When released back in October 2012, the QlikView for iOS app introduced offline functionality for the iPad. The app offers a ‘best of both worlds’ experience for QlikView users, allowing full business discovery capabilities when connected, and the ability to access views and maintain associations when offline.
With the release of version 2.0 of the QlikView for iOS app (available in the apple app store), we have made some major improvements in the user interface that are worth noting. While the underlying architecture remains mostly the same, we have added more flexibility and further improved the user experience.
- Offline Queue: One of the most significant changes in the app is in the area of management of offline views. With prior versions, you could follow the download process through the progress bar, but it was not possible to manage downloads themselves. We have now added an “Offline Queue” that is accessible from the main screen, with a simple right to left swipe. Using this queue, you can monitor progress as well as pause and restart downloads. Since the queue separates the download process from the main screen, users can now access offline views that are already downloaded while waiting for additional downloads to finish.
- Separation Between Offline Views and Online Apps: With the latest version of the app, we have now separated the online apps and offline views into two separate tabs. This allows users to clearly distinguish between these modes, more easily find offline views, and most importantly, allow users to access offline views even if they are connected to the QlikView server.
- Improved Server Management: We have made improvements to make it easier to manage QlikView Server connections. The list of Access Points is now accessible with a left to right swipe from the main screen, which provides an overview of all configured servers. You can more easily add and edit servers as well as change the currently active connection.
- Settings: The application settings have now been moved to a menu within the app. This allows users to more easily manage their settings without the need to go in and out of the app.
In addition to these major changes, the design has received a major facelift to comply with iOS7 standards, as well as some small improvements such as file details and favorites available on the main screen.