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A run-through the new features in the August update of Power BI Desktop
Part one of a nine-part series of blogs

This is a bigger update than most, largely because it includes two major new features emerging from preview (report themes and desktop Q&A), but it's the export to PDF feature which really catches the eye.

  1. New features in the August 2018 update of Power BI (this blog)
  2. Exporting a report to PDF
  3. Report Themes
  4. Q and A improved and incorporated within Power BI Desktop
  5. Conditional formatting by field values
  6. Bookmark groups
  7. Showing slicer choices in the header - filter restatement
  8. Ability to change the categories of measures
  9. Summary of features still waiting in preview

For a cumulative list of all of the updates to Power BI Desktop since November 2016 see this blog, or have a look at the Power BI courses that we run.

Posted by Andy Brown on 14 August 2018

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New features in the August 2018 update of Power BI

It's a bumper list this month!  One of the biggest monthly updates ever sees report themes and desktop Q&A go live, but I've chosen to lead with what for me will change most people's lives - the ability to export reports to PDF.

Change Notes
Export to PDF You can now export reports to PDF, and hence print them!
Report themes These have finally emerged from preview, and allow you to standardise the look and feel of reports.
Q&A This is now available in Power BI Desktop as well as Power BI Service, and is much improved.
Conditional formatting by values You can now use DAX to create colour fields within tables, and use these to colour your table and matrix cells.
Bookmark groups These allow you to collate your bookmarks into easily manageable groups.
Filter restatement for slicers Want to know which choices you've made in a slicer?  Now you can see them in the header.
Measure categories If you want to create a dynamic URL, you can create a measure and tell Power BI that it's a clickable URL.

I haven't included the ability to use Python as a data source (since this is in preview only), and statisticians may feel neglected because I haven't blogged about new DAX functions for Normal and t distributions.

You can see a full list of features still in preview as of August 2018 at the end of this blog.

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