Tableau's new Vizable app puts analytics at your fingertips

The free iPad app lets you explore data by pinching, swiping and dragging

The rise of big data has put considerable wind into the sails of visualization tools like Tableau, but it's also put a new premium on simplicity and accessibility. With such goals in mind, Tableau on Tuesday debuted Vizable, a free new iPad app that puts sophisticated analytics capabilities at users' fingertips.

"We realized that if we were going to start Tableau over again today, for the mobile generation, we'd build it for touch and on a mobile device," said Dave Story, the company's vice president for mobile and strategic growth.

That, essentially, is just what Story's team has been working on for the past two years through what's been known as Project Elastic.

"Our design mantra was that it has to be as simple as using a pencil," Story said.

Whereas data-visualization products for the desktop typically present users with a complicated canvas indicating all their options, Vizable's interface is simple by design.

The app automatically reads the user's spreadsheet or .csv file and figures out what the key categories are. Next, it presents the user with an initial graphical view of the data.

"Vizable is always answering a question, whether you've asked one yet or not," Story said. "There's never a blank canvas -- you start with an answer, and that makes it more approachable for people."

Users can explore their data using gestures such as pinching, swiping and dragging. A built-in animation engine can show them how each manipulation causes the next result -- but only if they want it to. New graphs or charts can also be displayed immediately, without that view of what led to the result.

"The speed of animation depends on how fast you move your finger," Story explained. "If you're a power user, you can tap or flick and jump right there. If you're tentative, you can do it slowly and see the animation."

Finally, visualizations can be immediately emailed or shared via text message and social media directly from within the app.

Vizable is now available in the Apple iTunes store in English. It supports data in many international formats and will be translated into other languages in the future, Tableau said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Katherine Noyes

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?