Thanks for posting your blog on MAXQDA as it was both encouraging and informative for this soon to be first time user. I am an online doctoral student who has decided to use MAXQDA instead of NIVO 8. This will be my first experience using any CAQDAS, and if you could respond to any possible obstacles or pitfalls I may encounter using MAXQDA, I would be enormously appreciative. My phenomenological-heuristic study consists of nine study participants in six focus group sessions. Other than getting the final approval for my proposal from the IRB, my biggest obstacle to date has been transcribing the data as I work full time and had to find someone willing to do the job for a reasonable fee.