Me to Qlikview support:
Just so I understand, are you saying that under no circumstances is it possible to open a server based document through the browser or using open from server or url, and expect to be able to have design permissions. So if I am the administrator granted all permissions to do anything I want, I still can't design the document?
Yes, that is a good summary. Basically, QlikView Server is not built for, or meant to, handle Developer-level access from clients. The product is used to allow end users to work with QlikView applications (with server collaboration etc. that allows for a certain degree of personalization of an application).