Our users have spoken and our dev team has delivered! One of the most highly requested features for our (free) Drawing Tool for Tableau has been to implement the ability to drag and drop local image files. We’re happy to announce today that this new feature is available (and it’s still free!)

Before, users were required to use a picture that was posted online, then paste the URL within the Drawing Tool interface. But, what if the photo lives on your computer? Sure, you could upload to Flickr, but that’s more work and maybe you don’t want it to be public. Now, you can drop in images from local files.

Here’s how the new feature works:

  • Open the folder where the file is stored on your computer
  • Drag that onto the main workspace in the Drawing Tool
  • Choose to draw points, lines or polygons on the sidebar
  • When you’re finished, export as a CSV and use it in Tableau

It’s that simple! Try it for yourself and let us know how you like this new feature. If you have more ideas on how to continue to improve our Power Tools for Tableau, we’d love to hear from you.

New User? Start Using the Drawing Tool Now:

The Drawing Tool for Tableau is part of our Power Tools for Tableau: Desktop suite. However, the Drawing Tool and Color Tool can be accessed online for free. Learn more here. While you’re at it, snag a free trial of Power Tools for Tableau: Desktop.