Tableau Desktop 10.5 Update is here at last! One major note we notice is that 10.5 and above will require 64bit operating systems.
Guess what?! Tableau Desktop 10.5 Update is packed with a bunch of cool new connectors, an improved data engine, updated extract API to support the new extract format, visualizations in tooltips, and much more.
Here are a few notes from Tableau’s site here. Be sure to upgrade and download the latest Tableau Desktop 10.5 update!
Extracts use the new .hyper format
Beginning with version 10.5, when you create an extract, it uses the new .hyper format. Extracts in this new format take advantage of the improved data engine, which supports the same analytical and query performance as the data engine before it, but for even larger extracts. Similarly, when you perform an extract task on a .tde extract using version 10.5, the extract is upgraded to a .hyper extract. For more information, see Extract Upgrade to .hyper Format.
Google authentication method update
Starting in October 2017, Google’s updated security requirements changed the connection workflow for some Tableau connectors. Now Tableau opens at tab in your external default browser when connecting to data that uses OAuth authentication. The connectors affected are Google Sheets, Google BigQuery, Google Analytics, Dropbox, OneDrive, and Box.
New Box connector
Use the Box connector to connect to Box data. For more information, see Box.
Support for SSL authentication to IBM DB2 and BigInsights databases
Use the Extract API
You can use the Extract API 2.0 to create .hyper extracts. For tasks that you previously performed using the Tableau SDK, such as publishing extracts, you can use the Tableau Server REST API or the Tableau Server Client (Python) library. For refresh tasks, you can also use the Tableau Server REST API. For more information, see Tableau Extract API.
SAP HANA support for failover
Tableau supports connecting to a server that’s configured for failover. For more information, see SAP HANA.
SAP Sybase ASE support for SSO
You can now connect to SAP Sybase ASE data using single sign-on (SSO). For more information, see SAP Sybase ASE.
Support for OData V4
You can now connect to OData V4 data connections. For more information, see OData.
Show visualizations in tooltips
As you craft views and look for ways to reveal more details about data to your audience, you can embed visualizations within tooltips—aka “Viz in Tooltip.” As users hover over a mark, the tooltip displays relevant data and details from another visualization filtered to that mark. When you show related views in tooltips, you can help your audience engage with the data at a deeper level, while keeping them in the current context and maximizing the space available for the current view. For details, see Create Views in Tooltips (Viz in Tooltip).
Power trend lines
Map data updates and additions
In Tableau 10.5, additional cities are available for South East Asia, Central America, and South America.
Demographic data updates including 2018 to 2023 statistical projections are now available.
U.S. Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) and Metropolitan Statistical Areas
(MSA) are up to date with 2015 definitions.
Updates are now available for U.S. postcodes.
Additionally, the following updates are now available for China:
- The areas of Beijing, Chongqing, Shanghai and Tianjin no longer contain city-level districts in the Administrative level 2/County geographic role.
- Administrative level 2 features in China (prefecture-level cities, prefectures, leagues, autonomous prefectures) are considered cities in Tableau. The center points of these areas are included in the City geographic role as well.
- Additional cities such as Tiemenguan are now included in the City geographic role.
- Names for Administrative level 1 & 2 features are now consistent with names published by the People’s Republic of China’s National Bureau of Statistics.
Extend dashboard dimensions to 10,000 pixels
To optimize designs for very large screens or vertical mobile layouts, you can now extend dashboard width and height to 10,000 pixels.
The next section is about: Publishing Data Sources and Workbooks.
Downgrade workbooks in Tableau Desktop
If you upgrade a workbook in Tableau Desktop to a newer version, you can now downgrade it to a previous version so that users who are using Tableau Desktop 10.2 and later can still open the workbook. To downgrade the workbook, in Tableau Desktop select File > Export As and select the version that you want to downgrade to. Then save it to your My Tableau Repository or a selected location. The downgraded workbook can be opened in the version selected and later. Any features not available in that previous version will be removed when the workbook is downgraded. For more information about version compatibility, see Make Workbooks Compatible Between Versions.
Note: This feature is not available for workbooks that include a Tableau Data Extract that has been refreshed in 10.5. The extract will have been converted to use the new .hyper format and this format can’t be downgraded back to a .tde format.
New in Web Authoring
- Edit axes on the web. To open the Edit Axis dialog box on the web, double-click an axis in the view. Options available from the Edit Axis dialog box include Synchronize dual axes, clearing the axis range (Reset), and editing tick marks. You can also enable or disable Dual axis in a field context menu (right-click a measure field on Rows or Columns shelf).
- Add text objects to dashboards and edit them.
- Edit worksheet and dashboard titles. Double-click the title to open the Edit Title dialog box.
- Edit trend lines and view a description of the trend model. To view the trend model, hover over any part of the trend line. To edit a trend line on the web, click a trend line and hold the cursor in place, and then click the Edit menu.
- Trend lines now include a Power option.
- Create hierarchies by dragging one dimension onto another in the Data pane.
- Set the default color property for a field.
- For quantitative color legends, advanced settings are available (dates not included).
The next section is about: Collaborate with Tableau Online and Tableau Server.
Upload custom images for user profiles
By default, users and groups now have profile images that reflect their first two initials. To help you visually distinguish between profile types, user images are circular, while group images are square. User profiles support custom images. To upload one, go to your account settings page, and click the current image or initials next to your name. If your organization uses Active Directory, default profile images come from that system. But two-letter images may briefly appear until Active Directory next synchronizes with your Tableau server.
Subscribe users in groups, and add custom messages
To quickly subscribe several users, you can select entire groups created by your Tableau administrator. Each user in a group is subscribed independently, so the list of recipients remains fully customizable. You can also add custom messages to subscription emails, clarifying their contents. For more information, see Subscribe to Views.
Rename workbooks on Tableau Online or Tableau Server
There’s no need to republish workbooks just to rename them. Now you can rename workbooks directly on Tableau Online or Tableau Server. When you do, workbook URLs remain the same, so any links you’ve shared keep working. Navigate to the main Workbooks area, click the pop-up menu in the upper-right corner of a workbook, and select Rename. To rename a workbook, users need the Save permission. You’ll have that by default for workbooks you own, but you might need to add it for other users. For details, see View or Edit Permission Rules in Help for Tableau site administrators.