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Good day Brad.
Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it's something like this:
These Roles Can Access via Tableau Creator/Publisher Tableau Explorer/Interactor Dashboard + Data Dashboard + No Data Tableau Reader ■ ■ ■ Tableau Public ■ ■ ■ ■ Tableau Server (direct, embed) ■ ■ ■ ■ Tableau Subscribe (email) ■ ■ ■ ■ Tableau Online ■ ■ ■ ■ Tableau (Distribute PDF) ■
Having a workbook published on a Tableau server, or Online gives you a great deal of control over how users can interact with it. Plus, it gives you the ability to refresh the data. Public gives you the ability to share and limit access, but no automated way of refreshing. Reader gives all data associated with workbook, and you would need to distribute the packaged workbook. You wouldn't have control of how it could possibly be distributed, and refreshing data means redistributing the workbook. I included distributing PDFs as it's possible though really not my favorite. One can script using tabcmd to generate and email PDFs. However, you lose all interactiveness which people really like.
Hope this helps!
Daniel, thank you SO much! Your reply appears to be exactly what I need. The table is clear and thank you for the comments below it. We will need to secure data for some aspects of our project but also want other data made available. We will likely end up using some combination of Tableau Server and Reader to share data. It is possible that we will use Server to publish some dashboards to a password protected website.
Thank you again!