Released June 2014

Telling the Story in your Data

Tableau 8.2 introduces many new capabilities that expand your ability to access and analyze data. The release includes the first-ever Mac OS version of Tableau Desktop, Story Points for interactive, data-driven storytelling, a more visual connection experience with data previews and improved experience in defining data table joins, and updated maps, in addition to enhancements to simplify administration and support of Tableau Server.

Mac

The revolutionary technology of Tableau Desktop now runs natively on the Mac. It’s the full analytics package, built to support high-resolution Retina displays, Mac-specific controls, and also all of your existing Tableau workbooks. Business analytics—for anyone.

With the Mac version comes the ability to connect to some of Tableau's more popular data sources. Tableau will be able to connect to Microsoft Excel and text file data sources that are more than 255 columns. The new connectors automatically and more accurately detect data types and support functions, including Count Distinct and Median.

Story Points

Create compelling, interactive, data-driven stories. Assemble sheets and dashboards into a narrative arc that tells the story in your data. Capture key insights with annotations, highlights and filters. Add descriptions to emphasize findings. Make your story interactive to encourage further exploration.

Story Points allows you to present and communicate insight you want to share while still being able to interact with our dashboards.

New Map Designs & Visual Data Window

Maps are critical to geographic analysis and have received a major overhaul in Tableau 8.2. This includes new map designs produced in collaboration with Stamen, worldwide detailed levels of zoom, an improved mapping server and support for high DPI displays.

We’ve redesigned the data connection experience from the ground up. Connect to multiple tables, add joins with one click, and preview your data to make sure you've got what you need. You can also modify field properties, add data source filters, and extract your data.

Tableau Server & Desktop

Tableau Desktop has a New Excel & Text File Connector. Easily connect to Microsoft Excel and text file data sources that are more than 255 columns. The new connectors automatically and more accurately detect data types and support functions, including Count Distinct and Median.

Desktop now has native support for Google Bigquery API, an improved SAP HANA Connector and a native Splunk connector.

Tableau Server now comes with a REST API so you can easily manage and change your server resources programmatically, via HTTP. Use the API to create new sites, add or delete users from sites, and much more. You can now use the Web Authoring tool on Tableau Server which allows you to disable all web authoring capabilities on a per-site basis, providing more administrative flexibility and control.

Now you can download Tableau Server log files directly from the Admin page in your web browser. Key log files are now generated as JSON to be machine-readable. You can change content ownership of any published content to another user and all content can be exported and imported on a per-site basis.

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