August 2023 Product Release

Platform Consistency 

Legacy Calendars Upgrade

We are excited to announce that over the course of the next month, all remaining legacy calendars will be migrated to our new calendar visualization! New calendar visualizations offer a better navigation and display experience and do not have an event limit the same way legacy calendars did. This upgrade will be performed by Tyler Technologies on behalf of our customers, and we are thrilled to be able to restore the value of calendars.

More details about creating new calendars in the visualization canvas can be found here.

JSONquery Derived View Migration

In the next phase of our Exploration Canvas rollout, we will make a greater number of derived views compatible with Exploration Canvas. All customers will see a more consistent experience when working with different datasets across the platform, and more customers will experience the improved data shaping experience that exists in Exploration Canvas. For the first phase of this migration, only derived views that meet the following criteria will be migrated:

  • The derived view has no hidden columns

  • The derived view has no Order-by

  • The derived view has no search strings

  • The derived view has no conditional formatting

  • The derived view has no parent with hidden column

  • The derived view has no child assets

  • The derived view has not updated in the last 365 days

More details about the Exploration Canvas for Open Data Platforms can be found here.

More details about the Exploration Canvas for Enterprise Data Platforms can be found here.

Deprecations & Removals

Data Lens Deprecation

Between July 17th and July 24th we will migrate Data Lenses to Perspectives Stories. We will migrate only those Data Lenses that are:

  • Public

  • Official

  • Shown in the catalog

  • Updated July 2022 through “today”

  • And any additional Data Lenses that have been communicated to us

Data Lenses that are not migrated will be removed from customer sites by the end of 2023.

Perspectives Stories is a single, dynamic space to collaboratively tell a story or track a problem. With the improvements to Stories we have made over the last couple of years, we believe Stories offers a superior experience for your programs and citizens, compared to Data Lens, in terms of data exploration, reporting, and public engagement. Want to learn more? Check out this support article a side-by-side comparison of Perspectives Stories and Data Lens.

Please see the Deprecation Roadmap for more details.

Story Enhancements

Edit Perspectives Story Visualizations in Authoring Experience Only

We’ve made editing and configuring visualizations in Stories more consistent.
Previously, users could configure and save actions in both the visualization authoring experience and in the Edit Mode of Perspectives Stories, resulting in confusing UI interactions for users. These actions included things such as setting the zoom level of maps and active table hierarchy tabs.

In this release, any changes to visualizations, including filter settings, will only be saved when a user enters the visualization authoring experience. These actions will no longer save if configured in the Edit Mode of Stories.

Please see this support article for more details: Create a Visualization in a Story

Tyler Design System Updates to Story Filters

We continue to progress in adopting the Tyler Technologies Design System. With this release, users can expect updated Story Filters, including filters in the Quick Filter Bar (QFB) and the Global Filter Bar (GFB) that will include:

  • Any visualization filter values that the GFB filters will be “read-only.”

  • Global Filter Bar filtered content will no longer have the blue or red highlights indicating whether or not it is filtered.

    • Instead, the filter icon on visualizations in the Story will include the number of active filter counts for all GFB and QFB values.

Please see this support article for more details: The Stories Global Filter Bar

Performance Improvements to Editing Perspectives Stories

In this release, users will see improved Classic and Flexible Layout Story performance! Users will experience quicker Story creation and editing as story drafts will now auto-save as users make changes, eliminating a previous lag.

Export improvements to Tables in Perspectives Stories

We’ve made incremental improvements to the export functionality for tables in Perspectives Stories. When users export from a table and select “all data,” the export will contain the columns selected when configuring the table. If they choose “filtered data,” the export will contain the data filtered down by any QFB or GFB. In addition, if they have selected any columns from the Column Side Panel to show, they will also be included in the export.

Please see this support article for more details: Table Visualizations in Stories

If you have any questions about our platform, please reach out to us at and let us know!

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