that people have been requesting for a while, and we are excited to have this coming in the next version. This allows users to write notes which are attached to specific

Quirkos v1.5.2 is here!

  We are pleased to announce a bug fix release for Quirkos that takes us to version 1.5.2.   This is a fairly minor update, but includes 4 bug fixes people had reported:     • Quirks that got ‘stuck’ and couldn’t be dragged     • An issue with deleting sources that sometimes caused properties to have extra ‘not defined’ responses     • A bug

7 unique things that make Quirkos awesome

Quirkos is now 3 years old! To celebrate, we’re taking a break from our regular programming of qualitative method posts to remind everyone why Quirkos is the best qualitative analysis software around...   1. All the colours! Obviously I’m going to start with the most important features first. Some qualitative analysis software restricts you to only 8 colours when customising your themes. Quirkos lets you choose from 16

Quirkos v1.5 is here

  We are happy to announce the immediate availability of Quirkos version 1.5! As always, this update is a free upgrade for everyone who has ever brought a licence of Quirkos, so download now and enjoy the new features and improvements.   Here’s a summary of the main improvements in this release:   Project Merge You can now bring together multiple projects in Quirkos, merge sources, Quirks and coding from many authors at

Quirkos vs Nvivo: Differences and Similarities

I’m often asked ‘How does Quirkos compare to Nvivo?’. Nvivo is by far the largest player in the qualitative software field, and is the product most researchers are familiar with. So when looking at the alternatives like Quirkos (but also Dedoose, ATLAS.ti, MAXQDA, Transana and many others) people want to know what’s different!   In a nutshell, Quirkos has far fewer features than Nvivo, but wraps them up in an easier

How Quirkos can change the way you look at your qualitative data

We always get a lot of inquiries in December from departments and projects who are thinking of spending some left-over money at the end of the financial year on a few Quirkos licences. A great early Christmas present for yourself the team! It’s also a good long term investment, since our licences don’t expire and can be used year after year. They are transferable to new computers, and we’ve committed to provide free updates

Quirkos version 1.4 is here!

It’s been a long time coming, but the latest version of Quirkos is now available, and as always it’s a free update for everyone, released simultaneously on Mac, Windows and Linux with all the new goodies! The focus of this update has been speed. You won’t see a lot of visible differences in the software, but behind the scenes we have rewritten a lot of Quirkos to make sure it copes better with large qualitative sources and

Tips and advice from one year of Quirkos

  This week marks the one-year anniversary of Quirkos being released to the market! On 6th October 2014, a group of qualitative researchers, academics and business mentors met in a bar in Edinburgh, and at 8pm, version 1.0 of Quirkos was launched to the world. We then drank the bar dry of Prosecco (Champagne being much too expensive). Now Quirkos is being used in more than 30 universities across the world, and it's so exciting to see how

Levels: 3-dimensional node and topic grouping in Quirkos

  One of the biggest features enabled in the latest release of Quirkos are 'levels', a new way to group and sort your Quirks thematically. While this was always an option in previous versions, they are now fully integrated into the search and query views, making them much more useful. However, this is a tricky thing to describe conceptually, so this post will give a few use-case scenarios.   In Quirkos, the topics or themes that you

Quirkos for Linux!

  We are excited to announce official Quirkos support for Linux! This is something we have been working on for some time, and have been really encouraged by user demand to support this Free and Open Source (FOSS) platform. Quirkos on Linux is identical to the Windows and Mac versions, with the same graphical interface, feature set and file format, so there are no issues working across platforms. Currently we are only offering a script

Quirkos 1.3 is released!

We are proud to announce a significant update for Quirkos, that adds significant new features, improves performance, and provides a fresh new look. Major changes include: PDF import Greater ability to work with Levels to group and explore themes Improved performance when working with large projects New report generation and styling Ability to copy and paste quotes directly from search and hierarchy views Improved CSV export New

The CAQDAS jigsaw: integrating with workflows

  I’m increasingly seeing qualitative research software as being the middle piece of a jigsaw puzzle that has three stages: collection, coding/exploring, and communication. These steps are not always clear cut, and generally there should be a fluid link between them. But the process, and enacting of these steps is often quite distinct, and the more I think about the ‘typical’ workflow for qualitative analysis, the more I

Using Quirkos for fun and (extremely nerdy) projects

This week, something completely different! A guest blog from our own Kristin Schroeder!   Most of our blog is a serious and (hopefully) useful exploration of current topics in qualitative research and how to use Quirkos to help you with your research. However we thought it might be fun to share something a little different. I first encountered qualitative research in a serious manner when I joined Quirkos in January this year, and to

Bringing survey data and mixed-method research into Quirkos

  Later today we are releasing a small update for Quirkos, which adds an important feature users have been requesting: the ability to quickly bring in quantitative and qualitative data from any spreadsheet, or online survey tool such as SurveyMonkey or LimeSurvey.   Now, users can bring in mixed-method data in one click, with the ability to analyse and compare qualitative and quantitative data together. If you have a survey with

Qualitative research on the Scottish Referendum using Quirkos

  We've now put up the summary report for our qualitative research project on the Scottish Referendum, which we analysed using Quirkos. You can download the PDF of the 10 page report from the link above, I hope you find something interesting in there! The full title is "Overview of a qualitative study on the impact of the 2014 referendum for Scottish independence in Edinburgh, and views of the political process" and here's the summary

Free materials for qualitative workshops

  We are running more and more workshops helping people learn qualitative analysis and Quirkos. I always feel that the best way to learn is by doing, and the best way to remember is through play. To this end, we have created two sources of qualitative data that anyone can download and use (with any package) to learn how to use software for qualitative data analysis.   These can be found at the workshops folder. There are two different

Upgrade from paper with Quirkos

Having been round many market research firms in the last few months, the most striking things is the piles of paper, or at least in the neater offices - shelves of paper! When we talk to small market research firms about their analysis process, many are doing most of their research by printing out data and transcripts, and coding them with coloured highlighters. Some are adamant that this is the way that works best for them, but others are a

Help us welcome Kristin to Quirkos!

So far, Quirkos users have mostly been based in the academic and university based research areas: perhaps not surprising considering where the project grew from. However, from very early on we got a lot of positive feedback from market research companies working with qualitative and text based data, who had many of the same frustrations and issues with qualitative research software that we had in the academic sphere. Indeed, some of the early

New Leith offices for Quirkos

Just in time for the new year, Quirkos is growing!   We now need a bigger office to accomodate new hires, so we've moved to the 'Shore' at Leith, the seafront of Edinburgh. We've now got space to grow further, and to entertain visitors, all within walking distance of the sea and a short trip from the centre of Edinburgh. There are many exciting companies around us, and we are happy to be in such a nice part of town, with a different place

Quirkos is launched!

It's finally here! From today, anyone can download the full 1.0 release version of Quirkos for Windows or Mac OS X! Versions for Linux and Android will be appearing later in the month, but since Windows and Mac account for most of our users, we didn't want people to wait any more. Everyone can use the full version for free for one month, with no restrictions. At the end of the 30 day trial period, you'll need to order a licence to keep using

Announcing Pricing for Quirkos

At the moment, (touch wood!) everything is in place for a launch next week, which is a really exciting place to be after many years of effort. From that day, anyone can download Quirkos, try it free for a month, and then buy a licence if it helps them in their work. We've set up the infrastructure so that people can either place purchase orders through their finance department, or make a direct sale through the website by credit or debit card.

Quirkos is just weeks away!

It's been a long time since I've had time to write a blog article, as there are so many things to put in place before Quirkos launches in the next few weeks. But one-by-one everything is coming together. Feedback has helped us tweak the interface, testing across all the platforms is going well, the manuals and support resources are developing and the infrastructure is in place to let us deliver downloads and licences to our first

Knowing your customers

As consumers, it feels like we are bombarded more than ever with opportunities for providing feedback on products and services. While shopping on-line, or even when browsing BBC News we are asked to complete a short questionnaire; after dealing with a telephone bank there’s the option to complete a quick survey; and at airport security you can rate your experience by hitting a button with either a smiley face or a frowny face.   But

True cross-platform support

Another key aim for Quirkos was to have proper multi-platform support. By that, I mean that it doesn't matter if you are using a desktop or laptop running Windows, a Mac, Linux, or a tablet, Quirkos is the same across them all. You can swap files between different operating systems without needing to convert them, and the interface is the same for everyone. Magic! This seems like such a simple goal, but Quirkos will be the first qualitative

A new Qualitative Research Blog

While hosted by Quirkos, the main aim for this blog is to promote the wider use of qualitative research in general. We will link to other blogs and articles (not just academic), have guest bloggers, and welcome comments and discussion. Qualitative research is a very powerful way to understand and fix our world, and one of the main aims in developing Quirkos was to make it possible for a much wider range of people to use qualitative software to