I may not quite understand your goal, but is sounds like you aren't viewing the result of your effort in Tableau Desktop? Are you using Tableau Reader instead?
Hi Russell, thank you for your reply. I am using the Tableau Desktop. I am aware of the fact that we can use refresh extract to update the data extract. However, I was wondering whether the same process could be accomplished automatically.
I am thinking that I could publish the workbook on a server and schedule it to refresh every week/month, etc. I did find on the online help website about some command (tabcmd get) that I could use to import the workbooks from the server URL:
So the idea here would be to set up some scheduled task where the workbook that has been updated in the server would be downloaded into local directory.
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The extract can be refreshed via a scheduled tabcmd script or the schedules included in Tableau Server.
As you've noted, tabcmd also has commands for getting workbooks. If your tabcmd script initiates a refresh of the extract and then downloads the workbook, that sounds like what you're looking for.
If you're preferring to share workbooks due to the costs of on-premise tableau server, have a look at Tableau Online which just launched. You can automatically refresh extracts and it's mush easier to implement than on-premise since it's a SaaS offering.