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Tableau 10.5 Webinar Recap

By: Teknion Data Solutions Team

Thank you to everyone that attended the recent webinar showcasing Tableau’s 10.5 release! For those that weren’t able to make it,  we created this blog as a quick read to get the scoop on the latest features with the Tableau 10.5.  And for a more in-depth look, you can view a recording of the webinar or visit the Tableau site.

Linux Compatibility

Yes, you can now run Tableau on your Linux server.  We think this is especially ideal for the people who love the uptime and stability of the Linux operating system.


Viz-in-Tooltips allows Tableau users to get more granular with their data visualization. Many of our webinar participants were excited about this feature and requested additional examples of how to use. The viz tooltips serve as complimentary pieces to the main viz by showing important, relevant data within specific elements. As people hover over certain elements in the main viz, tooltips will appear that are completely customizable. You can use this tool to create legends for the main viz or simply add more context and support to your data visualization dashboards.

To use Viz-in-Tooltips, you just need to create a viz in a separate sheet that you’ll use for your tooltip and will eventually tie to the host sheet. As you’ll see, this tool makes your data visualization project far more interactive than ever before. We hope you’re as pumped about this as we are!

Power Trend Lines

Our pre-webinar poll indicated Power Trend Lines was another intriguing feature they wanted to learn more about.  Using the “Power” tool, you can now find strong relationships between seemingly disparate and unrelated sets of variables. In our example, we looked at the relationship between the rank and the frequency of words in the English language. You can pair any number of variables, and the Power Trend Lines will help you find the correlation. You could potentially spend hours in this tool experimenting to find interesting relationships between variables.


Hyper is Tableau’s the new blazing speed producing data engine. Tableau Desktop and Project Maestro are both adopting the Hyper engine. Extracting data and query times will be much quicker than anything you’ve experienced before on the platform. You will notice the files you extract will be denoted by “.hyper” rather than “.tde.”  You will also notice that extracting large data sets will feel especially fast.

NOTE: If you use a “.hyper” extract file, you will not have access to backwards compatibility options and must use them in 10.5. Also, keep in mind “.hyper” files might be slightly larger than “.tde,” but the difference is not substantial.  

Other Key Highlights:

  • Smoother Tooltips Interface — The Tooltip experience continues to improve with the interface being more precise and reducing feeling of “jumping around”.
  • Subscribe Groups — Not only can you subscribe new groups, but you can customize the subscription message, too.
  • Rename Workbooks — Rename your workbook in just a couple of clicks from the web (no need to tediously re-download).
  • Backwards Compatibility— You can now export your projects as far back as Tableau 10.2.