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For Data Swamped Apple Users, Tableau Releases Mac Version

Drew Skau

published on June 18, 2014 in Storytelling

If you’re an Apple and Tableau user who’s begrudgingly running a pesky virtual machine, bogging down your sleek Apple hardware with an unwelcome guest operating system or rebooting to Windows every time you need to visualize some numbers, today is the day you’ve been waiting for: Tableau 8.2 is now available on OS X.


To celebrate the new version, Tableau is hosting a launch party in San Francisco, and a Twitter chat using #DatatotheMac.

In addition to working on a new platform, Tableau 8.2 has some great new features:

Story Points

In the interest of better data presentation, Story Points lets users build their own stories to take their audience through a visual narrative. This example by Ellie Fields based on work by Christian McDonald does a great job of showing it off.


Visual Data Window

The update also includes a revised “Connect to Data” interface called “Visual Data Window“. This greatly improves the interface for joining other datasets so you can work with them seamlessly in one workbook.


Open Source Maps Data from Stamen

Mapping has also been given some attention with brand new map tiles using OSM data and designed by Stamen. The tiles are optimized for visibility and should greatly improve the experience. In addition, the distribution infrastructure for the mapping tiles has been completely rebuilt to reduce load times and latency no matter where in the world you are located.

You can learn more about Tableau 8.2 and get it here.

Drew Skau is Visualization Architect at Visually and a PhD Computer Science Visualization student at UNCC with an undergraduate degree in Architecture. You can follow him on Twitter @SeeingStructure