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Hi John, nope. It's one of the few advantages of using Reader for distribution. It won't run "automatically" but it will animate (and loop) once you've clicked the play button once. I think the issue is that Server doesn't refresh fast enough to make animation look like animation.
Depending on your data volumes that might not work as well as the pages shelf (could) because Tableau has to go back and re-query the database when you change filters whereas the pages shelf is stepping through slices of a pre-computed result set.
** There's an outside chance that you can use the Pages shelf from the API - the documentation is slightly patchy. I've found a couple of things in examples which don't get a mention in the documentation - but that would be quite a big omission.
Had a bit of a play with this.
You need to set the refresh rate sensibly for the complexity of the workbook. My workbook is very light weight, but I found I needed at least a 2 second delay to avoid it getting tangled. You certainly can't do the speed of animation you can have on desktop.
Just save the attached HTML file to disk and open it with a browser - then hit the play button. You get a very slow motion version of the "wave pendulum" emulation I referred to above on Alex Kerin's blog.
Edit: The forums seem to have got carried away and added a ".html" after the ".htm" before zipping it. Doesn't matter, just looks strange.
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That's really cool, and would probably suffice for a number of applications - a user may have to design a data source/view for simplicity, pre-aggregating and so on.
Nice idea. If you want n frames per second and the response time is r seconds then you only need n x r copies of the viz. Plus a few for buffering out variations in performance. Of course you will need to buy a bigger Tableau server. Or Tableau will need to beef up their public servers... ;-)
so you mean that if I use a packaged version of the workbook the pages shelf motion will actually play in the Tableau Reader environment? I'm worried about the workbook being to heavy, but that's something I can try figuring out if the answer to my question is "yes".
Thanks in advance