Spotfire is a very intuitive design tool. It’s very easy to manipulate X-axes and Y-axes to build visualizations. The tool does not have a heavy learning curve. It’s also well-designed in that once you learn one thing, it’s quite easy to use that knowledge to do something else. The UI is quite consistent.
The tool allows you to customize the application. For example, the SDK allows for custom visualizations. But for that one should have the programming knowledge, C# is must to learn.
The best feature which I found is use of html language in text areas. You can design the text area with background colors and images as well you can add borders in text areas.
Spotfire supports the S plus and R language which we can used for predictive analysis. It’s a complex part of Spotfire.
It allows you to make your custom sql queries and load the required data only. Information designer is the best part in Spotfire, you can create columns, use conditions, pivot, unpivot, and make joins. It’s a kind of sql editor.
Marking visualization components and filtering for drill-down into the underlying data are very intuitive and easy to understand.
Version 6.0 has some added features like maporama in their maps, later on in coming releases they are going to add more to maps.
You can limit your data by using simple expressions.
These are the points which makes Spotfire different from other BI tools.