Windows: Tableau is a nifty tool for converting data from Excel and other sources into visualisations. Version 9.0 has been in beta testing since late last year, and the release version is about to arrive.
Speaking at the Tableau On Tour customer conference in Melbourne this week, senior director of product management Marc Rueter said that the final version was due for release "within the next 60 days". Enhancements include improvements to server performance, additional tools for removing unwanted rows and other extraneous data from imported spreadsheets, and a global search facility for visualisations based on maps.
You can trial Tableau for 30 days for free, and Tableau Public, designed for use by journalists and bloggers who want to share data, is free for ongoing use.
Disclosure: Angus Kidman travelled to Melbourne as a guest of Tableau.