Tableau 2018.2 Features

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Nested sorting

A more intuitive sorting experience.

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Nested sorting

Enjoy a more intuitive sorting experience. Sort dimension values within the context of each pane for better top- or bottom-n analysis of your data.

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In beta

Dashboard grids

More precision and control in dashboard formatting.

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Dashboard grids

We know the details matter. Gridlines now appear as an overlay above dashboards to help with better visual alignment of dashboard elements. Toggle on or off as desired. See a preview of dashboard zones when moving their position for better layout alignment and design, and use keyboard arrows to nudge or resize.

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Geocoding update

New Japanese data and 2018 Pennsylvania Congressional Districts.

Updated Japanese data and 2018 PA Congressional Districts

Updates and additions to Japanese geocoding data will allow you to geocode Japanese municipalities, wards, and 7-digit postal codes. We have also updated Pennsylvania Congressional Districts to 2018, allowing for up-to-date state and national maps of the upcoming US election cycle.

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Data performance improvements

Cross-database joins.

Cross-database join performance improvement

Enjoy faster performance on cross-database joins when combining a small file-based table with a larger database table.

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In beta

Downgrade workbook improvements

Understand impacts before you downgrade.

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Downgrade workbook improvements

Understand the impact of downgrading a workbook before you do it. When you choose to downgrade a workbook you will now see a prompt letting you know whether that workbook is fully compatible, if there are features that may be lost, or if that workbook won't work.

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ISO-8601 standard weeks

Tableau ISO standard calendar support.

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ISO-8601 standard weeks

We've brought ISO standard calendar support to Tableau. You can now use ISO-8601 defined weeks in calculations and visualizations for better calendar-based analysis.

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Transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters

Enable fully transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters.

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Transparent filters, highlighters, and parameters

You can now make filters, highlighters, and parameters transparent, making it easy to have a consistent look across your entire dashboard.

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In beta

Spatial join

Join your spatial data for analysis.

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Spatial join

You can now join datasets where the only common element between the two is location. Easily analyze points within a geographic area for deeper understanding of your spatial data.

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Negative values on log axis

Show negative values on log axis.

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Negative values on log axis

Easily view skewed distributions with the option to show negative values on a log scaled axis.

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In beta

Automatic mobile layouts

Automatic phone and tablet dashboard layouts

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Automatic mobile layouts

Build mobile-friendly dashboards in seconds with automatic phone and tablet layouts. Use the layouts as they come, or customize further to create the best mobile experience for your dashboard.

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In beta

Tableau Services Manager

Administer Tableau Server for Windows and Linux from the browser.

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Tableau Services Manager

Tableau Services Manager (TSM) brings you a brand new and complete Tableau Server admin experience for Windows and Linux in the browser. A streamlined user experience turns many admin tasks, including hot topology changes for backgrounder and VizQl Server processes into one-click updates. With TSM, enjoy greater admin flexibility with less downtime.

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Commenting improvements

Tag people in comments.

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Commenting improvements

Use @mention to direct your comment or question to a specific user. Your colleague will be notified via email so they can keep up with the discussion.

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Mobile updates

More management options for Tableau Mobile.

Tableau Mobile for Citrix XenMobile and Microsoft Intune

You can now add MDM solutions Citrix XenMobile and Microsoft Intune via AppConfig for Tableau Mobile.

Tableau Mobile for Blackberry

Blackberry customers are now able to deploy a special version of Tableau Mobile that is compatible with the Blackberry Dynamics MDM platform.

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In beta

Dashboard Extensions

Interact with data from other applications directly in Tableau.

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Dashboard Extensions

Dashboard extensions give you the ability to interact with data from third-party applications directly in Tableau. Capabilities like write-back to a database, custom actions, and deep integration with other apps are all at your fingertips. As dashboard extensions are published to Tableau Server or Tableau Online, site admins can manage which extensions are allowed to run. Find a growing selection of extensions that have been built by Tableau and partners in our Extension Gallery.

Backgrounder job admin tools

Improved admin manageability.

GetJobList API

GetJobList API provides a programmatic way to pull a list of completed, running, and pending jobs.

CancelJobAPI

The CancelJob API gives you the ability to reclaim resources from running and pending jobs.

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Tableau Extension Gallery

Discover and download new dashboard extensions.

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Tableau Extension Gallery

Find dashboard extensions built by one of our partners in Tableau's new Extension Gallery, now in beta. There's many extensions to choose from - including natural language capabilities and the ability to see metadata for each field used in a viz. Start exploring here.