Last week a new, preview version of Power Query was released to work with the Power BI public preview (John White, whose blog has a lot of good Power BI information, has the details here); today, a new version of Power Map was released too. You can download it here:
Here are some of the new features, in no particular order:
- You can now overlay certain geographical regions onto a map. For example, with the following table in the Excel Data Model:
In Power Map you can create a new layer type of Region and see each country shaded by their sales value:
The Region shapes are sourced from Bing; you can’t upload your own shapes unfortunately. I have no idea what regions Bing does know about, but it clearly knows about English county boundaries (though it doesn’t know about postcode boundaries):
- You now have the option of seeing a ‘Flat Map’. Here’s the map above shown in flattened form:
- You can now control the colours used in a layer:
- You can add annotations with images in:
- You can now record tours from within Power Map and save them to an MP4 file.
- Calculated columns and hidden columns can now be referenced in a layer.
There are plenty of other changes – I’ll update this post if I’ve missed any other major ones – but in addition the app seems smoother and faster, as well as being (slightly) easier to use.