This month, we’re excited to announce a new customization feature for Qlik Sense Cloud Business users! You can now upload your own custom themes to your Qlik Sense Cloud Business workspace, and create and publish apps that reflect your own specific style requirements. For example, you can now apply a preferred color palette or your brand guidelines to apps.


To create your own custom theme, you’ll need to compile a compressed zip folder with three key components:

  • A definition (QEXT) file
  • A main JSON file
  • Any additional assets that support the theme as needed (i.e. CSS files)


Once you’ve created the folder, you can upload it to the new Themes section in the settings area of Qlik Sense Cloud Business. Once uploaded, the theme will then appear in the App Theme drop-down in the App Options menu. Don’t forget, you can also reference this list to apply any of the default themes available to all Qlik Sense Cloud users – Sense Classic, Sense Breeze, and Sense Focus.



Curious about what Google and Super Mario themes look like in Qlik Sense? Watch the video below to see how Mike Tarallo uses those examples to highlight everything you need to know to set up custom themes.

We’ve attached the Google theme files Mike uses in his demonstration to this blog so that you can try uploading custom themes on your own.


Finally, check out some of the great resources below – including our online help documentation and other Qlik Community blogs – for more details on how to create custom themes.


Can't see the video? YouTube blocked by your region or organization? Download the .mp4 attached to watch on your computer or mobile device.

Since we launched Qlik GeoAnalytics about a year ago, there has been great interest among both Qlik Sense and QlikView users in adding mapping and geo-analysis capabilities to their Qlik environment.  Now we are making it even easier.  Starting with Qlik Sense April 2018, we updated the mapping capabilities within Qlik Sense to be based on Qlik GeoAnalytics technology.


This new map chart object makes it easy to add maps to your app.  Location related names such as countries, counties, provinces, regions, cities, airports, and zip codes now utilize a dynamic location name lookup service to automatically define and visualize geo data.


This new capability is available to all Qlik Sense users, whether they are using Desktop, Enterprise or Cloud.  Additional Qlik GeoAnalytics features such as multiple layers, layer control, zoom levels, labels, and multiple point symbols are also included.  And if you have maps in your existing apps, they will be seamlessly migrated to the new map object.


Points and area layers are available in this initial release.  Additional layers and more capabilities are planned for future releases. Note that all geo-analysis calculations, such as drive-times, travel areas, binning, clustering or intersections, still require a different license.


If you haven’t seen it yet, some of these new mapping capabilities can be found in the video - What’s New in Qlik Sense April 2018.  Click on the image below to watch the video.


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As seen in the Product Keynote during Qonnections, the Qlik Sense April 2018 release has exciting new improvements to Qlik Sense Enterprise, Qlik Sense Cloud, Qlik DataMarket, and Qlik Nprinting!


As part of these improvements, the release offers Accelerated Self-Service, which is a collection of features powered by the new Qlik Cognitive Engine, aimed at streamlining and enhancing the creation experience from data to insights. Now providing a new augmented experience in the first few minutes of analysis, including cognitive AI suggestions and redesigned workflows that facilitate and automate the data loading and visualization process. This includes smart capabilities around chart recommendations, and simplified workflows for loading data and building analytics.  Qlik now automatically understands what type of fields are being dragged onto the screen.  For example, if you drag on a measure, the values will be summed and displayed as a KPI; and if you add a dimension the visualization will automatically change to a recommended optimal chart based on the data within the added fields.  These new features allow users to quickly gain insights rather than building charts. The release also includes improvements to accessibility, along with the new capability for self-service publishing in the Qlik Sense Hub – all of which support our commitment to Accelerated Self-Service!






The April 2018 release also provides more customizations, like improvements to theming, layout options, along with grid size control and custom abbreviations. Several other enhancements have been made including a new add on product for geocoding and a new multi-layer map object based on the Qlik GeoAnalytics technology. This supports dynamic lookups and shapes, and includes more background maps and projections.







For the Qlik Sense Mobile app for iOS, we are expanding Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) support, with AirWatch per-app VPN support. This allows enterprise administrators to manage Qlik Sense Mobile deployments and secure network traffic through corporate firewalls. 


In the Qlik NPrinting April 2018 release we have added SAML authentication, and have made improvements to the stability of Qlik Sense chart rendering. Further improvements have been made to the Qlik NPrinting filtering system for enhanced error monitoring capabilities.


For Qlik Sense Cloud, we have added the same capabilities as detailed above around accelerated self-service, improved customizations and multi-layer map objects.  Additionally, we have made UI and navigation enhancements to the Cloud hub which makes it even easier to collaborate and share, as well as adding the ability to download charts as images or PDFs and export data from charts.  We have expanded our data connectivity capabilities, including connectors for Oracle and PostgreSQL and a variety of new web/cloud connectors bringing us to over 31 Qlik Web Connectors! 


Lastly, in Qlik DataMarket, we have delivered two additional healthcare data packages, including Accountable Care Organizations (ACO’s) and Social Determinants of Health. 


For more information on the April 2018 release, head to Qlik’s “What’s new” page!