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Inforiver Analytics+ October 2023 Update – Version 3.1.

by Inforiver | Oct 19, 2023 | , ,

Last month we released our flagship version 3.0, with a new small multiple/trellis architecture and no-code framework with which every chart type can be turned into a new modern ‘Visual Pivot Table’.  

The October update of Inforiver Analytics+ (version 3.1) further enhances the capabilities offered and comes packaged with core enhancements across UI/UX, chart customizations, Trellis, Top N, and various other features to style and elevate your reports.  

We have more exciting things coming soon with Inforiver Analytics+ and you can read about them in our vision and roadmap

Feel welcome to explore the sections that interest you! 

1. New chart types

  1. Data table 
  2. Bullet chart types
  3. Win-loss chart 

2. User experience 

  1. Customization at your fingertips
  2. Data selection 
  3. Sync highlight 
  4. Legend based selection 
  5. Sorting 

3. Chart elements – new features 

  1. Axis configurations 
  2. Expand/collapse for hierarchical axes 
  3. Custom Y-axis title
  4. Deviation 
  5. Legend 

4. Chart design - enhancements 

  1. Waterfall charts 
  2. Variance fill 
  3. Trellis 
  4. Category title customization 
  5. Expand/collapse for Top N ranking 
  6. Marker and axis width 
  7. Data label 

5. Filter context  

1. New chart types  

1.1. Data table 

Introducing the data table – Inforiver Chart’s unique offering that gives you a multi-dimensional, tabular representation of your data in just a few clicks. This feature comes packaged with various settings and customizations that are specific to the data table. E.g., You can adjust the look and feel by choosing from an array of themes; you can set layouts such as grid or scaled table based on your data; you can even opt for synced scrolling for panels to quickly compare your fields across dimensions.  

Data table 

You can easily customize the data table using the on-object interaction menu. Simply click on an element to access the customization options.

on-object interaction

You can also use the column gripper to conveniently access options like sorting, header customizations, disable total row etc.  

column gripper

1.2. Bullet chart types 

The 3.1. release offers 3 new types of bullet charts, giving you a variety of options to efficiently compare your measures against targets. The new charts include  

  • Comparative bullet column 
  • Quantitative bullet column 
  • IBCS bullet column 
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1.3. Win-loss chart 

You can leverage the newly added win-loss chart to gauge performance at a glance. 

Win-loss chart 

2. User experience 

2.1 Customization at your fingertips

The on-object interaction menus provide customizations at your fingertips – offering shortcuts to an array of settings. You can simply click on an object to quickly apply various customizations.  

  • X-axis: With the 3.1. release, the expand collapse feature for hierarchical axes can be set from the on-object interaction menu as well - you can enable or disable the expand/collapse icon.  
  • Y-axis: Scaling and number formatting options have been added to the Y-axis menu. You can now directly set the scaling factor or decimal points to be displayed just by clicking on the y-axis. 
  • Data Labels: From the on-object interaction menu, you can now directly set the value for displaying outliers. Scaling and number formatting options have been added to the data label menu as well. 

 2.2. Data selection 

Inforiver Analytics+ 3.1. offers you new ways to emphasize specific data points: 

  • Lasso: You can use drag selection to analyse a specific range of information, such as the profits generated over the last quarter of the year.  
  • Reverse lasso: Similar to the lasso feature, you can use drag selection to exclude a certain range of data from your analysis. For example, exclude the months with the maximum revenue and focus on the months with low performance. 

The lasso and reverse lasso features can also be used to interact with other visuals. To demonstrate this, we have applied a reverse lasso selection in the chart, which has dynamically been applied to the KPI cards as well.  

Data selection 

2.3. Sync highlight 

You can use the sync highlight option to spotlight a particular selected data point(s) across all panels of the trellis. If sync highlight is enabled, you can choose whether to display hidden data points on selection. Similar to the lasso feature, the sync highlight feature can work in conjunction with other visuals on the same page. 

Sync highlight

2.4. Legend based selection 

Inforiver’s legend-based selection enables you to emphasize data for a particular category. Now, you can use this feature even when there are multiple group parameters.  

Legend based selection

2.5. Sorting 

The Sort feature has been retrofitted with a new UI that enables: 

  • Sorting for each level in the case of hierarchical datasets. 
  • Applying sorting methods for both, row, and column dimensions. 
  • Sorting based on measures/variance/variance percentage. 
  • Using native Power BI, Ascending or Descending sorting. 

3. Chart elements – new features 

3.1Axis configurations 

Expand/collapse for hierarchical axes 

If your reports use hierarchical dimensions as Axis parameters, Inforiver Analytics+ 3.1 gives the ability to expand and collapse the hierarchy. With this feature, you can focus on specific levels of the hierarchy by expanding only those levels. Inforiver Analytics+ supports expand/collapse on rows, columns and axes. 

Axis configurations

You can turn off the Category Grouping setting to disable the expand/collapse feature for hierarchical axis. 


Custom Y-axis title 

If your report contains multiple measures on the y-axis, with the 3.1. release, you can use the title UI to customize the Y-axis title: 

  • You can add a custom title. 
  • You can edit the names of measures used in the title. 

3.2. Deviation 

The deviation feature is now available for cluster column and stacked column charts as well.


If you are using group dimensions in your cluster charts, you can also choose to display the deviation between each group. 


3.3. Legend 

The legend can now display markers used in the chart, making it easier to co-relate the data. You can select the marker style from the dropdown menu. 


4. Chart design - enhancements 

4.1. Waterfall charts 

If your report uses waterfall charts, you can seamlessly switch between a regular waterfall or a continuous waterfall using the Settings > Canvas > Waterfall type option. 

Waterfall charts

4.2. Variance fill  

For variance line and area charts, you can now opt for a ‘line’ fill – a line is rendered at each data point, highlighting the positive and negative variance. To enable this setting, navigate to Settings > Canvas > Variance fill type > select Area or Line from the dropdown. 


4.3. Trellis  

Category title customization 

Inforiver 3.1. allows you to add perspective to the category titles by appending the total or average values. You can also choose to display only the category name. 


Expand/collapse for Top N ranking 

You can now expand or collapse hierarchical charts even when applying Top N + Others rules.  


4.4. Marker and axis width 

When your report requires variance and variance percentage, Inforiver Analytics+ 3.1. allows you to set the size of the marker and semantic axis. 

Marker and axis width 

4.5. Data label  

You can now explicitly show the outliers along with other data points.

Data label  

5. Filter context  

When you enter comments, the visual is not aware of the context - which can be set by a filter or a slicer in the report. In the image below, notice how the comment for ‘Consumer’ segment is still visible even after the segment has been changed to ‘Corporate’. 

Filter context 

With the Inforiver Analytics+ 3.1. release, you can implement context-aware commenting in your Power BI reports in a few clicks. As you apply filters, the comments will change dynamically. Follow the steps below to configure filter-context measures in Inforiver.  

Learn how to implement true, dynamic commentary in Inforiver Matrix that respond to the context set by filters/slicers here

Step 1: Create a Filter-context measure 

There are two ways to do this. One is to write the DAX measure yourself. The second way is to let Inforiver automatically generate the DAX script for you to use. 

a. After creating your chart, navigate to Settings > Others. Click on the gear icon near the Filter context measures property. 


b. Enter the filter categories for which you want to capture the context. You need to provide both the category name and the corresponding table name from the data model. Click on the Generate DAX button. 

Generate DAX button

c. Inforiver will generate the script that you can copy (using the copy icon). 

 copy icon

d. Create the filter context measure using the script. 

 context measure

Step 2: Assign the filter context measure to Inforiver Analytics+ 

Add the measure we created above to the ‘Text Categories’ field. Navigate to Settings > Others. You will be able to select the filter context measure from the dropdown menu. 

Assign the filter

With the above steps, Inforiver will be aware of the filter context. All your annotations will now be tied to this context and updated in response to context changes. Note that this is a beta feature. 

Assign the filter

We'd love to hear your ideas for Inforiver – be it a cool new feature or an improvement on existing features. Visit the Inforiver Community to share your ideas, vote on other submissions, and interact with other users.  

*Inforiver Charts has been renamed to Inforiver Analytics+, a 3-in-1 visual for dashboards and storyboards. It offers 50+ charts, cards, and tables.

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