Introducing 2019.2: vector maps, parameter actions and more

Posted by Scott Tealon May 21, 2019

Tableau 2019.2 offers new features that help bring your data stories to life. With vector maps, your mapping experience will feel smoother and look sharper as you pan and zoom to explore your geospatial data. Parameter actions unlock your analytical creativity, by allowing viewers of your vizzes to change parameter values through mouse selection. Show or hide containers to maximise dashboard real estate. All of these features available for free with Tableau Desktop Public Edition 2019.2!

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Your spatial data has never looked so good

Thanks to the implementation of vector maps, the pan and zoom experience is smoother than ever before. Maps will scale seamlessly when zooming in and out. In the example below using New York CitiBike data, zooming in to a specific area shows more detail such as street names and points of interest.

2019.2 also comes with additional default map styles and layers. In addition to Light, Dark and Normal styles, we’ve added Satellite, Outdoors and Streets. To customise a map from any of the default styles, you can toggle specific map layers. We’ve added points of interest, neighbourhoods, subway and train stations, and more. In the example below, the map uses the new default ‘Streets’ style, including the new data layer that shows points of interest near more popular CitiBike stations.

Instructions on how to customise maps in Tableau can be found here.



Bring interactivity to your data stories like never before

You can now visually change a parameter’s value. It’s a simple but powerful tool. By interacting with marks on a viz, you can drive reference lines, calculations and filters. Zen Master Joshua Milligan walks through an example of how to use parameter actions to highlight multiple points on a line chart in this blog post. (Spoiler alert: he even makes interactive Minesweeper in Tableau!)




Making your dashboard authoring experience easier

With Tableau 2019.2, we’ve added a number of highly requested authoring features. You can now toggle between “visible” or “hidden” for any floating container on your dashboard. In this blog post, Marc Reid shows how this feature can be used to create a help screen toggle for your dashboard.
You can now customise reference line tooltips text or choose to disable the tooltip altogether.
Go ahead, give it a try! We’ll be curating a gallery of vizzes created by Tableau Public authors around the world using these new features. Want yours to be included? Follow these steps:

  1. Create a viz using any of the features listed above.
  2. Save it to Tableau Public
  3. Share a link to your viz on Twitter and tag @tableaupublic. If your viz includes a vector map or parameter actions, join the conversation by using these hashtags:

If you don’t have Twitter, you can email a link to us at public@tableau.com.