We’re always on the lookout for tools and visualsto help us tell the business intelligence story. We recently came across a Play Axis (Dynamic Slicer) and thought it time for review of another Power BI Custom Visual – Play Axis.
In essence, Play Axis is an autonomous slicer that, when enabled, runs through your chosen data field chronologically, and interacts with/slices your other visual components, making it ideal for a stand alone / background reporting. Play Axis describes itself as “perfect to show your reports without having to click every time you want to change the values of a filter, being ideal to use on wall displays”.
Speaking from experience, we have recently developed some week on week room utilisation reports for a local healthcare economy, and understand the need to tell a story when presenting larger groups or boards. We can see immediate benefits that a component like Play Axis could offer both us and the Power BI community.
Whilst it contains the standard Power BI customisable settings (Title, Background, Lock Aspect, General and Border), Play Axis allows you to adjust the animation settings to suit your report (Auto Start and Loop (the data cycle)). This means you can micro adjust the length of time on each ‘field’ value (in our test we used week number) by manually adjusting the milliseconds either higher or lower (1000 milliseconds equals 1 second). You are able to adjust the colour of the buttons to suit your theme and even align the caption (‘field’ value) – although this feature is a little confusing at this time as the three alignment options (left, centre and right) only align it within its placement (i.e. the caption is fixed to the right of the controls and aligns the value accordingly within the space).
In all, as a Power BI Custom Visual – Play Axis should be in any Business Intelligence analysis “go to” box.
Sadly we don’t have a working example to show you this time, we have found a useful YouTube video detailing the features of this component.
To download and try Play Axis (Dynamic Slicer) for yourself, click here.