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Good morning and happy Monday - the last of April! Last week, we had our annual company meeting - always a good time - and there was A LOT of talk about how amazing of a community we have. So THANK YOU all for making our community what it is! Here's this week's digest:

 

 

Announcements

You don't want to miss the Announcing:  Developer Office Hours for Web Data Connector this Wednesday at 10:00 PDT. Ask the developers who created the WDC whatever you'd like. Already have a couple questions you'd like to see them answer? Post it to the above thread.

 

Were you able to make it to Think Data Thursday: State of the Unions with Joshua Milligan? If not, the recording is now up - you'll definitely want to check it out!

 

Check out this post by Tableau Ambassador and Zen Master, Jeffrey Shaffer, on 5 Tips on Designing Colorblind-Friendly Visualizations | Tableau Software.

 

 

Recognition

Two people received the "Questions for Breakfast" badge, meaning that 25 or more of their responses have been marked as correct. Both Tharashasank Davuluru  and Andrew Watson have been helping people get their problems solved. Tharashasank joined the community this past December and has been continuously working his way through achieving each "correct" answer badge. Andrew has been a member of the community since 2012 and has been coming in and out of the community since sharing some great nuggets of content. Thank you both for all you do for the Tableau Community!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses in a thread

eliza suzuki had a question about finding the MAX Value across dates. After going back and forth with Joe Oppelt and The specified item was not found. to get to the root of the issue. G Marc Turner explained that her original calculations were table calculations and not LOD expressions which is why she was having some issues. He then, provided two calculations that do use LOD expressions and solved the issue for Eliza in on fell swoop!

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

In 2014, Mary Solbrig posted ESRI Shapefile importer: R. Since then, it has received 87 replies, and Mary is always engaged answering questions people have about it. Definitely, a fantastic post that is worth checking out if you use R or are thinking about how you can use R with Tableau.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Three ideas received 6 up votes this week - having them all tie for 1st place. First, Multi-Values Parameters created by Loic Grange giving it a total of 856 votes. Having a background picture in a dashboard (requires transparent chart areas)  created by Geert Janssen now has 60 votes. And finally, Shawn Wallwork's idea Stop Changing Filters & Colors When Replacing Data Source has 176 votes (I'm really hoping for this one )

 

 

In Other News

 

 

That's a wrap! Hope everyone has a great week - until next time, happy analyzing!

 

As always, feel free to send any comments, suggestions, or submissions my direction at trodgers@tableau.com

Happy Monday and happy Patriot's Day everyone! I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. We've got a busy week at Tableau with our internal Sales Kick-Off happening this week in Seattle. As such, you might see a bit less of the team than you normally would. And now, to commemorate Paul Revere's Ride on this day in 1775, let's ride on into this week's digest (perfect transition).

 

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Announcements

 

We have some great new content for you! Some ultra-brilliant writer by the name Diego medrano wrote a Tableau Online blog explaining the differences between connection types available to Tableau Online users. Tableau Online Tips: Extracts, Live Connections, & Cloud Data | Tableau Software

 

We also have 5 Tableau Shortcuts You Might Have Missed | Tableau Software.

 

Finally, we have a piece of content that has been in the works for quite some time: Tableau Server: Everybody's Install Guide! We'd love to hear your thoughts Re: Tableau Server: Everybody's Install Guide.

 

Don't forget to submit your applications to apply at TC16 - Austin, this year! Here's the application: http://tabsoft.co/1SbNefN Oh, and did I mention, if you're selected you get a free ticket?

 

 

Recognition

 

Congrats to Sharad Adhikari, Corey Turner, Ivan Young, and Venkata Dantuluri for achieving the "Help Desk" badge by having had 5 of their responses marked as correct answers! You're on your way

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

 

Suraj Tripathi created a thread hoping to Create a calculated dimension to see average sales over increments of time. Ashish Chaudhari, Sharad Adhikari and Lénaïc Riédinger stepped in to provide some help! However, with Suraj still using Tableau Desktop 8.3, the solution may not be feasible!

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

 

While a few years old, this thread is still extremely popular due to the amount of people using both Tableau and Powerpoint: Export Dashboards to PowerPoint. In the thread Cathy Bridges needed a solution to get images of dashboards into powerpoint presentations. Ben Neville stepped in with a tabcmd workaround!

 

Top Voted Idea

Ron Eisenstein created the idea for the Ability to set default values for NULLs using data interpreter which was voted up by such illustrious Community members as Joshua Milligan! Personally, I think this is a great idea. If you agree, vote it up!

 

 

That's it for this week! I hope everyone has a great week :-)

 

-Diego

Good morning Tableau Community! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I spent all last week in the Midwest (Detroit and Milwaukee) presenting about Tableau to people who have never used it, and I couldn't help, but talk about the awesome community we have here. With that said, let's see what happened last week!

 

Announcements

Interested in learning more about how to use Tableau with AWS? Check out this webinar Analytics in the Cloud with Tableau on AWS | Tableau Software with Tableau's Ross Perez.

 

Don't forget to submit your applications to apply at TC16 - Austin, this year! Here's the application: http://tabsoft.co/1SbNefN Oh, and did I mention, if you're selected you get a free ticket?

 

Ever run into the need to migrate workbooks and data sources at your organization? Check out this blog post to get some ideas on how to do it - A Tableau Champion's Guide to Migrating Tableau Workbooks and Data Sources | Tableau Software

 

 

Recognition

Last week, Mahfooj Khan received the "I Know Stuff!" badge - meaning that at least ten of his responses have been marked as correct. Mahfooj joined the community less than a month ago, and he's already having an impact! Hopefully, we'll continue seeing you Mahfood Thank you for everything you've done already!

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses in a thread

ChandraSheker A asked Can we Smoothen the Spikes? where he wanted to see his line chart to see less sharp points in the view. This turned into an interesting discussion, as David Milmont, Rody Zakovich, and Shawn Wallwork explained how smoothing the line can be a misrepresentation of the data, however, explained some ways around it. Looks like the solution that solved the issue was using a quick table calculation of a moving average.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

Chris McClellan asked a Q: Vision impaired ? He is working with a client who is concerned about blindness in the general public and is not sure how they would be able to understand what is represented. Zen Master, allan.walker.0, provided several workarounds for dealing with varying degrees of blindness. However, it still looks like it's not quite what Chris' client is looking for. Have any ideas? Let Chris know!

 

 

Top Voted Idea

JOIN Data from Different Sources created by Mark Jackson received 10 votes last week - giving it a total of 615 up votes. This idea becomes particularly useful so that data blending isn't necessary (and you can start aggregating across data sources). This definitely has my vote!

 

 

In Other News

 

 

Have a great rest of your week everyone!

 

As always, feel free to send suggestions, comments, or submissions for this digest my direction at trodgers@tableau.com

 

Until next week, happy analyzing!

Happy April everyone! More importantly, Happy Opening Day (for most teams)! While I'm a Red Sox fan, the Mariners have a special place in my heart, so here's to a season of images like this:

With that, let's look at the Community!

 

Announcements

Tableau 9.3 was released a few weeks ago and you an check out all the new features here: Tableau 9.3: Data, set, flow.

Also, be sure to follow @tableausupport on twitter for all the latest on features, releases, tips and tricks!

 

 

Recognition

First things first, a huge "thank you" and "congratulations!" to Yuriy Fal for achieving the "Answer Wizard" badge by having 100 responses marked as the correct answer. Yuriy is consistently demonstrating his data prowess by answering difficult questions using outside-the-box solutions. His responses are always genuine and kind and he's a huge asset to our Community. Thanks again Yuriy!

 

Also, a shout out to Thomas Exter and Nirupam Haas Tirukkovalluri for achieving the "Help Desk" badge with 5 correctly answered questions! You're on your way! :-)

 

 

Most Talked About Thread

**This is determined by the number of responses in a thread

Yuri Tupizin asked a question about Aggregation over table calculation where they were having trouble getting options to appear when using totals. After some back and forth with Andrew Watson and kumar.c, the venerable Jonathan Drummey stepped in to provide some clarification.

 

 

(One of the) Top Viewed Threads

An oldie but a goodie, Reinhold Merkle's post on plotting Curved Lines on a Map for flight paths continues to gain a lot of views and features contributions from many notable Community members.

 

 

Top Voted Idea

Another contribution for an important resource in our Community: kettan, his idea to have a modifiable reference line tooltip gained 10 more up-votes this week. Check it out!

 

 

Thanks for reading this and for staying informed on all our Community happenings. I hope everyone has a lovely start to April!

 

-Diego