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Amazon QuickSight August 2020 Update

Released on August 13th, 2020

Amazon QuickSight Launches Folders, a New Calculations Editor Experience and More

Amazon QuickSight now supports folders for organization and sharing. Personal folders allow admins and authors to organize and manage content within their user accounts. Authors and admins can create personal folders and add dashboards, analyses and data sets in them. Personal folders are private to each author/admin and do not affect permissions of assets stored within.

Shared folders allow admins and authors to simplify sharing and permissions management over 1000s of dashboards, analyses and data sets, while providing readers with a hierarchical discovery model for information within the team/organization. Shared folders must first be created by QuickSight Admins, who can then grant access to authors and readers. Assets placed in a shared folder will be shared with users at the permission level (owner or viewer) that users have to the folder.

Personal and Shared folders are accessible to users from QuickSight's new home page.This new home page has direct links to favorites and recently accessed items, folders and provides sections specific to dashboards, analyses, and data sets, with choice of a new responsive thumbnail view or a list view. Read more about folders in this AWS Big Data blog post.

With this release, QuickSight’s calculations editor sees a complete revamp. The new full-screen editing experience supports auto-complete on fields and functions, syntax and error highlighting, commenting in calculations, formatting for multi-line calculations, and a searchable reference pane for available functions, parameters, and fields. This new calculations editor appears when you create new or update existing calculations.

Lastly, QuickSight now supports dynamic default values for multi-valued parameters, adding to existing support for dynamic defaults on single-valued parameters. This allows authors to set customized, user-specific defaults on multi-select controls and parameters for every user visiting your dashboard. For example, reader A when landing on a dashboard can be shown Region set to West and North by default while reader B can be shown Region set to East and South by default. To learn how to setup dynamic defaults, see here.

Personal and Shared folders are available in Amazon QuickSight Enterprise Edition, while QuickSight’s new home page, calculations experience and dynamic defaults for multi-valued parameters are available in both Standard and Enterprise Edition across all supported regions - US East (N. Virginia and Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (Frankfurt, Ireland and London), and Asia Pacific (Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo). 

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