In 2018 Tableau officially moved to a quarterly released cadence, and as a result, we have seen tons of new features. Below is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are some of our favorites.
1 | Hyper (10.5)
Taking you all back to the start of 2018 and the release of 10.5, Tableau unveiled a massive new feature that changed those data files from .tde to .hyper -- the Hyper data engine. Hyper was acquired by Tableau and is its newest in-memory data engine. Hyper has improved extract performance as well as made other front-end features possibles, such as this next new feature...
2 | Viz-in-Tooltips (10.5)
Viz in Tooltip was part of an early release in 2018, but still a very essential part of the new features of the year! This allows you to dig even further into your data just by hovering over some marks already in your dashboard and seeing an additional sheet that matches the filters on the mark!
3 | Set Actions (2018.3)
A massive new feature for Tableau in the space of design and user experience, Tableau launched set actions in 2018.3. Set actions is a new action type that allows your to control which values are in and out of a set. Set actions can be used to dynamic change a baseline for comparison, drill into details of a hierarchy, and much more. We can't wait to see what you come up with using this feature.
4 | Nested Sorting (2018.2)
Let's use Superstore data as an example: have you ever wanted to sort first by Segment and then WITHIN the Segment by Category? Before nested sorted this required several calculations to achieve the correct sorting. Now, Tableau does it automatically! To use this feature, all you need to do is hover over your axis and click the small sort icon once it appears. Simple!
5 | Dashboard Navigation (2018.3)
Have you used dashboard actions to navigate from one dashboard to another within a workbook? The dashboard that was at the beginning of Lorna and my friendship was her Friends Iron Viz feeder dashboard which uses this concept to "flip pages." Well, no longer do you need to step up complex actions to move pages and worry about having users clear the selection to use the button a second time; now, Tableau has a new dashboard object called Button which allows your to set up the navigation and it just works! I've personally noticed a slight performance increase as well because I was able to reduce the number of sheets on my dashboard replacing them with objects and reducing the time it takes to render the dashboard.
6 | Transparency: Worksheets (2018.3), Filters & Parameters (2018.2)
Transparent parameters and filters were available in 2018.2, meaning you could overlay those clickable options within your visualisation, but NOW, in 2018.3 you can overlay EVERYTHING, with transparent sheets!
Have you ever had a scenario where you had filters in a header (which was one color) and more filters in the body of your dashboard (another color)? Before you could only match the dashboard background or the header background -- but now, with transparent filters and parameters they all match seamlessly. So powerful!
7 | Density Marks (2018.3)
Look for hotspots in your spatial or scatter plots! A brand new mark type that allows your to visualize data that has many overlapping points easily. Quickly spot the areas with the most data points and the areas with the least.