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We roll out new cool features every month. Come to this page to see the list of changes for the Browse and Explore sections of Looker.

Looker administrators and developers should also view our official release notes page.

Looker 4.2

Notable Features

Content Management and Discoverability

You and your coworkers are probably whipping up some great content in Looker, but sorting through all that great stuff wasn’t always trivial. Introducing a new system for content discovery! Search is much zippier than the one in prior releases and is broader-reaching. A Favorites system allows you to keep tabs on the Looks and drag-and-drop Dashboards that matters most to you regardless of where they live, provided you’ve been given access of course. Last but not least, the Top Content section surfaces what you and your coworkers have been using the most. Explore on!

Schedule Full Result Sets to Amazon S3

Shirk the constraints of email and send query results to S3. Introducing the ability to send full result sets to S3, provided a query meets the Looker’s standard result streaming requirements. Bypass browser, memory, and email limitations by scheduling all results to S3 or use the process to store snapshots, periodic reports.

Features By Section

Content Management and Discoverability

  • Favorites. A system for selecting and quickly navigating to the Looks & Dashboards you care about most. Clicking the heart icon will put a link to the content piece in a list that’s easy to access straight from Spaces. Learn more.

  • Top Content. A list of the most popular Looks & Dashboards on your Looker instance. This section is a great way to learn about new reports you haven’t taken a look at yet. Learn more.

  • Global Search. A search function in the navigation bar that searches across Looks, Dashboards, LookML Dashboards, LookML files, Explores, your Favorites, Top Content, and pages like Browse and your Account Settings. Learn more.

Scheduling & Downloading

Explore

  • Streamable In-database Pivots. Implemented streamable pivots for the majority of SQL dialects for which Looker supports query streaming (exceptions in the second link below). Barring other restrictions, query results are no longer limited to 30,000 cells and users may download large result sets. Learn more about streaming pivots. Learn more about streaming in Looker.

Visualizations

  • Added the ability to fade one of the series on a chart when hovering. Learn more.

  • Implemented logic to reduce the chances of value label collisions.

Looker 4.0

Features By Section

Explore

  • Dimension fill. The results table now populates with missing date, yesno, and many other dimensional values. Associated measures are given values of null. Learn more.
  • Added “Save & Schedule” option. Users will be prompted to save their query as a Look and then be taken directly to the Schedule modal.

Looker Design

  • Updated Colors to use white backgrounds and new button styles and colors.
  • Added “Explore From Here” link in Spaces. This shortcut takes users directly to a Look’s Explore page equivalent for faster exploration.

Visualizations

  • Series tab for pie charts, donut multiples, and table visualizations. Implemented the Series tab, previously only available on Cartesian charts, for pie charts, donut multiples, and table visualizations, which replaces the Style tab’s key-value pair method for changing colors and column labels.
  • Visual Drilling. Added a visualization option to the drill overlay, selectable when drilling from a visualization. Learn more.
  • Pivots no longer require a second dimension.
  • Introduced Labels for Trend Lines.

Scheduling & Downloading

  • Image Rendering. Added the ability to download an image of the visualization from a Look, Explore, or a Dashboard.
  • Added a progress page for downloading tasks.

Looker 3.56

More Clarity When Browsing or Editing Looks

Overview

We’ve made a set of changes that make using and creating Looks easier in Looker 3.56. See how it works in this video!

Starting in this release:

  • If you just want to browse existing saved content, Looks are now much simpler and have more information. You can make changes to filter values, limits, and sorting without affecting anyone else. And, you can still use the Look as a starting point to do your own exploring.
  • If you create and edit Looks, it will be clearer when you’re editing something that already exists and when you are just exploring. Click Edit when viewing a Look, then make any desired changes, including changing the Look name right on the Look’s page.
  • It’s much easier to edit a set of Looks used in a dashboard because you can edit them from the dashboard.

Using a Look

When viewing and using Looks, look for these new changes and features:

  • View the details pane on the right side to see information about the Look, who made it, which dashboards include it, and whether there are any schedules using it. You can also create a schedule for it or add it to a dashboard.
  • Without changing the Look you can modify the filter values, sort columns, and change the row and column limits. To see the Look’s original settings click Reset Look.
  • You can also interact with the visualization in the same way that you can on a dashboard, including seeing tooltips, launching the drill preview, or clicking the legend to show or hide data series.

Editing a Look

Looker 3.56 makes it very clear when the adjustments you make will really change the Look. Like a dashboard, you now click Edit to start editing a Look. An edit window overlays the Look, giving you access to the field picker and all other features to change the query and visualization. You can also change the name of the Look right on the page. Make your changes, then click Save.

From the edit window, you can also Explore From Here, see which dashboards will be affected by your edits, or Cancel your edits.

Exploring From a Look

If you want to start from a Look to explore, just click Explore from Here. You’ll get a new Explore page with the Look’s query already in place. You can add or remove fields and filters as desired without affecting the saved Look.

Exploring From a Space

You can also choose to explore a Look directly from a Space. Click Explore from Here in the gear dropdown menu.

Fast Editing of Looks from Dashboards

If you want to modify the Look that a dashboard tile is based on, first click Edit for the dashboard.

Next, click the dashboard tile’s menu and click Edit Original Look. Looker will display the new Look edit page. When you Save your changes, Looker displays the dashboard with the updated Look.

Automatic Y-Axis Limits No Longer Need to Include Zero

For many releases, Looker could automatically choose a maximum y-axis value for you if you did not set it explicitly. However, Looker always used a minimum y-axis value of zero. Starting in Looker 3.56, you can allow Looker to set the minimum y-axis value dynamically as well. To do so, turn on the Unpin from Zero setting.

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