Get started with Zebra BI Charts

Zebra BI Charts is one of the most powerful charting visuals in Power BI.

It renders waterfall, variance, column, area, line, dot, lollipop, ‘hills&valleys’ and other types of charts. You can easily create combination (combo) charts and above all, create small multiples of any chart type.

Pixel-perfect, fully responsive charts that automatically calculate PY, plan or forecast variances, YoY growth rates, and totals will vastly simplify your underlying data model while making your reports and dashboards utterly understandable and actionable.

Zebra BI Charts

#1 Business charts galore

One visual, many charts.

Simply click on the side arrows to get your data visualized in the most appropriate way. Professional data analysis made as easy as browsing pictures on your mobile phone.

Responsive layout

Zebra BI visuals for Power BI are the world's first fully responsive BI visuals. They will automatically adapt the content presented to the available space.

One-click calculations

Absolute and relative variances, YoY growth rates, etc. It's all there. No more messy DAX formulas. Zebra BI will save you weeks in creating your reports.

Just click on the labels to change calculations.

One-click axis break

Axis break, while being a slightly controversial dataviz method, can help present the contribution of data elements to the total result more clearly.

This frequently requested feature in business reporting is just one click away in Zebra BI!

Interchangeable orientation

You can now switch between the vertical and horizontal orientation of your charts! This way you can always make sure that the labels and data are displayed in the way you want. This works for integrated, waterfall, column, and pin charts.

#2 Amazing small multiples in Power BI

Insightful small multiples

Small multiples are considered one of the most powerful data visualization methods. That's why Zebra BI contains the most advanced algorithms for rendering small multiples among BI software so far.

Just add a data field to the Group bucket and the visual will magically show multiple charts, all perfectly scaled. Works with all Zebra BI charts, even with combo charts!

This will allow end users to compare and analyze multiple data categories at the same time, understanding their actual importance and trends:

Make sure you explore all the layouts available in the Small multiples group of settings in order to find the perfect display for your dataset:

Smart and powerful

It doesn't matter what field you work in - you probably needed to compare multiple categories of data at some point. Using small multiples allows you to immediately see which categories are the most important and also analyze the trends. Click around our interactive dashboard to see our examples of a financial report with small multiples.

New automatic layout

Our team developed a powerful new algorithm to optimize the placement of charts within one visual!

In older versions of Zebra BI, a big chart could already span over two smaller charts. Now, however, it can span over multiple charts, as many as can fit. The exact allocation of space has also been improved, resulting in an extremely optimized display of small multiples where practically no space is wasted.

This feature is especially useful in situations where you have big differences in values between data categories. Make sure you check out the improved Auto layout under Small multiples group of settings.

#3 Advanced features – take your dashboards to the next level

Waterfall charts with subtotals

Zebra BI Charts visual supports waterfall charts with extremely flexible subtotals.

This type of waterfall chart can be built by using just one single measure (called 'Value' in the above picture) and a category data field (called 'Account' in the example above). To display an element on the chart axis as a subtotal, just right-click on the element name (e.g. EBIT 2019 in the screenshot above) and select Result from the menu. Similarly, you can invert a selected element in case it represents a "bad" KPI (e.g. costs/expenses) that decreases the final result.

This powerful feature allows you to build waterfall charts for practically any data structure imaginable. Heck, it even works in small multiples!

Here's an example where the price-volume-mix variance analysis is calculated and presented visually for 15 countries simultaneously:

Just add forecasts to Zebra BI Charts

Segmented charts allow multiple comparison points in the same chart., which is an especially suitable option for displaying forecasts.

A typical example of that is the comparison of both the actuals (AC) and forecasts/estimates (FC) to the plan/budget (PL) in the same chart. E.g. your AC running from Jan to Jul, your FC running from Aug to Dec (rest-of-year) and all of that compared to the plan. Try adding 3 measures to the Value, Plan and Forecast fields respectively and Zebra BI will display them like this:

You can even show multiple comparisons at the same data point. E.g. it's perfectly possible to display the actuals compared to PY and plan/budget at the same. Will answer questions like: "If we have positive growth from previous year, are we also on the target and for how much?"

Combo charts

Combination charts allow you present more data series in the same space, adding context and insight into your datasets within the same visual.

Zebra BI can easily combine two different measures and even let you control the secondary Y-axis to make sure the data points do not overlap.

To build a combo chart, simply add two measures to the Value bucket. That's it! When you're done, modify the Combo chart settings to adjust the secondary Y-axis and other design properties if necessary.

It gets better. You can create combo charts with any other chart type that Zebra BI supports! And that's loads of them...

Here's an example where a waterfall chart (presenting sales compared to plan) is combined with the gross margin trend in %:

Drill-down (in a really nice way…)

Drill-down allows you to interactively explore data from a top overview down to the detail.

Just add multiple data fields or even better, a hierarchy, into the Category well.

The standard Power BI drill-down icons will appear in the title bar, allowing users to:

  • Drill-down into a value,
  • Navigate to the next level in the hierarchy or
  • Expand all elements down one level in the hierarchy.


Flexible number formats

Sounds trivial, but so many Power BI users out there are struggling to set up their favorite number format.

Not in Zebra BI! Simply choose to display negative values in parentheses or with a minus sign from the menu:

Highlight specific columns

You can now highlight specific columns with a color of your choice. Right-click on axis labels and choose to highlight any element. The default color of the highlight can be set in the Style, but users can change the color of each individual highlighted element. The highlight is completely dynamic so if your end users sort tables in a different order, the highlight will stick with its data category.

Unleash your visual styling

We fully support your custom JSON themes, which means, once you import them, they will work with all settings in Zebra BI visuals (design settings, font types, placement of values, default settings, etc.). This allows you to set up their preferred theme/style or align their Power BI reports and dashboards with your company’s corporate design.

All colors and fonts, that were previously customizable on each instance of the Zebra BI visual or set centrally in the Zebra BI member portal, are now fully exposed and can be specified in an extended JSON format for Power BI themes.

Once you create a custom theme (JSON file) you can import it by using the standard Power BI Import theme command. The theme covers all design settings and options for all Zebra BI charts and tables in one place.

Even more importantly, a custom theme can now control any setting available in the Zebra BI Charts (as well as the Zebra BI Tables) visual. This provides extensive and detailed governance of all reporting aspects of Zebra BI for Power BI.

Certified by Microsoft and IBCS

Zebra BI visuals are the first visuals for Power BI to be certified by Microsoft and IBCS.

They're fully compliant with Dr. Rolf Hichert's IBCS (International Business Communication Standards). This certificate ensures that business information is presented clearly, concisely and consistently across the cloud, mobile and desktop versions of Power BI. The IBCS standard design notation is rendered automatically, without adjusting any kind of settings!

Meanwhile, Microsoft certificate guarantees that Zebra visuals are safe to use. An internal Microsoft team has performed strict security tests that verify these visuals don't access external services or resources, and they follow secure coding patterns and guidelines. For visuals to be certified, they have to meet detailed requirements when it comes to code repository, file, command, compiling and source code.

Once a Power BI visual is certified, it offers more features, like exporting reports to PowerPoint and PDF, or display the visual in received emails, when subscribing to report pages.

Power BI visuals certified by Microsoft