Learn What's New in ATLAS.ti 22

We listened carefully to our users and have streamlined and redesigned many areas of the program to even better accommodate users' needs and workflows. Numerous innovative new functions show the way where ATLAS.ti is further headed—and where it continues to lead the pack of similar products.

The sum total of these new features makes for an exciting and powerful new ATLAS.ti experience.

We sincerely hope you'll enjoy it!

  1. Learn What's New in ATLAS.ti 22
  2. Useful Information
  3. The ‘What’s New’ Document
  4. New Features
  5. Import word comments and PDF annotations
  6. Import Social Network Comments
  7. Create Code Hierarchies, Organize Codes in Folder
  8. Improved Survey Import
  9. Concept Search
  10. Analyze Parts of Speech in Word Clouds and Lists
  11. More Data Visualizations
  12. Analyzing Code Distributions
  13. Live Chat
  14. New License Models
  15. New in ATLAS.ti Web: Visualizations, Import
  16. Miscellaneous
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Useful Information


If you have a license for ATLAS.ti 9, log into your account at my.atlasti.com to check on your upgrade options. If your purchase was after October 15, 2021, you qualify for a free upgrade.

If you have a license for an older version of ATLAS.ti, you can obtain an upgrade at a discount. Check for upgrade HERE .


If you are a reseller and have questions about buying ATLAS.ti 22 and/or upgrades for your customers, write to [email protected].

The ‘What’s New’ Document

Whether you are new to ATLAS.ti, or switching up from an older program version, this document tells you everything you need to know to get started smoothly in ATLAS.ti.

Learn about your user account, how to transfer your existing projects (spoiler alert: it’s largely automatic!), and get an introduction to the central features and innovations of ATLAS.ti 22-this document is for YOU!

Download it here.

New Features

Import word comments and PDF annotations

When importing Word documents with comments, or PDF documents with annotations, ATLAS.ti automatically turns them into quotations. The notes you made in the documents can now be found in the comments of these quotations, so you can pick up right where you left off without having to look up or add this information manually.

Import Social Network Comments

Social networks provide a powerful reflection of the structure and dynamics of the modern society. Often it is not a single tweet or post that is interesting, but the reactions and interactions of the social network users. There are many applications for analyzing user comments such as, social movements, brand communities, marketing campaigns, political discourse, discourses on currently relevant topics within a given community or society, understanding your audience, or even sh*t storms.

Supported social networks are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, VK, Twitch, Discord, Steam. Below you see an imported social network conversation from YouTube on the new 2022 Jeep Grand Cherokee. ATLAS.ti auto-codes all users. In addition, a Sentiment Analysis has been conducted, looking for positive and negative statements.

Figure 5: Import social network comments

Create Code Hierarchies, Organize Codes in Folder

ATLAS.ti 22 offers you new ways to organize your codes in the code system.

Figure 1: New ways of organizing codes

Another cool feature is that you can drag a category code to a data segment and select one or more of its subcodes for coding.

Figure 2: Drag a category code to a data segment and select one or more of its subcodes for coding

This also allows to query data on the aggregated level. You just select a category code if you want to analyze data on the aggregate level. If you want more detail, you select the subcodes. This is illustrated in the images below.

Figure 3: Query data on the aggregated level

Analysis on the aggregated level

Figure 4: Analysis for detail on the subcode level

This does not only apply to all analysis tools.

Improved Survey Import

Good news for those working with survey data. We have simplified the import of survey data; there is no longer the need to add any syntax before importing. You can import data as it is exported from Google Forms, Survey Monkey, Qualtrix, and the like. With the help of a wizard, you can decide which data should be included or excluded, which data should be transformed.

Figure 6: Survey Import Wizard

Analyze Parts of Speech in Word Clouds and Lists

The word clouds and lists received a further filter option. Filtering by parts of speech allows you to filter your data by specific grammatical elements (parts of speech) like adjectives, nouns, numerals, pronouns, etc. Below you see an example that only shows adjectives:

Figure 8: Word clouds and lists received a further filter option

More Data Visualizations

Data Visualization is a great way to simplify the complexity of understanding relationships among data. The Sankey Diagram is one such powerful technique to visualize the association of data elements, which we introduced in version 9. In the new version you can also create bar charts as alternative views.

Figure 9: Bar chart in the Code-Document Table
Figure 10: Comparing three respondent groups - using different colors for each subcode

Analyzing Code Distributions

After having coded the data, a look at the code distribution gives you a feel for the data. Which topics were mentioned more or less frequently, by whom, is there a difference between different groups of respondents? How are the topics distributed? Code distributions are displayed in the Document Manager and in the Code Manager.

Figure 11: Code distribution across documents in the Document Manager
Figure 12: Code distribution by documents in the Code Manager

If you hover over a bar, the code label and its frequency is shown. If you double-click on a bar, the Quotation Reader opens, and you can read the data coded by this code.

Live Chat

In addition to our email and telephone support, you can now also chat with us if you have a question or a problem. In ATLAS.ti Windows, you can access the Live Chat via the Help menu. In ATLAS.ti Mac, you find the Live Chat option in the toolbar.

Figure 13: Live Chat Icon

New License Models

We introduce the 3-year subscription model. It gives you absolutely great value for the money: Receive all major version upgrades during the entire duration of lease, a lower lease price compared to the annual lease, the possibility to prepay for multiple years, thus being able to meaningfully invest available budget moneys, and a lower annual rate.

We are switching to subscription licenses to ensure that all users always have the same program version. In the past it has been shown that the cooperation of users with different versions has led to problems, which can be avoided if all have the same version.

This became more and more important since the ATLAS.ti Windows and Mac desktop versions are fluently compatible with each other, so that projects can be moved between them at any time forth and back and like that everyone can work in a mixed team and also since projects from the Web version can be imported to the desktop versions and vice versa. All this would be very complicated if our users would work with different versions.

Perpetual licenses, i.e. licenses that included a version with unlimited use, was purchased mainly because institutions and companies did not have certainty about future budgets. To accommodate this need, we have therefore introduced a three-year subscription that is paid in advance to solve this problem. An institution can now spend what it currently has in its budget and purchase a license that is valid for a minimum of three years.

New in ATLAS.ti Web: Visualizations, Import

Figure 14: Donut Chart at ATLAS.ti Web
Figure 15: Tree Map at ATLAS.ti Web

We have added great new visualizations in ATLAS.ti Web (see above examples of a Donut Chart and a Tree Map), as well as the possibility to import ATLAS.ti 22 projects from the Windows and Mac versions.


We have added synonym lists for all interface languages and improved the database so you have more and better choices.

For data import from reference managers, we now also support the .bitTex format. Combined with the Endnote .xml format, this gives you an almost 100% compatibility with all reference managers.

We have extended the range of file types that ATLAS.ti Windows can read. The following file types can be imported and transformed into PDF documents:

  • eBooks in. epub and .mobi formats

  • Microsoft Visio and Libre Office / OpenOffice Draw

  • PowerPoint slides

The interface has a fresh new look. When you open a project, information about your project like its comments, number of documents, codes, etc. will be displayed on the screen:

Figure 16: Empty state when opening a project

We have reorganized and extended the context menus. For instance, adding code colors is available from the code context menu.

In the Windows version, you can now also merge codes via drag & drop. Further, you can edit a comment in the Apply Coding window and in the comment area of the project navigator and the browsers. Previously you could only view them.

We have simplified number functions, like removing the code tree and code forest, transitive relations in the Relation Manager, and semantic operators in the query tool. All of these are now no longer necessary, as a true hierarchy for codes is available. Being able to simply select a category to retrieve all the quotations of its subcodes has made the semantic down operator obsolete. Selecting multiple subcodes and retrieving their quotations has made the sibling operator obsolete.

And last but not least, a secret favorite for at least some of us on the team - the new project bundle icon in the Mac version. Isn't it adorable?

Figure 17: New project bundle icon in the Mac version