Using Power BI Visuals

The visual is loaded into Power BI like any other visual. The designer needs to define data source values and  the visual's properties as required.

1) Data Sources

The data source can, of course, be a database, a text file or any option that Power BI supports. Once the data have been selected, create a new report based on that data.

 Report with Dataset


2) Import the Animator Visual

Once the data have been prepared and a new report is available in edit mode, click the '...' icon in the Visualizations tab and select 'Get more visuals'. Then search for 'Animator'. Select the 'Animator for Power BI' visual that should be in the list of visuals.

Once the visual is loaded, the Animator Visual icon should be visible at the bottom of the Visualizations.
 Load the Visual

 Loaded Visual


3) Setup the Animator Visual

Click on the icon to load the visual. It will initially show an entry screen with an edit and a help button. Select at least one data item in the Fields section before clicking on the 'Edit' button even if there are no data links required. Power BI needs this to function correctly.  
 Initial Visual View


4) Export Image from the Animator

In the Inovista Animator with the relevant project opened, there are two ways to export the image. Both are done in the Power BI popup which is opened in the 'Image Project -> Export Files' section by clicking 'Power BI Visual'.

In the popup, select the 'Export JSON File' button to export the image as JSON or click the 'Copy' button to copy the image data to the clipboard.

 Initial Visual View


5) Import the Animated Image

There are 2 options available to import the animated image. If the image was exported as a JSON file in the Animator, select the 'Import Animation' button and navigate to the JSON file then select it. To paste the image data that was copied in the Animator, select the 'Paste Animation' button and paste the data on the clipboard directly into the text box. When ready, select the 'OK' button at the bottom to load the image.
 Load JSON

 Paste Image Data


6) Link Data and Set Properties

When the image has been loaded, the variables in that image will listed under the 'Data Field' header. Drag a Power BI data value to each of the fields or drag '<Default>' to the field to use the value defined in the Animator.

Below the data section, the editable properties are found. Their initial values will be the default. Edit any of these as needed.

If tooltips are to be shown, select the checkbox under the 'TTip' column to include that field's data in the tooltip.

 Drag Data and Set Props


7) Run the Visual

When the data values, properties and tooltips(if required) have been set, select the 'OK' button at the bottom of the popup dialog. The functional animation should be visible. If a filter has been created, the animation should run and update every time the filter value is changed.

 Completed Visual


Download Samples

A number of examples are available for download. The samples include Excel data files, Inovista project SVG files, Power BI projects, JSON files containing animated images and in some cases the original SVG files.

Download Samples

Short YouTube Video Tutorial