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Zebra BI for Power BI - December 2022 update

What better way to end the year than with a bunch of new Zebra BI features for Power BI?

Get your hands on the latest features like basis points in Zebra BI Tables, difference highlights of subtotals in Zebra BI Charts, and KPI descriptions in Zebra BI Cards. Most importantly, the user experience of the visuals is getting even more seamless with the migration of the settings to the visuals. It literally opens a new era for Zebra BI visuals in Power BI!  

Santa came early this year, let’s unwrap the presents. 👇
Download the Demo PBIX file that contains all the latest features illustrated with many practical examples.

Note: This is a private version of our Power BI visuals (not the AppSource version).
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Watch the Video

Watch the video below for a quick and practical overview of all major NEW features & updates:
(00:00) Intro
(00:26) Support for basis point format in Zebra BI Tables
(02:15) Subtotal difference highlights in a single-measure waterfall chart
(03:58) Chart settings on the visual
(05:45) Updated toolbar design in Zebra BI Cards
(06:11) KPI description in Zebra BI Cards
(07:34) Full JSON settings in Zebra BI Cards
(08:23) Important improvements & bug fixes
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Play with our interactive example to get inspired and see all the new features in action. 
Tip: Make sure you put the interactive report in the full-screen mode (⤢) and check out all the pages by pressing the navigation arrows.

So, what’s new? 🎉

Basis points format

A drop or rise by even a fraction of a percent can significantly impact the performance of large companies. Tracking the change with a basis point rather than a percentage point brings more clarity to the report viewers.

In Zebra BI Tables 6.1 and above you can find this new feature under the formatting pane > Data label. Simply toggle it on and observe the change in the absolute variance. You can rename it, suppress relative variance percentage points, or adjust the number of decimals.

Could it get any better? 🤩

App-like experience 

Zebra BI visuals are on a mission to become more interactive and help you save time by moving settings from the formatting pane to the visuals themselves. Since most users benefit from the commenting feature, we first applied the change there.  

With Zebra BI Charts 6.2, you will now see a dropdown to adjust different comment settings right next to the comment box. With just one click you can change different comment settings right there and then focus more on analyzing the insights.  Like what you read? It gets even better because you can now also change the title settings (font size, family, and color) directly on the visual.

Stay tuned, we’ve got a lot more coming up! 💥

KPI description

Have you ever been in a situation where you were looking at a dashboard with multiple KPIs and you wished there would be a description for the indicators right there for easier understanding?

Worry no more! With the new Zebra BI Cards feature, report designers can add the KPI description to each indicator. Result? You can facilitate a better and faster understanding of the report and remove any potential misunderstanding.

Just what you want for your reports. 🎯

Subtotal difference highlight

Tracking yearly balances with revenues and costs is essential for understanding your company’s financial situation. And to do it optimally you need to see the changes between different results immediately.

With Zebra BI Charts, you can now highlight the subtotal differences in a single-measure waterfall chart. The feature is toggled on by default and you can change several settings under ‘Difference highlight’ in the formatting pane. The best part? The arrows are scaled and everything is IBCS-compliant

All questions answered immediately. 🥇

JSON theme in Zebra BI Cards

Matching reports to your company branding is now possible also with the Zebra BI Cards. Simply upload your custom JSON theme to a Power BI report with Zebra BI visuals (Cards, Tables, or Charts) and voila, your dashboard will resemble the look and feel of your company. Pretty neat, right? 🤩

New to custom themes in Power BI? Get your hands on the step-by-step guide and see how visual storytelling can elevate your reports.

Top N + Others in hierarchy with 3+ levels

Zebra BI Tables 6.2 is not only the fastest custom matrix visual on the market, but it also ensures even greater data visibility. In hierarchical tables with many levels, you can now use the Top N + Others feature also if you have data with 3+ levels.

To access it simply right-click on the category, select Top N, and define the number of rows that should be visible. Main benefit? It will improve the visibility of reports and help your users focus on the categories that have the highest impact.

It’s a win-win situation. 💪

Other Improvements

Zebra BI Tables 6.2

  • The long category label names that are trimmed are now shown in the tooltip on hover for an unlimited time. 
  • Removed the hover tooltip for sorting from the column mouseover if the interaction setting for ‘Sorting’ is turned off. The report creator still sees it, but the viewer does not.
  • Custom styles are now applied to all groups on all levels. By going into the formatting pane > Group title, users can adjust the font color, size, family, and alignment for all levels.

Zebra BI Charts 6.2

  • Added the possibility to see a color preview when the color picker is used for highlighting.
  • The default value of Treat nulls as zeroes was changed to OFF
  • Updated comparison data interaction regarding null values.
  • Updated the display of the Total column when 2 comparisons are available (PL or PY and FC).

Zebra BI Cards 1.5

  • Updated the design of the global toolbar.
  • Added a character limit to scenario alias rename functionality. From now on, users can type in max 20 characters. If they insert more, they will be returned to the 20 characters.
  • Removed the layout name that appeared over the visual when it was exported from Power BI to PDF.
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Time to give it a spin!

If you're using the AppSource version of Zebra BI (version 4.0.0 or higher), then your Zebra BI Charts & Cards will be updated via Microsoft's AppSource marketplace automatically once processed. Please note that Zebra BI Tables 6.2 is a new visual that you need to import from Microsoft's AppSource manually. Expected release dates according to the Microsoft Power BI team:

  • Zebra BI Cards 1.5: Decemebr 19, 2022
  • Zebra BI Tables 6.0: December 19, 2022
  • Zebra BI Charts 6.0: December 21, 2022

If you're using an older (private) version of Zebra BI (e.g. 3.x.x or older), then this is a perfect opportunity to update your Zebra BI! When ready, just shoot us an email at support@zebra.bi and we'll help you migrate to the latest version.

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