Monthly Archives: July 2012

Visual FX in QlikView (2)

After the many enthusiastic responses to last week’s post on visual effects in QlikView, I’ve decided to post one more pretty-but-pointless animated chart before returning to the serious stuff. This time I’ve created a plasma effect using an animated scatter plot in QlikView. The video below demonstrates the application.


If you want to try out the application yourself, you can download the full application below.

Download the QlikView Animated Plasma app

That’s it for this time. The next post will have practical use again, I promise ūüėČ

Visual FX in QlikView

Today’s post comes to you straight from the Department of Useless-But-Fun Stuff.

Many people have seen Hans Rosling’s informative (and very entertaining) presentations in which he uses his Gapminder software to present data in animated scatter plots. With the Animate Dimension function, QlikView offers similar functionality to create animated charts.

Unfortunately, as many have discovered, animating charts in QlikView does not immediately make them informative or entertaining. In fact, the opposite is quite often the case; boring data is presented in an animated form and becomes even more tedious.

Curious to see if I could create an animated chart that, while maybe not informative, at least looks pretty, I decided to create a chart based on Lissajous curves. You can see the result, which uses a standard scatter plot, in the video below. The video contains cheesy music, so check the volume level before pressing play.


Of course, this chart lacks any practical application, but I find that it does look quite cool. Incidentally, this is also the only case  in which the use of shiny spheres in a scatter plot is permissible. Should you want to play around with the app, it can be downloaded below.

Download the QlikView Animated Lissajous Curve app

QlikView Extension tutorials, documentation and examples

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QlikView extensions documentation, tutorials and examples.QlikView Extensions offer nearly unlimited possibility to extend the look, feel, behavior and functionality of QlikView. Unfortunately, most QlikView developers seem to avoid them. While many may simply not need extensions, I often get the impression that a second, more important reason is that most QlikView developers currently miss the required web development skills.

For QlikView developers wanting to bridge the gap between QlikView and extension development, the lack of documentation and scattered examples can make it seem like a daunting task. In reality though, once you find the right resources it is a relatively small step.

The goal of this post is two-fold. First it aims to provide a few key resources that will help you quickly start developing extensions. Secondly, it is meant as a continually updated repository of QlikView extension examples, tutorials, documentation and relevant forum discussions.

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