Episode 118 – September 2019 Power BI Desktop Update
This is episode 118 recorded on September 19th, 2019 where John & Jason walk through the September 2019 Power BI Desktop update, and highlight some important user voice picks.
- Color and text classes in themes
- New default themes
- Personalized visualization pane improvements (preview)
- Custom format strings
- Conditional formatting for more visual formatting options
- Drill through discoverability improvement
- New DAX expressions: REMOVEFILTERS and CONVERT
- PostgreSQL connector enhancements:
- Performance improvements for multi-dimensional models
- Query performance improvements for DirectQuery models
User Voice Picks
Disable or prevent Teams from autocreating App Workspace
Please introduce a global setting to Prevent Teams from creating Power BI App Workspace automatically when creating a new Team. As the new Workspaces are detached from Teams/Groups this should be a setting to prevent the App Workspaces being clotted with empty Workspaces from all our Teams.
Comprehensive theme editor is required for Desktop
Report themes are great. For quite some time we have been able to build JSON file that describe themes. At first they were relatively simple, but have evolved to include theming options for virtually every aspect of a report.
The September 2019 edition of Power BI Desktop introduces a massive number of additions to theming. There are now so many that simple, textual JSON file editing is now impractical. We NEED a graphical theme editor.
Power BI Desktop itself could act as the editor with one simple feature addition. Export current visual settings to a theme file (JSON). With that, Desktop could be used to get things “just so” and then save out the JSON for re-use.