Charticulator Visual

With Microsoft Charticulator visual, you can create a wide range of custom chart designs right within Power BI. If you are new to Charticulator, first learn the basics from Getting Started.

Import the Charticulator Visual

Import from AppSource

Using the “…” menu from the Visualizations pane, select “Get more visuals.” Within AppSource search for “charticulator” and add the visual to Power BI.

Import the Charituclator visual

Import from File

By default, Power BI loads the latest published version of the visual from AppSource. To use a specific version of Charticulator visual available for download, you need to override the AppSource version with a local file version, by following the instruction from the Testing submissions of Power BI visuals page.

In Power BI Desktop, Developer mode is valid for only one session and the Charticulator visual imported from a local file lasts only one session. If you open a new Power BI Desktop instance, you need to you need to import the latest Charticulator visual file again after enabling Developer mode.

A specific version of the Charticulator visual is available at

https://appsource.powerbi.com/charticulator.charticulator58556A88422D44A99D9BF0052B958F87.[VERSION].0.pbiviz. 

Invoke the Charticultor Visual Editor

To use the Charticulator visual editor, you need to add the needed data fields to the Data section in the Visualizations Pane. For a chart with links between glyphs, add the link-related data fields to the Links section, after creating a relationship between two tables. See chart with links for more details.

You may need to remove data summarization or specify sorting order. See tips for using Charticulator in Power BI for additional help.

Add fields to the Data section

To opedn the Charticulator visual editor, select “Edit” in the visual header.

Select Edit

Creating a Chart

You can create charts either from scratch or using a Charticulator template.

Create a chart

If you choose to build from scratch, you’ll land on the empty canvas to start creating your chart.

Empty canvas

If you wish to use an existing Charticulator template, choose “Import template.” Next, browse to where you have your template file stored, and select the file. Then, the Map your data window appears, showing the information (e.g., required data type, example data values) that helps you choose the right data column mapping.

Map your data dialog

After choosing all the appropriate data columns in the dropdown menus, select “Save mapping.” Then, you can see Charticulator has generated the chart ready for editing.

Canvas with the chart for editing

Once you’re done editing the chart design, remember to save your chart before navigating back to report.

Save chart

Exporting a Chart

If you wish to reuse your custom chart design, you can export the chart as a template for later importing. Click export in the top right menu and the template file will be downloaded.

Export chart template