February 2016 Release

In February 2016 Palisade officially released BigPicture 2016 v.1.

Data Cleaning for Data Maps, Linked Maps and Organizational Charts

BigPicture can now check your data sets to find and correct inadvertent misspellings, capitalization differences, spacing issues etc. that would keep your Data Maps, Linked Maps and Organizational Charts from being generated properly.  

Data Cleaning for Data Maps, Linked Maps and Organizational Charts

New Data Map Calculation Options

BigPicture can now calculate a variety of additional statistics on your data, show those statistics in End Tables and display them as rollup calculations in your Data Maps.  (See #1)

You can also calculate multiple statistics on the same column in your data set.  These statistics can be shown in End Tables and displayed as rollup calculations in your Data Maps. (See #2)

New Data Map Calculation Options

Improved Data Map End Tables

Data Map End Tables are not displayed in floating windows as in previous versions of BigPicture, but are in a single task pane to the right.  You can stack and sort multiple tables by selecting the "Display Multiple Tables" option.

Improved Conditional Formatting

BigPicture has improved support for coloring topics with conditional formatting from linked cells. Map topics pick up both conditional format cell colors and conditional formatting icons from linked cells. Data Maps and Organizational Charts can also link to conditional formatting in data. In true BigPicture style, topic color and icons change when the format of linked cells change.

Tags

Tags or text markers can be attached to map topics to describe and group topics.  Tags can have Excel formatting attached to them so topics and connectors that have common tags will be formatted the same.

Improved Marker and Tag Entry

A single dialog now allows you to assign any number of markers to one or more topics at the same time. Similarly, the Tags dialog behaves the same way - providing an easier way to add tags to multiple topics at once.

Improved Marker and Tag Entry

Enhanced Outline Pane

The Outline Pane has been updated to allow you to add topics, delete topics, rearrange topics via drag-drop, and copy/paste topics.  Topics may be grouped by markers or tags in the outline view and markers and tags can be added or removed via the new Outline Pane.

Enhanced Outline Pane

Import from Text Outline to Map

BigPicture can now import a text outline and create a map from it, or export a map to an outline where it can be edited and re-imported.

New Example Files

To help demonstrate some of BigPicture's new features the following Example Spreadsheets have been added to BigPicture. Example Spreadsheets can be accessed via the Help drop down menu. (See #1)

  • Conditional Topic Color with Icons.xlsx
  • Outline to Map.xlsx
  • Simple Org Chart with Conditional Formatting.xlsx
  • Tags and Markers.xlsx

 

New Example Files

A Selection of Significant Fixes

  • Improved the auto-sizing of topics in Data Maps
  • Improved right-click options for Connectors
  • Topic Pane's Picture: Keep Size and Position now saves changes to picture rotation
  • Improved the presentation of text in some non-English dialogs