For returning users of Trifacta, you may have noticed a change in your usual workflow. Our latest version introduces Flow View 2.0, which features updated visuals and new functionality.
Improved flow visuals
Flows 2.0 improve the user experience when working within the flow view and enhances the ability to organize, annotate, visualize and customize flows.
Flows 2.0 has a redesigned canvas to show the connections of sources, recipes and outputs, making it easier to understand the flow of your data from end to end. The new interface turns reference datasets and outputs into standalone nodes on the canvas rather than being bound to a recipe. This has been a much requested enhancement and gives more visibility into the exact process of a flow.
New flow interactions
The new flow canvas allows for users to customize their flows with all new interactions. Features includes:
Drag and drop datasets, recipes, and outputs to rearrange the flow to help with organization.
Toggle zoom levels
Pan around the canvas
Add comments and annotations within the flow canvas
Select multiple nodes with command/ctrl + drag or command/ctrl + clicking multiple nodes.
Create joins and unions from the canvas
Join and union from flow
Users can now initiate joins and unions within the flow view. In certain situations, it may be more natural to join or union from the flow view as it maintains a view of the connection between the datasets. You can continue to perform joins and unions in the Transformer view as well if that is your preference.
Search for flow nodes by type
Another new feature in Flows 2.0 is the ability to search the names and descriptions of different nodes within a flow. This is particularly useful for finding nodes within complex flows containing many nodes of various types. You can access the flow search panel by clicking on the magnifying glass icon located in the top right corner of the flow view navigation menu.
There is also an option to auto-arrange nodes. This is useful for re-organizing a custom node layout back to a fresh system generated layout starting point. This feature may also be helpful to rearrange flow layouts that were originally created in classic flow view.
For more information about the Flow View 2.0, please see the Flow View introduction.