Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Build Online Visualization for Free with Tableau Public | FlowingData

Tableau Software, popular for making data more accessible, mainly in the business sector, just opened up with Tableau Public. The application is similar in spirit to other online data applications like Many Eyes and Swivel. It lets you share data and visualizations online. However, Tableau Public doesn't have a central portal or a place to browse data. Rather it's focused on letting you explore data and stitch modules together on your desktop and then embed your findings on a website or blog.

For example, below is an interactive hosted on Tableau Public and made available online. Those who use Tableau Desktop should be familiar with the layout. You've got a map up top linked to the the time series on the bottom. Filters on the right let you focus on specific parts of the data.

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Hot it Works

Like I said, Tableau Public works a little differently than you're used to. You do everything on your own computer first and when you're ready to share, the data and visualization is hosted on Tableau's servers. Copy and paste some javascript to your site and there you go. Easy stuff.


The main trouble with this, and you might have noticed this already, is that the interaction is kind of slow, because everything renders on the server and then is sent back to your browser. So it takes a second or two for every click to process (for me, at least).

For comparison, if we embedded something from Many Eyes, the applet and data are loaded locally, so the visualization interaction is much faster.

Speed can be fixed though. Loading times aside, this is a big shift for Tableau, and it'll be fun to see where it goes from here. It's especially good news for the non-programmer crowd that's interested in data. With the price tag of free, there's nothing to lose and a lot to play with.

Your Thoughts

What do you think? Try for yourself and post your thoughts in the comments below. I'd be especially interested in hearing what regular Tableau users think about the product. How does it compare?

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I love infographics. Gets my geekery all excited. Can' wait to play wit this tool from Tableau Public.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Dave Grohl SNL Sketch 2/6 (

When punks grow up and have kids and those kids get married.

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Monday, February 8, 2010

360 degree video of Haiti locations. Amazing story telling device.

Wow. 360 degree views of locations in Haiti. These views happen as a vehicle drives, so not you normal panoramic media. Pretty powerful story telling device.

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Sketchpad - Online Paint/Drawing application - All HTML 5 - No flash - Awesome

Check out this website I found at

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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Awesome Day of Riding Quads in the Snow

Thanks to Dusty of a great day of riding quads in the snow. Lots of fun hill climbs, bumps, trails and snow. A much needed break from the last few weeks.

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Dynamic Dummy Image Generator

Check out this website I found at

A cool way to make dummy images for HTML mockups.

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I have a new hero. Albert Exergian

My heart jumped out of my chest this morning when I looked at this work. This is some of the most beautiful stuff I have ever seen. I want to start all over.

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