Animating Tableau

Including animation in a presentation can be very effective for engaging the audience. Hans Rosling accomplishes this admirably with his popular YouTube video 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes. In this video, Rosling uses data visualization to track wealth and life expectancy over time. His combination of data visualization with insightful commentary and a passion for his message makes Rosling's video a must-see for anyone interested in making appealing presentations using data.

Animation is easy to implement in Tableau but has a curious shortcoming. It is available via Tableau Reader but not Tableau Server. A worksheet with animation that is uploaded to Tableau Server will provide the end user with an option to click through ...

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