Sneak Peek: New Ways of Seeing

By Ross Perez December 2, 2011

As many of you know, we will be launching Tableau 7.0 in early 2012! This is an exciting release for us here at Tableau and is packed with features and functionality customers have been requesting. This is the first in a series of blog posts giving you a first hand sneak peek of the product.

The new chart types and enhanced analytical flow in Tableau 7.0 will make every new viz exciting and easy to create. Of the dozens of new features in Tableau 7.0, these are the just a few of the ones that will help make your everyday work easier and more fulfilling.

Filled maps

Everyone has wanted them at some point, and now they are available in Tableau 7.0! Our beautiful filled maps work the world over and down to the Zip Code level in the US. These are especially useful when looking at categorical data like sales territories, or percentage change data like the employment growth viz below.

Show Me

has always been a great way for new users to experience the joy of speed-of-thought analytics. Now, Show Me remains open so anyone can quickly change between visualization types on the fly, or even add new fields to a visualization. Furthermore, Show Me now tells you exactly how many Dimensions and Measures you will need for a particular visualization. All in all, Show Me provides a trouble free way to analyze at the speed of your thoughts.

Area Chart

It is a common problem: you are looking at a line chart showing the change over time among several different categories (industry, state, etc). A line chart is excellent for showing the growth and change of the individuals, but it is horrible at showing the change of the group as a whole. Enter the Area Chart, a brand new mark type in Tableau 7.0. Not only does it show the change for individuals as well as a line chart, it also beautifully shows the growth of the whole. The viz below shows this in its examination of flight delays at Chicago O'Hare airport.

Needless to say, all of these new features will help you analyze your data quicker and easier.

Coming Soon

Stay tuned! Next week's Sneak Peek blog post will cover the Tableau 7.0 Data Server product!

Comments

Submitted by Gareth John (not verified) on

I would like to use filled maps (polygons) to display the spatial variations in disease and healthcare provision different levels of geography within Wales (UK). I understand that the US is well catered for with zip code geographies built into Tableau 7.0 but am wondering whether Tableau 7.0 will allow me to supply my own custom geographic areas (polygons) so that I can take advantage of the filled maps functionality.

Thanks

Gareth

Submitted by Josh V. on

Hi Gareth, if you have the data describing these shapes, you can do this in the product today. Two KB articles worth looking at:
- http://66.35.252.234/community/support/kb/tableau-polygons-arcgis-shapefiles
- http://66.35.252.234/support/knowledge-base/polygon-shaded-maps

Good luck!

Submitted by Chad Dotzenrod (not verified) on

Any plans for heat maps or decomp charts? Our users really like the heat map that Proclarity had back in the day (and that Microsoft killed).

Submitted by Gareth John (not verified) on

Thanks for your reply Josh.

I have previously managed to get Tableau to create filled maps using the polygon option under "Marks". However, I have to supply this dataset each time along with the indicator data related to those areas, meaning that I have to work with a rather messy dataset with the same indicator data repeated for every apex of the associated polygon. This has caused me some major problems when I've tried to use filters etc.
I was hoping that there would be a way uploading polygons (and their assocuiated names/codes) using the "import custom geography" option in Tableau 7.In this way I could reuse them for any number of analyses using the geographic role feature. Currently, you can only use geographic roles for point data - with the new filled maps function in Tableau 7.0, does anyone know if this will extend to polygons ?

Submitted by TableauEnthusiast (not verified) on

Tableau 6.1 is touted for the iPad2 (with app). Should we expect to see an Android Market app any time soon? Or at least, touch functionality on an Android Tablet? Thanks!

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