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November 2022 (7 items) – 35 total – 1.5.15

Dropdown filter – Text field – added option to set a custom default value

We have added an option to the Dropdown filter component for text fields so that it allows you to specify a custom default value from a list.

SharePoint connector – exclude folders by default

We have added a new setting to SharePoint connectors called Exclude folders.  When enabled, the data source should return list items only, folders are skipped.

Grid – Option to change the location (order) of the context menu column

A context menu appears if we enable the editing or deleting on the grid. If one of those options is enabled you will see a new setting control called Context Menu Order, with default value 2. This is a numeric control with min value of 1. If it is set to 0 it means hide the context menu column.

See app usage dialogue

We have added a sites used count similar to the dashboard count aggregate so you know how many sites you are using.

 Grid – Option to enable/disable searching on hidden columns

A new setting has been added to the grid component – ‘Search hidden columns’. The default value is set to false. This option only appears Allow searching is enabled.

Grid- Coloring cells based on the value

We have added a feature enabling you to colour cells within a grid based on the value. The option enables you to apply a specific colour to the background depending on the value. You can also add an icon to be displayed depending on the set value.
This new setting is called ‘Pill’.

Accumulation chart – specify the order of elements in a chart

You can now specify the order of elements within charts. In a Pie Chart that groups data by the status of a form: (Pending, Open, Work in progress, Closed) Sintel BI orders the pie chart by quantity. However, in this scenario you will want to maintain the status order.

In order to specify the order of elements in the chart: Dashboard designer → Pie Chart → Settings → Assign Data → Series settings →<series name> – sorting → Add →  Add your data in the order you wish it to appear

When sorting is set for the series, we first show items based on sort settings and then rest (ordered by quantity)

 

 

October 2022

September 2022 (7 items) – 

New “Refresh data” button on dashboards

We have added a button to the top bar on dashboards so that users can refresh data manually if needed.

New data source option (any site in the tenant)

You can now create a data source using any list from any site within the current tenant. This permits you to build dashboards using data stored on other sites.

Sintel App templates now include permissions

When you create an app template you can now include permissions. Both dashboards and navigation entries support permissions so if your app uses custom groups or has permissions applied to dashboards or navigation items using groups, then these can be included in the app template. Any groups required by the app will be created as part of the app import process. This feature makes moving an app from test to production much easier as the import process will create any of the SharePoint groups you need.

Sintel BI App Hub

This new feature enables customers to create an App Hub which is a central location to access all the apps that have been created in their environment. All sites that have Sintel BI added are automatically added to the App Hub and when an app is ready for use it can be published which makes it visible to users. Each app in the App Hub has a configurable title, colour, and icon. Within the App Hub users can search for apps and add specific apps to their favorites. The favoriting mechanism leverages the out-of-the-box favourite sites mechanism available in M365.

Filter component update

The Filter components now display data from lists based on the default list view. If certain items are excluded from the default list view then they won’t appear in the filter components.

Grid control date filtering improvement

Previously when filtering by a date multiple entries could be shown for a date if multiple items contained that date. This has been updated such that only 1 filter option is shown per date i.e. duplicate dates are no longer shown.

New “Show usage” screen

Sintel BI -> Settings -> My License -> Show usage. This new screen will display all the sites in the tenant where Sintel BI is in use including the number of dashboards in each site. The screen permits the user to check all sites to verify if an upgrade is available for them and to update all sites they have access to. The screen is accessible from any site in which Sintel BI is in use which makes it very easy for an admin to upgrade all sites across the environment.

 

August 2022 (3 items) – 1.4.28

Settings – Page redesigned

The settings screen has been redesigned to improve its look and ease of use.

Orphaned Column error message improved

In the case of an orphaned lookup list, an error message is now displayed with the name of the look-up column.

Demo Dashboard

When someone newly installs Sintel BI, a single demo dashboard is included. Users can now view and play around with a preconfigured dashboard to help them understand how the app works. This dashboard is also easily deleted if the user does not need it anymore.

 

July 2022 (4 items) – 1.4.24

Navigation – Multilevel

There is now multilevel navigation so that items can be grouped for users who add multiple links to the navigation.
You now simply add a heading such as ‘dashboards’ and you drop your dashboards under the heading.

When you hover over the heading on the navigation, the dashboard options will then appear.

Navigation – Minimal

You can now enable a compact variation of the navigation menu which only displays the icons.

Navigation – Reorder of creation navigation

When you are creating a dashboard the left navigation menu has been reordered. They are now displayed in the following order: Getting started, Data Sources, Dashboards and all three items can be hidden via the settings page.

Data Source – View/Edit source of a data source

There is a new option to enable users to view and edit data within the data source menu.

June 2022 (2 items)

Navigation – Link Names

Full link names are now displayed when the user hovers over the link on the navigation.

Map Component

We have added two kinds of maps:

Bubble maps – enable the user to visualise quantative values using different-sized bubbles on a map.

Choropleth maps – allow the user to show quantitative values based of of a colour scale.

Hovering over the map sections displayed further details about the data.

 

May 2022 (7 items)

Grid – Remove/ Add all columns

An option has been added to remove/ add all visible columns to a grid in one go. This improves how quickly you can add the right columns to your grid.

Grid – Default columns visible improved

Previously when a user added data to a grid, all columns from the list were added to the grid by default. This created a cluttered default grid. Now the columns visible on the grid are set to a limit of 20 by default, making it easier for the user to pick and choose which columns they want to be visible.

New date formatting for charts 

It is possible to display date columns as values on charts in a few different ways i.e. Year, Month, Day of the week.
A new option was requested and that was to show the date on a char as: “Month, Year” for example “May 2022”.

Data Source storage improvements 

We adjusted how data sources were stored. There is now common storage for data sources such that only a single copy of each data source is stored.

Navigation – Improvements to Hiding 

There is a setting available to hide the left navigation panel. We have made improvements so that the user doesn’t have to refresh the page to see if they have applied this setting.

Dashboard Viewer – Empty Dashboard information

If a dashboard is empty, text and an icon are now displayed to inform the user that nothing has been added to the dashboard.

Dashboard Designer – Refresh data sources option

When we design a dashboard it often happens that we are missing a data source. It is now easier to add a new data source and connect it without a need to refresh the dashboard. Next to the data source dropdown, there is a link to open the data sources screen in a new tab and a button to refresh data sources.

 

March 2022 (5 items)

Grid Component – New delete confirmation modal

When deleting a list item via the grid component a new confirmation modal is shown to confirm the deletion.

 

Filter Component Settings – show only data sources that are used on a dashboard

All of the filter components have the DataSource property and previously all of the data sources were listed. With this update, only those data sources which are assigned to at least one component are listed.

 

Grid – show dates based on the site regional setting

All the dates shown on the grid control now inherit the regional settings of the site in which the grid control is used. The only exception to this is when a user overrides those settings with personal time settings.

 

New Default theme options

We have added a number of default themes to enable customers to quickly change the branding applied to apps built with Sintel BI.

 

Accumulation charts – change the default size of the component

Previously when adding the accumulation chart to a dashboard, it displayed as 4×4 by default, we have changed this default size to 8×8.

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