Our development team has been steadily building in compatibility adjustments for the upcoming release of Tableau v10.5. Since we know that Power Tools for Tableau users often represent the early adopter segment of the Tableau community, we wanted to go ahead and pass along some information that will be helpful as you prepare for this exciting new release of Tableau.

If you’re brand new to our toolset, this may be more detail than you want to dig into right at first. Feel free to check some of our other blogs on new features, video demonstrations or our 2017 Spotlight Series. For those who already know and love Power Tools for Tableau, the following updates will be important to be mindful of as you continue to use the tools.

Enabling REST API on Tableau Server

We have a new requirement for the enablement of the REST API on Tableau Server. Most of our users already have this enabled, but we wanted to be clear that it’s now required for everyone. The REST API on Tableau Server is actually enabled by default (and has been since Tableau released version 8.3), but we know that there is a possibility for people to go in and change those settings. We want to make sure that this isn’t overlooked.

Rest API settings in command prompt

Above: To enable the REST API, head to the command prompt.

If there happens to be a scenario in your organization where someone requested the disabling of the REST API, please feel free to share the specifics of your scenario in the contact form below. We’re happy to talk through more of the specifics with you. Even if you don’t plan to upgrade to v10.5 for a while, you’ll want to have this option enabled on Server. It will ensure that there are no hiccups in user experience with our tools.

Sub-Projects in Tableau v10.5

Several folks have also been asking us about the brand-new capability in v10.5 to create sub-projects on Tableau Server. As you can imagine, that kind of adjustment in content hierarchy is a big deal for both Tableau and for our tools, as well. We are actively developing enhancements to allow our users to take advantage of new functionality around scanning and retrieving the workbooks in sub-projects on Tableau Server. For the time being, however, all our tools will continue to work with top-level projects only. If you’re eager to get any updates on the progress of these enhancements, please let our team know. We can keep you in the loop.

Performance Analyzer Becoming a Legacy Tool

The Performance Analyzer was one of the first tools that we made available to the community, and we’re proud of how it’s helped so many users manage their Tableau workbooks. With this upcoming Tableau v10.5 release, the time has come to say goodbye to this tool in its present form. Don’t worry though – it’s not disappearing from the application. We’re just moving it to the Legacy Tools section in our next release of Power Tools: Desktop.
Performance Analyzer

Above: The Performance Analyzer interface.

Performance Analyzer is tailored for inspecting individual queries that are executed in a workbook. It is also good for seeing the distribution of time spent rendering each sheet on a dashboard to understand which sheets take the most time to render. With the advanced functionality in Tableau v10.5, the Performance Analyzer will not be able to take advantage of the complex concurrency that is taking place with Tableau workbook queries. Since it will not be suited for these in-depth comparisons, we have decided to designate it as a Legacy Tool.

You will still be able to utilize it for Tableau v9.3-10.4. If you’ve been a big fan of the Performance Analyzer and you’d like to know about more of the specifics behind our decision, just drop us a line here and let our support team know how they can help.