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Zebra BI for Power BI – June 2022 Release

The June product release of Zebra BI visuals for Power BI brings some of the most requested features! Font settings and year-to-date comparison are now a reality with the Zebra BI Cards 1.2 version. Creating customized reports where data is in the correct perspective has never been easier. Additionally, explore further optimized dynamic comments, color-coding features in the legend, scenario notation in a single-measure waterfall chart, and other new features for Actionable Reporting.
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Note: This is a private version of our Power BI visuals (not the AppSource version).
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Watch the video below for a quick and practical overview of all major NEW features & updates:
(00:05) Intro to June 2022 Release
(00:28) Dynamic comment markers
(02:28) Multiple plan notation
(03:25) Scenario notation in waterfall charts
(05:18) Legend color-coding
(06:54) Dynamic comments in small multiples
(07:47) Automatic data label density options
(08:50) Font settings in Zebra BI Cards
(10:15) Interaction settings
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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? 🎉

Customizable font settings

How awesome would it be if you could apply your preferred font size, style, or color to the elements on the Zebra BI Cards visual?

Based on the number of requests, it would be monumental. 😎 The 1.2 update of Zebra BI Cards enables you to apply your preferred font settings to all the elements on a single card: KPI title, value, variances, and chart label by simply opening the global toolbar and clicking on Fonts.

It has for sure made our day. But a friendly reminder: consistency is the key to actionable reports. Once you change the colors of the elements, keep in mind that one color must always keep the same meaning.

Dynamic comment markers

Is it possible to make the Zebra BI’s dynamic comments even better? The answer is: yes!

The exciting updates from the 5.3 release of Zebra BI Tables have received an upgrade. The comment markers are now also dynamic. In practice, this means that you can move the marker from one column to another. Changing the placement also updates the comment value in the comment box.

Result? Full flexibility over which column is explained by the comment. This gives even better visibility to your reports. Could it get any better? 🤩

Scenario notation

The flexibility of a chart is essential to fully match the needs of a designer or end-user. We got you. The single-measure waterfall chart has just received a major upgrade. You can now apply patterns for scenario design settings to the elements on the chart.

To do that simply right-click on the respective x-axis element (category) and mark it as a Result. Then, right-click again and choose the appropriate Scenario pattern option.

Color-coding of the legend

You do not have to worry anymore about the legibility of the legend when you apply custom colors or use black color as a chart’s background.

From now on, the legend entry is the same color as the lines or columns, depending on the chart type. How to do that:

  • Under design settings choose Custom
  • Under more colors apply the custom colors for Previous Year, Forecast, or Plan.
  • Under the legend settings toggle on the “Use colored legend names” feature.

Multiple plan notation

Displaying multiple plans with one table is one of the biggest advantages of your reports. It lets you stay agile, and it helps you adapt more quickly if the circumstances change.

To improve the user experience and make your reports more actionable, you can now also separate different plans. Each value is marked with a different notation following the IBCS guidelines. The report is clearer, and it shortens the action distance even further. 🎉

Year-to-date value for KPIs

To completely understand the performance of the first five months of the year, you cannot compare it to the total value. Instead, you would want to compare it with the same period in the previous year. That is the only way to put data into the right perspective and make the right business decision.

Discover the feature that allows you to display the year-to-date (YTD) value for each of your KPIs. You will always know if a KPI is performing better or worse than it did in the same previous period. And the best part? It is just one click away! 🎯

Other Improvements

Zebra BI Tables 5.4

  • You can now distinguish more clearly between different waterfall charts in the tooltip. Choose from the Waterfall chart or Calculation waterfall chart.
  • We re-enabled the option to display a text for the empty cells.
  • We renamed the existing settings: "Apply patterns" to "Apply scenario patterns" and "Scenario" to "Scenario patterns".

Zebra BI Charts 5.4

  • There is a new setting called the Interactive comment box. It enables you to toggle between benefiting from the interactivity of the feature (changing placement, choosing the best variance, etc.) or turning these settings off if you prefer to do so.
  • In this version we supported further data label density options: High, Medium, and Low, so you can decide what is the best fit for your chart.
  • In small multiples, all comments get displayed even if multiple groups are used.

Zebra BI Cards 1.2

  • Interactive settings allow the report designer to control which interactions are allowed to the end-user once the report is published. 
  • Users can now navigate from the previous card to the next card directly in the focus mode with just one click on the icon.
  • New separate decimal number settings for absolute (actuals and absolute variance) and relative (relative variance) numbers.
See full changelog

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 will be updated via Microsoft's AppSource marketplace automatically once processed. Expected release dates according to the Microsoft Power BI team:

  • Zebra BI Cards 1.2: June 8, 2022
  • Zebra BI Tables 5.2: June 8, 2022
  • Zebra BI Charts 5.2: June 8, 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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