August 26, 2020
When you use or see Komment™ for the first time you might think that it is always represented as a table as shown below.
So to learn that Komment™ can actually take on three different modes with just the click of a button will probably amaze you just a little bit. You simply go to the Setup menu and choose your desired Mode:
As you can see Komment™ can take on three different Modes:
When using the table mode users can edit and add data directly in the table. We call this inline editing. You can edit multiple different records and fields before hitting the save button and if you need to make the same changes to many records at the same time you can use the batch edit option. In the table mode you can also use expressions as in any other Qlik chart object.
One of the most noteworthy differences between the table mode and the two other modes, is that in table mode you can filter your data directly inside the table. The table will also respond to the selections you do in the native Qlik objects.
The form mode was actually the first mode we had in Komment™. We have therefore seen it used in many different scenarios. The form mode is very efficient to use and can be highly customized.
The records you change, add or delete using Form mode is naturally made part of the data model right away which means that you can use them directly in all the objects in your Qlik Sense application. In the Form mode you rely on selections in other charts to ensure you change the correct records in your data. It is still possible to apply changes to multiple records at a time - it is all controlled by your selections.
The layout in the Form mode is easily controlled using a simple grid system. In the example above the first six widgets (First Name, Last Name,...) all have a widget width set to 6. As the total grid width is 12, this means that they will each occupy 50% of the horizontal space.
Some widget types have more available settings than others. For instance in the Group widget type that is used for the Stage field in the example above, it is possible to assign specific colors for each of the options that are possible for the user to select.
As it is the case in the Table mode, you can include Read-only widgets to give the users the proper content to their selections. In the above example you can see that the first four fields are grayed out but still visible. This can prove very helpful to the user to ensure they are changing the right records.
As popular as the Form mode is, there can be cases where you do not have much space available on your sheet. That is where the Popup mode comes in very handy. The use of the Popup mode is essentially the same as using the Form mode. The big difference is that when not in use you will only see it a a floating button on the sheet.
Whenever you want to make a comment to your data you simply press the button and a Form will popup on top of your sheet contents. Now you can enter data in the same way as you do in Form mode.
If you prefer to have the button placed a certain place on your sheet you can do that as well.
We think it is pretty cool to get three extensions in one - if you do too please get in touch with us to try out our online demo or get your hands on a trial version so you can get the full experience in your own apps. You can use one of the contact forms on our site or you can send us a mail on email@example.com.
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