Welcome to part two in LivingQlik’s series on Must-Have Qlik Sense Extensions. In part one, we focused on my 7 favorite visual extensions. After doing more research and collecting feedback from the community, we decided to do one more installment to round-out the list.
If you need help installing Qlik Sense extensions, please go back to that article for a brief explanation.
Without further ado, here are 9 more must-have visual Qlik Sense extensions.
1. Simple Table with Links
Download from: Qlik Branch – Simple Table with Links
Author: Daniel Pilla
This is a handy way to add external images to your Qlik Sense tables. There are definitely times where I have had to do this in QlikView and now we can add links and or images to our Qlik Sense apps.
You can turn on the html links and/or the image options. You can also size the images. There are not many options here, but this is workable for most situations.
2. SVG Reader
Download from: Qlik Branch – SVG Reader
Author: Brian Munz
A great map visualization by the incomparable Brian Munz. The SVG Reader relies on SVG files rather than the KML files required in the native Qlik Sense map object. The extension comes packed with 30+ map files to start with. You can of course add your own files to the list.
The SVG Reader comes with tons of options for pop-ups, colors and zooms.
Individual “shapes” can be selected, like in native objects.
If you are having trouble coming up with KML data, this would be a great alternative option.
3. Interactive Timeline
Download from: Qlik Branch – Interactive Timeline
Author: Ralf Becher
The Interactive Timeline is an extension created by the great legendary Ralf Becher.
This chart is specific in its use, and therefore requires the correct kind of data. There are 5 possible dimensional fields depending on what you are trying to do. See the Qlik Branch site for some info on configuration.
The Interactive Timeline contains many options to perfect your analysis case including some color options using CSS, range options and there is even a way to exclude weekends from the chart.
4. Trellis Chart
Download from: Qlik Branch – Trellis Chart
Author: Michael Laenen
I love Trellis Charts! And I was so disappointed when Qlik Sense shipped without this ability.
But worry not.
The Trellis Chart extension in Qlik Sense, developed by Michael Laenen works a charm.
The Trellis Chart implemented in this extension is actually very elegant in that you can have the Secondary Dimension label appear as a watermark inside the chart. Another great feature is that the axes can be turned on or off but also are not unnecessarily repeated on every chart. The Y-axis only shows up on the left-most charts and the X-axis labels appear on the bottom-most charts.
All the options you expect are here. This is very well executed and a must-have in your toolbag.
Download from: Qlik Branch – Simple Table with Links
Author: Joe Warbington
The Qlik Sense YouTube Extension is self-explanatory. It allows you to embed YouTube videos in your apps.
I could see recording a training tutorial in my apps that shows the user how to interact with Qlik Sense for example.
The only real option we needed was the ability to get to a video based on selections. Thankfully the VideoID field allows us to input an expression.
6. Sankey Diagram
Download from: Qlik Branch – Sankey Diagram
Author: Xavier Le Pitre
The Sankey diagram is an excellent visualization for analyzing process flows and paths. The extension uses the D3 library. Here I used it to display sales through a hierarchy but I see use-cases for this in web analytics, specifically to visualize visitor page paths through a site.
Options on the Sankey Diagram can limit number of data points and play with color schemes for both the path and the dimension values.
Download from: Qlik Branch – qsVariable
Author: Erik Wett
qsVariable allows Qlik Sense users to finally change the value of a variable within the UI. It comes in four different entry styles:
Tip: You will have to first declare the variable in the script before it can be referenced in the dashboard.
8. Vizlib Text Object
Download from: Qlik Branch – Vizlib Text Object
Author: Martin Mahler
This is one of those obvious things I thought we would get with Qlik Sense’s text object out-of-the-box. After all, if we are rebuilding Qlik with a complete web architecture, why wouldn’t we be able to incorporate html coding and styling inside objects?
Well Martin Mahler has come to our rescue with an incredibly versatile that will display things as simple as independently html/css styled text to embedding websites as backgrounds.
It also supports Qlik Sense actions, like we would use a text object trigger in QlikView.
This one is definitely a “must have”.
9. Interactive Radar Chart
Download from: Qlik Branch – Interactive Radar Chart
Author: Brian Booden & Matthieu Burel
Anybody who has spent much time with me knows I despise radar charts. This is because 90% of the time, a bar or line chart would do a better job at providing the same analytical value. The exception to this would be where we are attempting to analyze the shifting seasonality.
But I included the new Interactive Radar chart because it is just do darn sexy. Combine that with the more concrete benefit of being to efficiently display more than a single dimension make this extension fun to use.
There is an option to draw smooth lines or straight. There are also a handful of color options.
Again, please be sure to visit Qlik Branch. The developers posting these extensions are doing so for no other reason than to further our overall community so they deserve our patronage and support! And if you missed the first installment, here it is:
I plan on possibly creating a few more posts on other types of Qlik Sense extensions that focus on document-level functionality and QMC tweaks.
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