Exploration Canvas Beta Program Overview

The Exploration Canvas is a brand new platform surface for data exploration, data shaping, and derived view creation. It arrives as a beta experience on select Data & Insights domains in June 2021.

This article contains information on the Beta Program. For details about the Exploration Canvas itself, please visit this article.

Beta Program Details

  • Limited Release: The Exploration Canvas will debut on Enterprise Data Platforms in June 2021. Over subsequent months, the Exploration Canvas will begin to appear on Open Data domains, and reach General Availability in 2022.

  • Opt-In: During the beta, users can choose when and whether to utilize the Exploration Canvas, without it impacting their existing workflows. (See “Accessing the Exploration Canvas” below.)

  • Living Beta: Users will see updates shipped to the Exploration Canvas on a regular basis (i.e. weekly). These will be accompanied by release notes.

  • Backwards Compatible: Views created using the Exploration Canvas can also be loaded in the Grid View.

Accessing the Exploration Canvas

This “Beta” banner appears when an asset is compatible with the Exploration Canvas. It displays on asset primer pages, in the Grid View, and in within the current Grid View’s SoQL Query Editor (when applicable).

Click “Try it Now” to open the asset in the Exploration Canvas. Otherwise, click the “x” to dismiss these reminders for the duration of your session.


The Exploration Canvas also includes a quick “Return to Grid View” option.


Living Beta

The Exploration Canvas continues to undergo active development. Rather than hold back improvements - like feature enhancements, or even bug fixes - we will ship updates on a regular cadence, typically weekly. Keep up with changes by checking out our Beta Release Notes and Beta Known Issues.

Upcoming Functionality

The same basic data exploration and data shaping functionality currently offered in the Grid View will be available in the Exploration Canvas as soon as it arrives in June 2021. However, even more exciting features are actively being built, and will be added to the Exploration Canvas over the course of regular updates.

This chart indicates what to expect, using the current Grid View as a reference:


Grid View

Exploration Canvas



Beta (June 2021)

Coming Soon

View and page through data table



Search data table



Filter and sort columns




Sort on multiple columns / set sort order


Quick filter via column header


Remove and reorder columns

Group columns

Create aggregate columns

Create additional calculated columns with written SoQL


Create additional calculated columns via UI


Join assets with written SoQL


Join assets via UI

Search for assets to join

Use “read-only” data shaping to explore published assets


Create derived views

Copy derived views


See views' underlying queries

Navigate between visual data shaping tools and written query string

View full data table while editing written SoQL Query

Adjust size of SoQL Query Editor


Descriptive errors in the SoQL Query Editor


Share asset to social media

Export data

We Want to Hear from You!

We are excited to hear feedback from users of the beta Exploration Canvas. Your feedback will inform the continued development of this feature. Share your thoughts with us!

To make the feedback process as simple as possible, our Client Success and Software Support teams have coordinated to ensure that all feedback related to this feature reaches the Product Development team. Feel free to share your thoughts through any of the following venues:

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