New features in beta: dashboard buttons, transparent backgrounds, and improved content browsing on Server and Online

Say hello to heatmaps, richer formatting options, and more in the newest version of Tableau 2018.3. Explore all the new features here.

The newest version of Tableau (2018.3) is now in beta. You’ve requested specific dashboarding, visual analytics, and content management feature improvements and we’re excited to make these ideas a reality! This version includes:

Here’s a closer look at these exciting features:

Even more powerful visual analytics with heatmaps—a brand-new marktype

Have you ever tried to analyze thousands of marks on a scatter plot or map, but they were all on top of each other? Well, we’ve heard you, and we’re bringing an entirely new mark type to Tableau—heatmaps (coming in the second 2018.3 beta)! With heatmaps you can quickly make sense of your data to understand where there are concentrations of points—whether on a map or scatterplot. Just change your mark type to density to instantaneously turn hundreds of thousands of data points into a meaningful representation in a split second.

Easily explore your projects, workbooks, and data sources with mixed content organization

We’ve simplified our user experience on Tableau Server and Tableau Online, making it easier for you to explore and discover content. Mixed content is a new way to browse that displays all of your content together. Now your team can see their key data sources, workbooks, and views from one project all on the same page.

Seamlessly navigate between dashboards with new dashboard buttons

You can now add navigation actions via dashboard buttons to seamlessly move from your dashboard to a targeted dashboard, sheet, or story. To create a button, simply drag and drop ‘Button’ from the objects pane in Tableau Desktop. Then select a button image and determine where it should navigate—and you can even resize the button or add a tooltip to describe what the button will do.

More formatting options for dashboards with transparent worksheet backgrounds

We’re making it easier to have that perfect, company-branded dashboard with the ability to give worksheets completely transparent backgrounds. Unleash your creativity to build dashboards that are visually stunning and effectively highlight your analysis. For a consistent look across your entire dashboard, use with transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters that arrived in Tableau 2018.2.

Preview and easy rendering of mobile layouts

You can now see a preview of how your mobile dashboards will appear on a variety of devices directly in the browser. Web preview for mobile devices is available for both Tableau Server and Tableau Online. Automatic mobile layouts, released in Tableau 2018.2, will create device dashboards on demand, so you no longer have to select the layout through Device Designer for the algorithm to run.

And, there’s more for you try...

Be sure to check out our special pre-release for a native Google Adwords connector. This won’t be shipping as part of Tableau 2018.3, but you can expect to see it in a future release. Sign-up for the pre-release opportunity here.

Be a part of the latest and greatest

We are working hard to get Tableau 2018.3 out the door, but first we need your input! We love to hear early feedback to catch any issues and to ensure the highest quality for these new features. The features included in beta and in the final version of Tableau 2018.3 may change over time as we complete beta testing.

Join the Tableau pre-release community to:

  • Participate in alpha and beta programs for early access to new features, versions, and products.
  • Engage directly with the Tableau development team through user research, product discussions, and feedback activities around topics you care about.

Explore the Ideas forum to see which ones have been incorporated based on your feedback, and continue to add feature requests to inspire our development team! We couldn’t do it without you.

Not all functionality described above is available in the beta program today. Some features will be added in the coming weeks. The beta program is available for existing Tableau customers. Customers with an active maintenance license can upgrade for free when Tableau 2018.1 is released.