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New “Experimental” Fusion Tables Adds More ‘Visualizations, Open-source Tools, API with JavaScript’ and More!

The Fusion Tables team at Google has been a little quiet lately, and today announced a bunch of new stuff that makes it easier to discover, manage and visualize data including:

First, you will notice a look Fusion Table that helps you explore and collaborate better on data. “Faceted search make it easier to dive into a big data set and specify what you want to see. Multiple tabs let you experiment, trying different views of a table. And the new card layout lets you give a row of data your own custom layout,” informs Rebecca Shapley, Fusion Tables Team.

More visualizations on lots of data
There are new visualizations available in the Experiment menu. You can try the Zoomable Line chart, or try out the Network Graph visualization.

New Exprimental Fusion Tables bring more visualization

New Fusion Tables API works great with javascript
“New API, currently available to trusted testers, can now return data in JSON so it’s easy to get data and manipulate it with javascript, right from the browser,” said Shapley. You can now also RESTfully modify tables, templates and map styles.

New open-source tools library
New point-n-click tools such as Fusion Tables Layer wizard, and chart creator and more for working with Fusion Tables are now available in the Fusion Tables open source library.

Following new features are now available in “Experimental”:

  • Saving one or more states on the same table
  • Faceted filter creation
  • Horizontal scroll bar for up to 50 columns
  • Customizable card layout
  • Zoomable line chart (also found under the “Experiment” menu in Classic)
  • Data preview when merging tables
  • Creating a view with a filter

To try the “Experimental” version of Fusion Tables web application, please note, that all tables that are smaller than 1MB and 50 columns have a “View in Experimental” link in the upper right corner. To exit Experimental at any time, click the “View in Classic” link.

Don’t see the Experimental link offered on your table? Tables with the following properties are not (yet!) supported in Experimental:

  • More than 50 columns
  • Total table size is greater than 1 MB
  • Note: As you add rows to a table, it may become too large for Experimental.

Basic map tutorial is available for Experimental and Classic versions.

New Experimental Fusion Tables web application

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