For additional information and help on the features listed below, see What's New in Tableau.
Install and Deploy Tableau
When you install the latest version of Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader from the command line you can now automatically remove previous installed versions of those applications from the machine. Starting with version 10.4, you can set the
REMOVEINSTALLEDAPP installer property setting to "1" and during install, the installer will detect and remove any previously installed versions back to version 9.3. If the machine has Tableau Desktop or Tableau Reader version 9.2 or prior installed, those versions won't be automatically uninstalled. Instead you must manually uninstall them. Tableau Public doesn't use this installer property as it always removes the previous version when you install a new version. For more information about how to set the installer properties from the command line, see Deploy Tableau Desktop in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.
Downgrade and publish workbooks to an older version of Tableau Server
in Tableau Desktop 10.4 (Windows and Mac) when you publish a workbook to an older version of Tableau Server (10.2 and later), you receive a warning message instead that tells you that the workbook will be downgraded to the version that you are publishing to. Any features or functionality included in the workbook that aren't available in the older version is removed for compatibility. The new downgrade option is not available when publishing workbooks to Tableau Server 10.1 and earlier. You can still open the downgraded workbook in the current version of Tableau Desktop, but you may need to add back the features that were removed when the workbook was downgraded. For more information about compatibility, see Version Compatibility Between Tableau Desktop and Tableau Server in the Tableau Desktop Deployment guide.
Connect to and Prepare Data
Certified and recommended data sources
Certified data sources are supported by both Tableau Online and Tableau Server. These data sources are carefully chosen by site administrators and project leaders and appear with a unique certification badge. Hover over the badge to learn who certified the data source, read any descriptive notes they've provided, and confirm the connection type.
Recommended data sources are supported by Tableau Server. These data sources include personally certified ones and others automatically picked for you based on usage patterns at your organization. You can access recommended data sources on the right side of the data source setup page in Tableau Desktop, while you're signed in to Tableau Server. Recommended data sources are supported for a subset of connectors. For more information, see Recommended Data Sources and Tables.
New Denodo connector
Use the Denodo connector to connect to Denodo data. For more information, see Denodo.
Other Databases (ODBC) connector on the Mac
You can now use the Other Databases (ODBC) connector on the Mac to connect to a database when the database driver you want to connect with implements the ODBC standard. For more information, see Other Databases (ODBC).
Oracle connector supports SSL
You can now connect to Oracle using SSL on premises, after you configure the Oracle client. For more information see Oracle.
SAP GUI 7.4 support
Tableau supports the new SAP UI Landscape XML format. For more information, see Limitations for SAPUILandscape.xml support.
Create an SAP BW extract without a special license
Starting in 10.4, you can create an SAP BW extract without the need for a special license key. Prior to 10.4, SAP BW extracts were an unsupported beta feature. For more information, see Support for SAP BW extracts.
Design Views and Analyze Data
Precise dashboard spacing, with border and background color controls
If you previously used blank objects to refine dashboard layouts, you'll really appreciate the new spacing controls. Padding lets you precisely position items on dashboard, while borders and background colors let you visually highlight them.
Dashboard spacing is available in both Tableau Desktop and the web authoring workspace of Tableau Server and Tableau Online. For more details, see Add padding, borders, and background colors around items.
High DPI support for Windows
If DPI scaling is enabled on your Windows machines, you can now author your views with confidence, knowing that that they will look as beautiful at 100% scaling as they do at 200% scaling.
Support for linear geometries
Starting with Tableau 10.4, you can connect to spatial files that contain linear geometries. For more information, see Create Tableau Maps from Spatial Files.
Map data updates and additions
In Tableau 10.4, over 32,000 new U.S. cities are available. Additionally, the following NUTS codes are now supported:
You can access MATLAB models (deployed on MATLAB production servers) in Tableau using SCRIPT_ functions, or pre-process your data using MATLAB and persist that data into a Tableau data extract for further analysis. For more information, see Put your MATLAB models and algorithms to work in Tableau and Pass Expressions to External Services.
WCAG-conformant drop-down filters in embedded views
Single Value (drop-down) and Multiple Values (drop-down) filters are now WCAG-conformant when accessed in embedded views. For more information, see Build Data Views for Accessibility and Author Views for Accessibility.
New in Web Authoring
Turn on the View Toolbar on the web
In prior releases, when authoring on the web, you could only see and use the View Toolbar when working with map views. Now you can turn on the View Toolbar for any view or dashboard in your workbook in web authoring. From the top menu, select Worksheet > Show View Toolbar and select an option.
Edit groups on the web
Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can edit groups. To edit a group, in the Data pane, right-click a group field and select Edit Group. For more information, see Group Your Data.
Create aliases on the web
Starting with Tableau version 10.4, you can create aliases for members in a dimension so that their labels appear differently in the view. For more information, see Create Aliases to Rename Members in the View.
When you are authoring on the web, you can quickly change all the lines in your workbook. Select Format > Workbook, then expand the Lines section on the Format Workbook and make your selections. For more information, see Format at the Workbook Level.
Share and Collaborate
Enhanced commenting on Tableau Server and Tableau Online
Commenting has been completely redesigned to inspire conversations about data discoveries. The new Comments pane appears to the right of views, rather than at the bottom, so you can see the discussion and the data at the same time. Profile images automatically appear too, helping you quickly identify other users. To share filtered views with them, add interactive snapshots along with your comments to highlight the data you're describing. Comments you add in a desktop browser also appear in Tableau Mobile, and vice versa, so you can easily communicate with colleagues on the go. Comments remain with a view even if you revise the containing workbook (as long as the view name remains the same). For more information, see Comment on Views.
Learn who has seen a view on Tableau Server and Tableau Online
If you own a view, you can quickly find out who at your organization has seen it. At the top of a main site page, click Views, and then hover over the specific view you're interested in, and select Who Has Seen This View? from the menu at upper-right.