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Looker 7 Release Highlights

Looker 7.4

Expected
Rollout
Start
Sunday
March 15th
2020
Expected
Final Release and
Download Available
Thursday
March 26th
2020

Dashboards (Beta) Updates

Introducing new functionalities on dashboards (beta).
  • Dashboards can now be downloaded in PDF and CSV formats. Note: PDF will still render the old dashboard design.
  • A tile’s content can be downloaded in these formats: TXT, Excel, CSV, JSON, HTML, Markdown, and PNG.
  • A grid layout option is now supported.
  • Merged results are now filterable and fully supported.

New LookML Syntax

Introducing new filters and order_by_field syntax.
  • New filters syntax is more concise and simpler to write. The square brackets denote an array with key-value pairs.
  • Measures can now be sorted by other measures in the order_by_field parameter.

Slack App Updates

Introducing the ability to add multiple Slack workspaces and Looker homepage in Slack.

Marketplace Content

More blocks and visualizations are now available in the Looker Marketplace.
  • Added the following blocks:
    • Salesforce
    • Hubspot
    • Square
    • Time Tracking Essentials
    • Zendesk Analysis
  • Added the following Visualizations
    • Aster
    • Spider

Action Hub Updates

Introducing two new Google actions - Google Drive & Google Sheets.
  • Users now have the ability to use an Oauth-based Google Drive action to send PDFs, Images, and more straight to Google Drive from Looker.
  • Users now have the ability to use an Oauth-based Google Sheets action to send CSVs from Looker straight to Google Sheets, as well as the ability to maintain live linkages or send static snapshots.

Looker 7.2

Expected
Rollout
Start
Sunday
February 9th
2020
Expected
Final Release and
Download Available
Thursday
February 20th
2020

Dashboards (Beta) Updates

Introducing new functionalities on dashboards (beta).
  • Introducing the ability to create and manage alerts with a new simplified UI.
  • Introducing support for static maps (regions and point).
  • The LookML parameter parameter is now supported in dashboard (beta) filters, specifically for the following filter types:
    • Radio buttons
    • Button group
    • Drop-down menu
    • Advanced (is)

Team Homepage Settings

Homepage settings are out of Labs (beta) and in the Admin section under General Settings.

API 4.0 (Experimental)

Introducing a new experimental version of the Looker API, version 4.0.

Looker 7.0

Expected
Rollout
Start
Sunday
January 10th
2020
Expected
Final Release and
Download Available
Monday
February 3rd
2020

Marketplace

Marketplace (beta) Labs feature is enabled by default.
  • Ensures that users can easily discover relevant and helpful marketplace choices.
  • Enables Looker users to discover, install, and uninstall content like blocks, applications, and custom visualizations. This initial release of the marketplace is publishing the following:
    • Sales Application
    • 23 Looker Blocks
    • 12 custom visualizations

IDE Improvements

Introducing bulk edits for files and folders in the IDE as well as improvements to the IDE UI.

Enhanced PDT Rebuilds

Use the power of the LookML model outside of Looker.
  • For every rebuild of a PDT, the given table name will now be unique. This will yield increased stability and faster rebuilds for certain dialects.
  • Stable, statically named view tables can now be generated on top of PDTs. A stable database view will only be published for its underlying PDT when that PDT gets rebuilt. By having a static, friendly name, the view table allows you to consistently access a PDT via SQL on the source database. This feature provides users with the ability to hook up other analytics or data science tools to Looker-governed data. Learn more about stable view tables.

System Activity Dashboard Enhancements

System Activity dashboards can be enabled through a beta Looker Labs feature: System Activity Model.
  • Improved and reorganized dashboards in a logical and actionable way to provide users with more efficient monitoring of the Looker instance. Learn more about System Activity dashboards.
  • Use the Errors and Broken Content dashboard to stay on top of all the things that need your attention for quick remediation.
  • Visualize potential performance issues via the new scheduler heatmap and avoid bottlenecks.
  • These are the titles of the available dashboards:
    • User Activity
    • Content Activity
    • Performance Audit 1
    • Performance Audit 2
    • Errors and Broken Content

Boards Section Descriptions

To provide more context to users viewing boards, the feature now includes descriptions for each section.
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