Happy November! In Chicago that means the lights are up and the winter holidays are here. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d give an early gift and review one of my favorite new custom visuals for Power BI, Dynamic Tooltip by MAQ Software. Although it is very simple in nature and design, I’ve found it to be extremely useful. Anyone who actively develops reports has probably come up against the issue of real estate. What do I mean by that? Basically, you run out of room on a report page. Even if you are an adopter of the “less is more” theory, between formatting, visual design, and actual content, I often find myself wanting just a little more space. Here is an example: I create this awesome report page packed with tons of cool functionality, but my users are new to Power BI and don’t necessarily know how to use all the visuals effectively. Since I can’t sit down with all of them one-on-one, I want to provide some instructions on how to use the report and the visuals; however, that would take even more room and make everything more cluttered. I have used a couple methods to solve this problem:
- Provide a summary or instruction page at the beginning of the report;
- Embed a “how to” video on a dashboard;
- Send canned email communication to users of the report;
- And the most effective but my least favorite: a text box on the page itself with instructions for that page.