Best of the Tableau Web... March 2015

By Martha Kang 2015/04/15

Hey, talk Tableau to me.

Or rather, talk Tableau to this viz. This project by Jeff Shaffer and Allan Walker takes voice commands. (No, really. This is not a belated April Fools' Day joke.) The pair got the idea while discussing Shaffer’s previous work, a gesture-controlled slide presentation.

See for yourself by clicking on the image below. Use Chrome, and enable your microphone or webcam.

And that was just the start. Shaffer and Walker, with the help of Anya A'Hearn, have since added voice control to additional vizzes.

Now, onto the Best of the Tableau Web:

Tips & Tricks

VizPainter How To Hide Something on a Tableau Dashboard
Interworks Blog Use ‘Describe’ to Explore Data in Tableau
3danim8 A Quick Big Data Excel Tip for Tableau Users
VizPainter How to Convert Tableau to Powerpoint
Interworks Blog Bring in Only Needed Data
Evolytics Ways to Add Alerts to Your Dashboards
The Information Lab Show Me How: Dual Lines
Vizible Difference Nested Sorting and Top N per Category via Rank_Unique

Visual Design

3danim8 How To Install and Use Seven Fantastic Tableau Background Maps
Vizible Difference Grouping Lower % Bars in Bar Chart
DataBlick Circular and Hive Plot Network Graphing in Tableau
PolicyViz Killing the Paired Bar Chart

Beyond the Basics

Tableau Friction This Ruby Script IDs Data Sources in Use
Data Revelations It’s Your Data, Not the Viz, That’s Boring
Tableau Tinkering Tinkering with Data Refresh & Auto-Refresh
The Last Data Bender I’m Too Hexy For This Viz (Also: I'm a Hex Machine)

Tableau Server

Tableau Love Automatically Failover to your Tableau Server Backup Primary
Tableau Love Can I Still Hack the Login Screen in Tableau Server 9.0?

Tableau Use Cases

Wallpapering Fog The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Solar System
VizNinja The Evolution of the Speed Record

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Submitted by Alexander Mou (not verified) on

Congrats for your new job!

Excited to have two articles selected in this month! A little correction pls, could you change VizDiff to Vizible Difference as title to my blog? Thanks!

Alexander, thank you for the note. I've made the changes. Great posts. Thanks so much!

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