We often get asked: What's better about Pulse than KX Dash?

Both products have happy customers so I would say it's not about one being better than the other.
Probably the exact same functionality can be implemented in either, the main difference will be the speed and ease given what you want to achieve for your particular use-case.

  • Future Proof - Pulse supports every database. Dash only supports kdb.
  • Pulse is 10% the Cost. We are a small nimble organization without sales people, this means we can price Pulse lower.
  • We are Open and Transparent - Pulse client code and issue backlog are public.
  • Pulse is app based. Dash is document based.
    Pulse can more easily let you create interactive applications.
    Dash is better at allowing HTML document like layouts.

We are always happy to engage in PoCs to directly find which is best for you.
contact us.

You can see below that the areas Pulse provides additional functionality it is mostly because

  • KX sell those features as part of a separate product;
  • fundamentally all of their technology must run and interact within the closed software stack that is kdb.

 PulseKX Dashboards
Individual Cost $199 Yes $$ $2,000 No $$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$
Capabilities Real-time visualization Real-time visualization
Enterprise Cost $30,000 Yes $$$ $200,000 No$$$$$$$$$$ $$$$$$$$$$ *KX don't publicly publish prices
Source Code YesSource Available for Client
n/aBased on industry standard React and Java.
NoClosed Source
NoRelies on Proprietary Language that requires separate license
Compatible Databases Yeskdb, kdb-streaming
Yespostgresql, mysql, ms sql, clickhouse
YesAnything that supports JDBC
Yeskdb, kdb-streaming
Nopostgresql, mysql, ms sql, clickhouse
Table YesTable
YesSparklines
YesTable
YesSparklines
Core Charts YesTime-Series
YesBar
YesLine
YesArea
YesTime-Series
YesBar
YesLine
YesArea
Extended Charts YesBubble, Pie, Scatter
YesCandlestick, Radar, Heatmap, Treemap
Yes3d Charts, Sunburst, ChartGL, BoxPlot
YesCalendar
YesBubble, Pie, Scatter
YesCandlestick, Radar, Heatmap, Treemap
Yes3d Charts, Sunburst, ChartGL, BoxPlot
n/aCalendar
SQL Editor YesSQL code editor. Same as very popular qStudio.
YesServer table tree
YesShare queries with team via link
n/aSQL code editor. Sold as a separate FD product.
NoServer table tree
NoShare queries with team via link
Other Visualizations YesVideo, External Content Yes Maps, Video, External Content.
Input Components YesForms, Dropdowns, Radio Buttons, Checkboxes, Date Picker, Date Range Picker, Text Field, Text Area, Slider, Code Editor. YesForms, Dropdowns, Radio Buttons, Checkboxes, Date Picker, Date Range Picker, Text Field, Text Area, Slider, Code Editor.
User Interface Simple drag-and-drop interface that is easy, clean, and interactive.
SQL query based, provides common operations in the UI.
Simple drag-and-drop interface that is easy, clean, and interactive.
Abstracts queries into data sources, provides common operations in the UI.
Features YesCan generate screenshots and email them as reports.
YesAbility to customize almost everything with point and click
NoCan generate screenshots and email them as reports.
YesAbility to customize almost everything with point and click
Speed YesFast. Charts update quickly with animations, can use streaming data with kdb subscriptions. YesFast. Charts update quickly with animations, can use streaming data with kdb subscriptions.
Deployment YesDesktop - Windows/Linux/Mac
YesCloud, SaaS, Web-Based
YesDesktop - Windows/Linux/Mac
NoCloud, SaaS, Web-Based