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Zebra BI for Power BI – March 2022 Update

The first month of Spring is bringing some exciting news to the Zebra BI visuals. We’re happy to announce that the Zebra BI Cards visual has successfully passed the rigorous testing and is officially Microsoft certified! Combined with the 5.3 update of the Zebra BI Tables and Charts visuals which are bringing more flexibility and control over the dynamic comment box and other improvements, you can now take your reports to the next level.
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:
(0:06) - Intro to March 2022 Release
(00:43) - Dynamic comment box upgrade 
(03:46) - Zebra BI Cards visual is PBI certified
(04:22) - Improved marker sizing
(05:06) - Improved Top N in focus mode
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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? 🎉

Zebra BI Cards visual is PBI certified!

The cherry on top of the Zebra BI Cards visual that we released in December is for sure the Microsoft certification. It means that the visual is compliant with the highest security standards as it passed the rigorous testing done by Microsoft! 🎉

Besides that, the certified visuals also give some other benefits to the users, like exporting your reports to PDF or PPT, subscribing end-users to receive frequent updates and unlimited use of all functionalities.

Learn more about the certification here.

Control Dynamic comments 

What is better than having the option of using dynamic comments to explain the further context behind your data? Having the possibility to adjust and control the width is one way to improve it. 😎

In Zebra BI Charts and Tables visuals version 5.3, you can now do both. To adjust the width of the comment box, simply hover over the line separating it from the visuals and simply drag and drop to make it bigger or smaller. 

The dynamic comments have just become even more flexible and insightful than before! 🥳

Custom Dynamic comments

Having more control over this functionality is great but being able to customize all elements in a comment box is an additional bonus. And we’re all for it.

In the settings, you can adjust the information displayed in the title, either turn it off, display just the title or add also the values and variances where you can switch between relative, absolute, or both types. For further customization, you can also control the variance icons where you can choose from a triangle, circle, or circle with arrows.

How to top that? You can set all these settings also directly on the visual by clicking on the elements. This way you have complete control to tailor the comment box based on your needs. 💪 

Design Dynamic comments

Have you ever thought how awesome it would be if you could switch the placement of the comment box? Now, this can be your reality with the Zebra BI Charts and Tables visual!

Under the Settings, you can define the placement of the comment box, so it fits your needs best. Additionally, you can set the padding, listing, and gap between comments. Furthermore, you can also apply a background color, a shadow, or define the border width, color, or radius and set a custom title and text fonts.

This adds the one missing piece to align the commenting functionality with your company branding. Pretty awesome 😎

Improved marker size

It’s not the best user experience when you want to change the size of the visual but the markers on the chart don’t adapt to the change. We solved that with the Zebra BI Charts 5.3 release. 

The marker sizing is now consistent regardless of the changes of the size on the visual. If you prefer to keep the marker size the same no matter the size of the visual, you can do that in the Design settings under the Reference marker size. Switch to the Fixed-size and define the size that suits you best.  

Top N in Focus mode

We all love the Top N functionality as it makes our reports much more clear, concise, and actionable. That’s why we also added it to the focus mode now!

You can access the Top N functionality in a table by clicking on the category name. When you turn it on, you will see 2 different options, one for the Edit mode and one for the Focus mode. Since you want to get more detailed information when you put certain information in focus, you can choose more categories than in the edit mode where you want to keep your reports as understandable for the end-user as possible.

Other Improvements

Zebra BI Tables 5.3

  • Added option to expand Top N rows in focus mode.
  • Corrected the display of Tables in MS Teams (desktop).
  • Resolved the issue causing Tables to be zoomed in/scaled up when exiting Formula editor after adding or deleting a formula.

Zebra BI Charts 5.3

  • Optimized the visibility of legend in waterfall charts.
  • Improved the display of the last label in waterfall charts by preventing it from overlapping with the total label.
  • Improved the drill-down functionality past the second category when Top N is on.

Zebra BI Cards 1.1

  • Bookmarks can now save the state of quick layout (custom or row), card type, suppress chart option, axis break, and show variance setting.
  • Increased the performance of the visual by optimizing rendering events.
  • Cards work properly in Power BI for MS Teams.
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 1.1: March 9, 2022
  • Zebra BI Tables 5.2: Currently being deployed
  • Zebra BI Charts 5.2: Currently being deployed

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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