I've just returned from my very first Tableau Conference hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was high-energy, inspiring, fun, and above all, safe. I'd like to share some of my favorite enhancements in Tableau 10.5, demoed by the endearing and sharp Devs on Stage.

  1. The Grid. It's a ruler and it's GRID-iculous! Currently, aligning floating objects can be an exercise of 'squinching' and 'skooching' visuals. Or a mathematical equation to get multiple visuals to position correctly. If you are using floating containers or objects, you now have a simple way to ensure your alignment is perfect.

    Before: After:
  2. In addition to the grid, Tableau added Keyboard Nudging. Click on text. Shift + arrow to nudge the dashboard object in any direction, instead of fumbling with your mouse or trackpad to drag the object precisely where it should be.
  3. Viz in tooltip is another fabulous feature. Developers will have the ability to display a visual within a tooltip! Keeps your analysis in context.

    In this example by Shahaf, (our favorite seagull @msshahaf), she displays Games by Revenue in the primary visual, and corresponding Game Revenue Over Time visual within in the tooltip.

  4. Nested Sorting - sort within sort. Since we or our clients seem to be so Excel focused, sort within sort is an intuitive value-add. Keep your global sort default but add another level of sorting. #data17, how many sort levels can be applied?
  5. Have you ever tried to share or open Tableau workbooks created in different versions? 10.5 introduces Export as Version encouraging collaboration across versions. This functionality is also available in Tableau Server.
    Presented by Marcelo Guerra Hahn

I'm excited about my favorite new features in Tableau 10.5. What will yours be?

Wendy Greene lives in Richmond Virginia and is a Manager and is a leader in the visualization sub service offering at CapTech Consulting. For TC17 photos, find @nerdboutique