It’s time for a new post, and today it is a very special one. QlikTech has released a beta version of the new “AJAX Touch Client” and I think it is major news and will give QlikView a big bump in the mobile filed.
Previous Mobile Client
If you used the QlikView mobile client before, whether on an iPad, iPhone or Android (no longer available, by the way), you know that the mobile version of QlikView was designed to show one single object at a time. That was OK, since mobile devices have a limited screen space and if you wanted to see the complete set of objects in a sheet, shown at the same time, you needed to zoom in to actually view the numbers.
With the release and ever-increasing availability of the iPad, customers started to notice that seeing only one object in the almost 10-inches screen space was just not efficient. Some of them even preferred to open Safari and just go to the QlikView AccesPoint as they would in a normal PC/Laptop, and my opinion is that there was not a lot of functionality lost when using this method, although it wasn’t the best navigation experience either. So there are the two main problems with the previous mobile client:
- Not Being able to see the whole screen with all it’s objects at the same time.
- Not having full functionality when accessing through Safari.
So, QlikTech made a move towards perfecting the mobile experience and created the AJAX Touch Client, which uses the same technology we already know (AJAX), but now with multi-touch capabilities when accessing via an iPad or iPhone. Support for other touch devices has not been included yet, as stated in the release notes.
Now, some of you may recall the “Universal Touch Client”, which I believe is under development still, and I need to mention that this is not the same. You will soon see the difference.
So, here is my review after testing the client on an iPad.
Review of the AJAX Touch Client
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