5 QlikView Time Saving Design Tips
QlikView allows you to take your data and see it any way you want within seconds of starting developing. Putting your data into sexy charts, graphs and gauges, allowing you to assemble your data in new ways creating better visualisation and driving deeper understanding has never been easier.
All this design work however comes at a cost! A cost of development time! Here I will list my 5 top time saving design tips aiding in a speeder delivery of the front end.
1) Align left, right, top, bottom; ever spent your entire afternoon lining up list boxes, aligning titles or positioning graphs? With the built in align feature QlikView does this all for you in a flash! If more than 1 object is select you are able to align each to one another. No more un-tidy objects!
2) Copy Sheet; once you have created your design on your first sheet positioned all your objects and decided on your colouring there is no need to go and create it again for each new page. Simply right click on the sheet and select “Copy Sheet” this will make a direct copy of the sheet ready for you continue development. No more inconsistent designs!
3) Clone Object; if you’ve created the perfect chart with a selection of complex expressions which you want to use elsewhere within the same application you have no doubt already come across the “Clone” feature. This built in feature allows you clone objects copying all expressions, settings and preferences from the cloned object. No more copy and paste!
4) Linked Objects (Only in version 10); new to version 10 comes the nice feature of linked objects. When coping and pasting objects in version 10 you have the option to paste as a “Linked Object”. This will then inherit any design changes that are made to the original object. Drastically reducing time needed to make design changes. No more duplicated work!
5) Design Grid; if you need to design layout in little time the design grid can be your best friend! Switched on using the “View” menu, all objects will then snap to the grid allowing a faster design of the layout. No more messy designs!
There are plenty more tips and tricks out there so if anyone has any thoughts or handy tips please feel free to comment.