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Hello!

Vega-Lite is a library for creating sophisticated charts, visualizations, and interactive graphics.

The new Vega-Lite block brings the power of this library into your base.

Screen Shot 2020-06-08 at 11.26.31 AM

→ Click here to join the beta. Once you click that link, the “Vega-Lite” block will be available in the list of blocks when you go to install a block.

We’d love your feedback – please reply with thoughts and suggestions in this thread!

P.S. we’ll be open sourcing this block in the next week or two, stay tuned.

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I noticed absolutely no difference on my 64GB Mac; it’s blistering fast then and now. :winking_face:

@Kasra
Yes, it definitely does feel faster now. I don’t remember exactly what all applications I might have had running while trying to work with the block the first time when I expressed my frustration, so I’m likely not able to make a perfect comparison to that state… but with what I have open right now, I can say that I was not frustrated with choppiness in the editor while the graph tried to re-render on the fly.

So thank you!

@Bill.French … we get it … you’ve got a biiiiiiiiiiig computer :winking_face: :laughing:

And yet, it feels so tiny when I try to process the person count of an image with 100,000 people in it.

Jennifer_Bird
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Is it possible to get access to this still? I’d love to play around with it but I can’t install it on my dashboard, it doesn’t show up in the blocks…

Tanya_Payne
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

The coding panel jumps around constantly for me- is this due to my computer capability? Any suggestions to improve it? Thanks!

Felix_Fabich
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Which version of Vega-Lite is used by this app?

Ahmed_Alumran
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

Does Airtable’s Vega Lite app allow for interactivity, as shown in this Python API (Altair, see Github) that translates into the JSON script for the chart:

alt.Chart(source).mark_circle(size=60).encode(
x=‘Horsepower’,
y=‘Miles_per_Gallon’,
color=‘Origin’,
tooltip=[‘Name’, ‘Origin’, ‘Horsepower’, ‘Miles_per_Gallon’]
).interactive()

I believe it will work as long as it is supported in VegaLite.

Christopher_Wi1
6 - Interface Innovator
6 - Interface Innovator

Has anyone experienced a glitchy behavior with the scripting in the Vega-Lite block? It seems when I’m editing the script, Airtable starts to do lots of auto saves which, make it impossible to work in the Vega-Lite script at that point. I have to close the block and reopen but doesn’t seem to fix. Also, I’m in the browser (Chrome). Not sure if it would be different in the desktop app.

Jonathan_Kau
4 - Data Explorer
4 - Data Explorer

It appears as though properties such as “repeat” and “layer” are no longer permitted with the Vega Lite block. Is this on purpose? If so, the basic use case of a line graph with multiple series is no longer possible.