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Power BI Desktop now lets you create stunning mobile reports with updated mobile authoring

Power BI Mobile Reports

The Microsoft Power BI recently picked an update with some new features for consumers.

With this update, Microsoft also introduced many new capabilities for report creators in Power BI Desktop June release that lets report creators to create report layouts optimized for phones.

Creators could select just those visuals best suited to mobile devices and place them in a portrait layout which would then become the default layout of the report when viewed on a phone. Users who still wanted to view the full page could hold their phone in landscape orientation and get the same layout they see in their desktop browser.


What is New

New phone emulator and canvas grid

Many of you asked for more flexibility in resizing and placing visuals. You asked to be able to add spaces between visuals, and for text visuals to take less space. You also asked to be able to add more visuals to your pages. As a result, we have updated the phone emulator to support your wishes:

  • The phone emulator now represents modern devices.
  • The old grid has been replaced with a fine-grained grid. Every square of the old grid is now divided into nine smaller squares, giving you more flexibility in placing and resizing visuals.
  • The new grid is longer, enabling you to add more visuals to the page.

Updated visualization pane

To design mobile optimized reports that display the right amount of data, you need to choose the appropriate visuals from the visualization pane. With the updated visualization pane, it is now easier to choose the right visuals.

  • You can find your desired visual by looking for its name.
  • A new visibility indicator allows you to differentiate between hidden and shown visuals.

Overlaid visuals

Overlaying makes it possible to build finer, interactive reports. The ability to place one visual on top of another opens up limitless design options. You can place a visual on top of an image to get a more refined and better looking report, or you can use the show/hide option together with bookmarks to create a truly interactive report. Up until now, all these design possibilities were difficult to realize in mobile-optimized reports. Today, the ability to overlay visuals makes it possible for you to use the same design techniques you use in web layout to create beautiful, interactive, mobile-optimized reports.

  • Overlaying visuals on top of an image.

  • Interactive report using overlaying visuals and action buttons.

To start creating amazing mobile-optimized reports go to View > Mobile layout in Power BI Desktop, and drag and drop your visuals onto the canvas.

Note: We’re starting to roll out an equivalent mobile authoring experience in the Power BI service this week. It should be available to all users about a week after the Power BI Desktop June release.


Source: Microsoft

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