Vizable Overview

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    Vizable is a free iOS app that turns your data into beautiful, interactive graphs.


    Watch: Touch your data to analyze and understand it. You don’t have to build anything—just explore and share.



    In this article:


    Worlds for quantity or time

    Vizable provides two main places to work: Category World and Time World. Each world contains all the tools you need to explore your data in context.


    You begin in Category World, where your data is displayed with bar charts based on sum, average, minimum, maximum, count unique, or percent of total.


    Tap the line chart icon at the top to visit Time World, where you can compare data points across days, weeks, months, and years. Tap, hold, and drag to measure change over time.


    Tip: Already read enough? Skip straight to UI Quick Reference for a roll-up view of the Vizable tools and how they work.


    Or, get the details on Category World and Time World.


    Ask and answer questions about your data

    Answer questions about your data as quickly as you can ask them. With Vizable, you can create a viz to answer one question, think of another, and update your viz without affecting underlying data sources or worrying about making mistakes. Undo and redo to your heart’s content, but don’t stop asking questions.


    Vizable does the heavy lifting—the calculating, the aggregating, the dividing, the rendering—so that you can spend time on specifics.


    For example, check out the sample data set Movies in Vizable.




    Look at how Vizable tells this data story in Category World (above) and Time World (below).



    Immediate insights into your data

    At a glance, you can easily see that adventure movies are, by far, the most successful film genre at the box office. A bar chart in Category World does that for you. Similarly, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to observe that film releases are bringing in more money than ever. Time World makes this observation quick and easy.


    Movies in Category World

    Category World employs bar charts to make clear comparisons. Right now, we see global box office revenue by film genre. But what if you want more information? Pinch out on the column Genre. Now, box office revenue by movie within its genre is shown. Nice!


    Category World simplifies your viz by placing category columns (like film genres) on the left, and number columns (like box office revenue) on the right.


    Where would you pinch out to add additional numeric data?




    Yep, on the right. We can easily view each film’s MovieLens rating, which is numeric data, by genre—and we still see box office revenue. Awesome.


    Movies in Time World

    Toggle over to Time World. Here, global box office revenues of all films is spread across many years. But maybe you want more detail: What happened between May and September in 1999, for instance? Zoom in on your date range by pinching out on your data.


    To see just how much revenues dropped between May and September, tap on May and drag to September. A selection box appears that shows percent change:




    Yikes, a 65% drop!


    Looking at data graphically is more fun, efficient, and communicative than scanning rows of data in a spreadsheet. Vizable capitalizes on this simple truth and takes it one step further with interactivity.


    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a viz—auto-generated, interactive, and customizable—must be worth a million or so.


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    Save a view

    Say you stumble across a view that you want to save to come back to later. All you need to do is tap the star icon in the upper right, and then tap the + icon.




    Navigating between saved views is pretty easy, too. Tap the star icon, and select the view that you want to open.


    In this example, we save a new view and then open a previously saved one.



    Just remember that saved views are tied to the data set you're working with. So, while you're in the Movies data set, you can save and open all your Movies views, but you'd have to open the Weather data set to see those saved views.


    To share a view, just tap the share icon in the upper right-hand corner. For more on sharing, check out Share Vizable Insights.

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    Use full screen mode

    Tap the Full Screen button in the lower right-hand corner to hide the Add Filter area and extend Vizable to the full width of your device.


    Tip: You can also swipe left under the Add Filter button to go full screen. To exit full screen, swipe from the right edge towards the center .


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    Multitasking: Slide Over and Split View

    If you're feeling especially efficient, use Vizable in Slide Over or Split View mode. Both modes allow you to multitask on an iPad.


    Use Slide Over to quickly jot down a note or respond to an incoming email without leaving Vizable:




    Split View allows you to use two apps at once. For instance, in this mode, use Vizable while checking out the underlying data in Excel. It's a great way to make analytical comparisons:




    Note: Apple enables Split View on the iPad Air 2, the iPad Mini 4, and the iPad Pro.


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    Now that you've finished Vizable Overview, check out Import Your Data and About the Sample Data Sets.