At the end of 2012, comScore estimated there were 52.4 million tablet owners in the U.S.; Apple sold another 19.5 million iPads in the first three months of 2013 alone. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some companies, such as Roambi, Tableau, and Bloomberg are starting to offer mobile, touch-aware data visualization apps.
But dropping your desktop user interface onto a tablet doesn’t really take the best advantage of all of those touches and gestures now, does it?
Consider Bloomberg’s iPad app. By most standards, it’s a superbly designed interface for browsing and visualizing stock information:
But, for instance, adding and removing comparative measures to graphs still requires pecking through menus, with a finger that sometimes feels just a little too obese for the job. With the exception of zooming in / out on a graph with a pinch, the app largely... keep reading