About Quirkos

Quirkos is a qualitative data analysis software that provides users with the tools to tag and code qualitative text data in a more engaging and intuitive way. The codes can be seen being written in real-time allowing for trends and patterns to be identified by users.

Quirkos is compatible and identical across Mac, Windows and Linux. The software is specifically designed for researchers and students in academia, non-profit, government and market research. It was developed for users that are looking to quickly start analyzing qualitative text data, without spending lots of time and resources on learning the software.


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3 Reviews of Quirkos

Overall rating

4.33 / 5 stars

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March 2019

Tom from US Managed Care

Company Size: 10,000+ employees

Industry: Medical Practice

Time Used: Less than 12 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

4.0

March 2019

Why Quirkos was the best choice for my literature reviews....

Excellent and would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking to integrate a CAQDA process in their workflow as I have done, especially if you work between platforms.

Pros

First and foremost, as mentioned in countless reviews, I too have found Quirkos to be the easiest CAQDA software to use. It allows me to focus on my work and not how to do it. Its coding visualization feature (visualizing individual quirks from my text data) is exceptionally powerful and again easy to implement right away. Additionally, two features for me that I found exceptionally powerful (since I work on both macs and windows) is the ease at which I can work cross platform. Since, the interface is the same on both macs and windows it is very easy to switch back and forth. Most importantly, I really found the autosave feature a lifesaver by keeping my most recent and up to date version always available to me (one computer at a time). Lastly, and to me, interestingly, although I have access to other more feature rich CAQDA software (NVIVO, Atlas.ti and MaxQDA), I use Quirkos most, I think due to its ease of use and ability to not interfere with my workflow between computers, albeit within the textual environment (rtf, txt, doc). In essence, it allows me to jump right in and get my work done.

Cons

I think at the top, would be its less robust feature set of working primarily with textual formats (text, word documents and rich text formats). Would like to see future support for pdf (natively) and multimedia objects in the future. Since most of my work deals with my pdfs, I have learned to work around this limitation by exporting my highlighted summaries from the pdfs sources and work with these snippets within Quirkos. Quirkos works perfectly within my workflow and create a nice export summary of all my relationships and insights.

March 2019

Dona from Stockton University

Company Size: 1 employee

Industry: E-Learning

Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2019

Easy for Beginners

Used Quirkos for a beginning qualitative analysis project ... small dataset ... minimal experience as a coder ... found Quirkos very easy to use, intuitively designed ... not hard to get the project and analysis 'up and running' ... Would recommend to anyone seeking to get started quickly ...

Pros

Easy to use with minimal 'learning curve' ...

Cons

Not much ... liked it! ... Had to rely on Quirkos support for help with the graphics on my older computer ... but didn't take long to fix it ...

Response from Quirkos

Replied March 2019

Thanks for your feedback!

March 2018

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Ray from Trimal

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Time Used: Less than 6 months

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

2.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

1.0

March 2018

Installed and tested Quirkos 1.4. It couldn't handle a 100 page Word document for coding.

I learnt how important it is for a QDA to be robustly designed from the very start. Quirkos suffers from a lack of robust design that reduces its stability and made it essentially useless to me. It has great potential and could be a major QDA application especially because of its true cross-platform support that includes Linux.

Pros

The design of the user interface is excellent. The interface is intuitive, easy to use, and follows quite an intuitive method of assigning codes to documents. The fact that Quirkos is cross-platform, and is the only bigger-name QDA that will run natively in Linux, is utterly brilliant. Researchers and grad students who rely on Linux should consider Quirkos. Perhaps the shortcomings I have noted here will not be problems for usage, or hopefully have been remedied.

Cons

The backend design of Quirkos is simply not robust enough for qualitative data analysis. My field research Word documents are all 100 -200 pages in length. Quirkos was not able to handle even one of these documents for coding. The application became very slow and unresponsive and eventually crashed. Customer service told me that v1.4 was unable to handle long documents, but added that the team was rewriting much of the code for a more robust release. In my opinion, a QDA application must be able to handle huge documents with no reduction in speed or responsiveness. Another con is that Quirkos is unable to code PDF documents directly. PDF documents must be converted into .txt or .doc formats in order to import into the software for coding. This is simply not a practical solution for researchers who have many PDF documents for analysis. Transcoding to another format will also lead to the loss of original page number formatting- this can be problematic when it comes to citing an exact page number

Response from Quirkos

Replied September 2018

Thanks for your feedback! Sorry that you had performance issues with this much older version, and it's a shame you wrote a review of 2-year old software. We have released 4 free updates since v1.4 and greatly improved performance, especially on Linux with native 64bit support. We always welcome people to try the new versions as they come out, so do download the trial and give it a spin again...