Finally, let’s talk about design freedom and customizable options. Good design can be foundational to good insight, and new 8.1 features put more design power into your hands. First up are new dashboard transparency options. Legends, text boxes and images can all be transparent when you float them on top of other content.
We’ve also opened the door for more flexibility when designing various objects, such as quick filters. You can format them to make them match the design and style of your dashboards. You can also customize the experience of using multiple-value quick filters with an apply button.
Let’s cap this post off with a feature that helps you show off your work: presentation mode. The 8.1 update now centers your viz and removes almost all of the UI and replaces it with a white background. This puts more of the focus on your content, and less on everything else. It works with sheets, dashboards, and even the very cool Story Points feature that will ship in 8.2.
It’s worth mentioning the source of a lot of these features: you. We pay very close attention to what our customers say about what they’d like to be able to do in Tableau, in particular, the Ideas Forum. In fact, at least 30 of the upcoming features in 8.1 can be traced to customer ideas. So if you have something you’d like to see, head on over there and cast your vote.
There’s still more to come in Tableau 8.1, so stay tuned.
(The original post described an automatic data modeling feature that has been moved to a future version.)