WH2.jpegBy Robert Rouse, Tableau Zen Master


Like any new toy, I had to open Vizable right away. I showed it to my mother-in-law and she said, “Everyone will want this!” I realized then that Vizable is a different kind of visualization tool. It's accessible to those who may never fire up a powerful data-analysis tool on their computers.


I started with familiar data sources, then sought out new ones, asking: “What would this one look like in Vizable?” With my interest in the presidential “horse race,” I turned to HuffPost Pollster, which allows users to download the CSV files behind the charts.


In just minutes, I had the polls summarized by month and by week. I learned which candidates had gained potential votes and which had lost them. I could even compare distributions among respondent types.


I saw Hillary Clinton rebounding while Bernie Sanders leveled off.






I learned Donald Trump has higher support among all adults (vs. likely voters) while the opposite was true for Ben Carson.




I discovered all of this while sitting in my recliner, watching the debates and the news coverage.


My First Impressions of Vizable


I loaded the data into Vizable right from the browser’s “Open In” menu, and I was off and running. With a swipe here, a pinch there, and tap-tap-taps everywhere, it felt like I was touching the data itself. Vizable’s user interface is uncluttered but capable enough to quickly manipulate time ranges, show changes, and visualize distributions. The distinct color for each measure on the line chart was an unexpected feature that shows the developers' attention to detail.


Contrast the screenshots above with the ready-made charts at the online source:




Developing deep interactions without this array of checkboxes and drop-downs is no easy task. But Vizable manages to do just that through meaningful, animated transitions and great performance, even on my older iPad 2. The payoff is a user experience that leaves me wishing I could do all my analysis this way.


Then there are the people. Something I have always appreciated about the Tableau community is the vibrant exchange of ideas. The Vizable community is shaping up to be no different. Developers are listening to suggestions, as you can see in several online conversations. Community input directly influences future releases, so be sure to take part in the discussion. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next!


Photo credit: "White House lawn" by I, Daniel Schwen. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.