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New Version Of Power Map Available

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Last week a new, preview version of Power Query was released to work with the Power BI public preview (John White, whose blog has a lot of good Power BI information, has the details here); today, a new version of Power Map was released too. You can download it here:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38395

Here are some of the new features, in no particular order:

  • You can now overlay certain geographical regions onto a map. For example, with the following table in the Excel Data Model:
    image

    In Power Map you can create a new layer type of Region and see each country shaded by their sales value:

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    The Region shapes are sourced from Bing; you can’t upload your own shapes unfortunately. I have no idea what regions Bing does know about, but it clearly knows about English county boundaries (though it doesn’t know about postcode boundaries):

    image

  • You now have the option of seeing a ‘Flat Map’. Here’s the map above shown in flattened form:

    image

  • You can now control the colours used in a layer:

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  • You can add annotations with images in:

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  • You can now record tours from within Power Map and save them to an MP4 file.
  • Calculated columns and hidden columns can now be referenced in a layer.

There are plenty of other changes – I’ll update this post if I’ve missed any other major ones – but in addition the app seems smoother and faster, as well as being (slightly) easier to use.

Written by Chris Webb

September 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Posted in Power BI, Power Map

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  1. […] Map: the most recent version is a big improvement, but until we can overlay our own shapes and a few other issues have been […]

  2. […] Map: the most recent version is a big improvement, but until we can overlay our own shapes and a few other issues have been […]

  3. Thank you for MP4 Video saving.

    Kawabata Yoshihiro

    September 16, 2013 at 2:39 pm

  4. With map services like Open Street Maps it is possible to enjoy other features which Bing does not support (yet). E.g. the mentionned post code boundaries.

    Tilo Sommerwerk

    September 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

  5. Hi Chris

    I was wondering if it is possible to use an SSAS Cube Pivot Table as source for Power Map? I didn’t manage to make it use that data. I had to copy it and then PowerMap would recognise the data.
    Would you know anything about that?


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