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September 2021 Power BI Update
Part seven of a seven-part series of blogs

The September 2021 update to Power BI introduces even more features for customising buttons, a Power Automate connector and line chart series labels, along with a few other small changes.

  1. September 2021 Power BI Update
  2. You can use shapes and icons as buttons
  3. Running Power Automate flows from Power BI reports
  4. You can now label line chart series
  5. Suppressing totals on waterfall charts
  6. Changes to DAX
  7. Pictorial histograms using the Graphomate custom visual (this blog)

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Posted by Andy Brown on 28 September 2021

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Pictorial histograms using the Graphomate custom visual

Previously I've blogged about using the Infographic custom visual to create pictograms, but you can also now use the Graphomate Pictograms custom visual:


A graph showing sales by habitat, using owls as a marker.

This blog just shows an outline of how to create the pictogram above, to get you started.

To create a pictogram like this, add the custom visual (obviously you'll need to install it first):

Custom visual properties

Here we're plotting quantity by habitat - the custom visual's icon is also shown.


Now edit it:

Edit custom visual

Click on the three dots in the visual header and choose to edit this visual.


Choose to add an icon:

Adding an icon

Click on the + sign to add an icon.


Choose to add a custom icon:

Custom icon

Click on the icon you've added, then choose Custom.


Type in the URL of an image, and select OK:

Image URL

Type in the website address for your image.


I found the rest of the custom visual reasonably intuitive to learn - I hope you do too! 

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