There is an old adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. While we can naturally assess data more easily if it is presented in the correct visual format, pictures and images in reports add a style that add recognition to data. Consider the use of KPIs (KPIs were addressed in the Creating and using Key Performance Indicators recipe in Chapter 3, Advanced Browsing Features) that visually display performance. On seeing a set of KPIs, we can immediately assess the position.
Images are an attractive inclusion in reports because they are visually appealing and improve user understanding. This is because an image is immediately identifiable as a symbol—it holds a predetermined meaning for the user.
This recipe looks at what the tabular model requires for displaying data as images in Power View.
This recipe uses the
Sales Model 2013.xlsx workbook available from the online content. There is no dependency on prior recipes.