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Visual FX in QlikView (5): Merry Xmas 2014!

Christmas time is near again, so it’s time for another visual effect in QlikView: the QlikFix 2014 Christmas Card. Using the trusty animated scatter plot once more, I’ve built a little spinning Christmas tree (and, in the spirit of Christmas, added some awful music 😉 ). Check the video below:

The complete QVW can be downloaded below:

Download the 2014 QlikFix Christmas Card

Wishing you all happy holidays and all the best for 2015!

More visual FX in QlikView:

 

Visual FX in QlikView (4): Season’s greetings!

Christmas time is coming near and I’m in a festive mood, so today I have a short post to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a QlikFix Christmas if I hadn’t whipped up a little visual effect in QlikView. Without further ado, here is my QlikView Christmas card to you:

But wait, there’s more! Inspired by the Christmas theme over at Matt Fryer’s QlikView Addict blog (a recommended read, by the way), I decided to create a small document extension that lets you add a little Christmas spirit to your own QlikView documents. Amaze (or annoy) your clients, co-workers and users! For example, how about adding a little snow to the golf course?
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Visual FX in QlikView (3)

With so many people commenting positively on my previous two pointless-but-pretty visual effects in QlikView, I’ve decided to make it an irregularly recurring Friday-afternoon series. At least, until I run out of ideas or opportunities to build these applications.

This time I’ve created an animated fire effect using a scatter plot. Like the previous two effects it has absolutely no practical application, unless you’re pitching QlikView to Industrial Light & Magic 😉 The video below demonstrates the effect.

 

If you want to try the application for yourself, you can download it by clicking the link below. Beware that the application is quite memory-hungry, you’ll need at least 4GB to run the app.

Download the QlikView Animated Fire app

Earlier posts in this series:

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 😉

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

Visualizing customer profitability with a whale curve

Do you know if your customers are profitable? All of them? Performing Customer Profitability Analysis can answer these questions and give you some amazing, and sometimes counter-intuitive, insights into your customers’ contribution to your bottom line.

This post describes one of the visualizations that you can create once you possess accurate data* on the profitability of your customers: the whale curve.

In a whale curve, customers are ranked by profitability, from highest to lowest, on the X-axis while their accumulated profit is plotted on the Y-axis. The curve that results can, with some imagination, be said to look like a whale coming out of the water. An example of a whale curve chart is shown below.

Whale curve example

When you look at this chart, you may notice that the top 200 customers generate the bulk of the profit.  You may also notice that the you are losing serious money on the bottom 100 customers and that the customers in the middle are more or less break-even.

Read on to learn how to create a whale curve in QlikView. Even if you’re not interested in creating a whale curve, you might still want to read on to learn more about the rank function and the continuous x-axis. read more »

“Art” in QlikView, now in color!

Mona Lisa in QlikView - Oh no the horror, it's only black and white!!!! Save us MicroStrategy!!!!! ;)I came across this post on the MicroStrategy Community tonight. It mentions a few of the Qlik and Tableau visualizations of famous paintings that floated around a few years ago. The images that were used back then, an example shown on the right, were black and white. Robert, the author of the MicroStrategy article, concludes that black and white is boring, and that it would be much better if the pictures were in color.

MicroStrategy to the rescue! Robert writes that as of version 10, you are able to do colored visualizations in MicroStrategy. He then goes on to demonstrate a few visualizations in color! Take that QlikView and Tableau!

Overwhelmed by this spectacle of colors, I was already considering dropping my career in QlikView and moving into MicroStrategy when a thought popped into my head. Could it be that the author was mistaking the limitations of the data set (which only contained black & white values) for limitations of the tools? Perhaps QlikView (and Tableau) could also visualize pictures in color?

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Scripts and wizards, too much script, not enough wizards

ScriptVsWizardsI recently read an interesting post by James Richardson over at the Business Discovery Blog: Wizards vs Scripts. In the post James makes the case that QlikView scripting is not old-fashioned or too hard, but is evidence of the power of QlikView as a platform.

Let me first state that I love QlikView scripting. I’m a guy who writes script for fun. I also agree that scripting offers much more flexibility than a visual solution ever could. With those things in mind, I would like to present a different viewpoint: I think that QlikView places too much emphasis on scripting. In my opinion, the default approach should be much more visual.

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Show all sheets and sheet objects

Show all sheets and sheet objectsAs promised in the previous post, today I have a tip for you that is of real, practical use.

Management summary: Ctrl + Shift + S overrules all conditional show expressions making every hidden sheet and sheet object visible.

Full story: Condtional show expressions are used in QlikView to show or hide a sheet or sheet object depending on if a predefined condition has been met. While this is extremely useful functionality to make your applications more user-friendly, it can be a real hassle during development.

If you want to edit a sheet or object when its show condition has not been met, you either have to make a selection that matches the condition, or you have to dig deep into the menu (Settings | Document Properties | Security | Show All Sheets and Objects) to disable, and when you’re done re-enable, conditional display. We all have better things to do with our time, for example reading blog posts that are way longer than they need to be.

Fortunately, in QlikView Desktop (‘classic’ view, not WebView) there is a shortcut: Ctrl + Shift + S overrules all conditional show expressions making every hidden sheet and sheet object visible. Now you know.

Options for geographical analysis in QlikView

With over 80% of data* having a spatial component,Geographical analysis in QlikView geographical analysis can add a powerful new dimension to almost any reporting environment. In the coming time I intend to review the various methods of extending QlikView with geographical analysis capabilities, describing how to apply these methods and what their pro’s and cons are.

Read on to see the options I have identified so far. read more »