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Looker 21 Changelog

21.0

21.0 January 20th, 2021
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The Year to Date control option on the timeframes filter, used to filter from the beginning of the year to the current date, has been temporarily removed.
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The Overflow option in the Location drop-down has been removed from the Edit Filter pop-up. Filters can be moved into overflow by dragging and dropping.
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Some filter control types now have only one possible display orientation. For filters that have multiple display options, you can still switch between Popover and Inline. Other filter control types may be available for only one of those options. Any existing filters that had a display orientation that is no longer supported will now show the current default display orientation for that type of filter control. All filter control types can still be dragged into the More button.
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The cross-filtering feature is now generally available without having to enable a Labs feature. Cross-filtering must be enabled on each dashboard.
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SQL Runner queries can no longer be merged to Explore queries and saved to dashboards.
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When you launch a Quick Start analysis, the visualization pane will automatically be opened. Quick Start analyses now respect applied sorting.
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When you clear fields from an Explore query, custom fields will be deselected instead of removed.
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On the In Use tab of an Explore, users can now switch the timeframe of a selected date or duration field without going into the full field list.
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The upgraded Explore field picker defaults to the All Fields tab instead of the In Use tab when an existing query is open.
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If the New Query Streaming experimental Labs feature is enabled and the query is streamable, the scheduler will use the new query streaming feature.
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The Download Termination Error Handling feature has been removed from Labs. It is now configurable through an experimental feature CLI flag, download-termination-error-handling.
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A custom visualization that uses JavaScript no longer requires third-party cookies to be enabled for it to load.
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The Looker Data Dictionary field profiler now checks whether Count measures belong to the same view name, rather than view label, as the selected numeric dimension to display Distribution and Values calculations.
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The ability to join to the sessions table has been removed from drill queries on tiles in the User Activity dashboard under the System Activity section of the Admin panel.
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Extension code can be split into multiple bundles for faster load time.
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As with previous versions of Looker, when the last remaining recipient of a scheduled content delivery unsubscribes, the schedule is deleted. In Looker 21.0, that user will now see the following confirmation message when attempting to unsubscribe: You're the only recipient for this schedule. If you unsubscribe from this delivery, the schedule will be deleted. Are you sure you want to unsubscribe?
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To generate LookML that better handles nested records, improvements have been made to the LookML generator and Create View from Table page.
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The api_server_url has been added to the /versions endpoints for the Looker API server. The https://my.looker.com/versions endpoint no longer requires authentication.
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Looker's managed database service feature is disabled for all Looker versions on 21.0 and higher. To have the feature enabled, contact your Looker representative. The service will be deprecated entirely in Looker 21.12 (July 2021).
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Support for JDK 11 has been temporarily suspended.
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A new visualization type, Histogram Visualization, is now available from the Looker Marketplace.
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Users can now create a custom measure from a custom dimension in the field picker.
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Cross-filtering is now supported on the Funnel Chart and Timeline Chart visualization types and for custom visualizations.
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Fast Value Formatting is a new beta Labs feature that significantly improves value formatting performance.
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Subheaders identifying the type and name of an object are now populated in the metadata panel, which is enabled by the IDE Metadata Sidebar Labs feature. If the object selected is a view, then the metadata panel populates the Base View of and Joined in sections, which provide context for how the view is used in your project.
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Since is a new status under the Regenerating and Building sections of the Persistent Derived Tables under Admin to show additional information on when the build started.
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Embedded images (base64-encoded) can be viewed in query results if the Block Inline Embedded Images in Query Results admin setting is disabled.
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Alerts can now be set to check for alert conditions more frequently and include an option to specify an interval during which alert checks will occur.
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The role, model set, and permission set listing page is now paginated and searchable.
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Admins for instances with whitelabeling enabled can now access product messaging.
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Users can now view and adjust time zones within dashboards using the new dashboard experience, as long as User Specific Time Zones is enabled.
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Users can now add and save comments on individual fields in the Data Dictionary extension. These comments live only in the Data Dictionary UI and are not propagated to the associated LookML model. Looker admins can assign users permissions to view or make comments; or they can toggle comments off entirely. To implement comments, update the Looker Data Dictionary app to version 2.0.0 or later from the Manage page in the Looker Marketplace.
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Users now have the ability to specify the target Git branch where Looker developer branches will be merged. Use the Git production branch name field in the Project Settings. The default Git production branch is master.
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Amazon Redshift is now a supported SQL Dialect for distinct counts with aggregate awareness.
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Dremio 11+ is now a supported Looker dialect and includes support for symmetric aggregates.
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Dialects Cloudera Impala 3.1+ and Cloudera Impala with Native Diver 3.1+ now support symmetric aggregates.
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In the experimental Looker API (v4), the all_users endpoint can optionally request user count.
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The /api/3.x/derived_table/graph/model/:model endpoint has been made publicly available to visualize PDT dependency graphs for troubleshooting PDT errors.
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A new measure, Dashboards Run Count, has been added to the System Activity history view.
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The Google Chronicle Security Block, for analysis of Chronicle datasets in Google BigQuery, is now available from the Looker Marketplace.
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The upgraded Explore field picker result set no longer displays erratic scrolling and now has improved accessibility support.
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The list of available options for the values of parameters now renders as expected.
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Visualizations no longer have issues with y-axis labels and tick mark values overlapping.
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Resizing columns on transposed tables works as expected.
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Sorting in the upgraded field picker is based on the group_item_label, as expected.
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The table header shows up as expected when a table calculation is added to a table before any dimensions or measures.
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SSO Embed users will no longer be shown a logout pop-up.
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Embedded dashboards that use the new dashboard experience no longer generate spurious page:changed and dashboard:filters:changed messages.
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Performance improvements on the Admin > Connections and Admin > Groups pages result in faster page loads.
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Users no longer require explore permissions to download drill data in PNG format.
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System activity is now returned with all_lookml_models(), including lookml_model(system__activity), if the user has see_system_activity permissions.
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Downloads to the XLSX format using the New Query Streaming feature work as expected for queries with value formatting and measures.
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Links using Liquid variables work as expected.
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When Looker's Slack integration is enabled, the /looker select command is included as expected in the list of supported commands shown when you type the /looker help command into Slack.
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Time series alerts will fire as expected if values in any pivoted column meet or exceed the alert conditions.
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