Release notes

Version 21.9.1111

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to remove document metadata directly from the Email window
  • Error bars are now supported on Stacked Column charts

 

Version 21.9.1099

New features:

  • Added support for CAGR on Line charts
  • Added support for percent indicator and series labels for Mekko charts
  • Added support for date axis on Area and Area 100% charts
  • Now it’s possible to write custom text within the scales on Gantt (e.g. modifying or appending text to the year or week numbers)
  • Added option to Save/Email a Word document as ‘PDF with markup’ (i.e. with change tracking annotations and comments) in the Save As and Email windows

Improvements:

  • Lots of performance improvements for Ampler Charts
  • Improved UX of dragging the major unit on axes with axis breaks
  • Copying multiple Ampler Charts and regular Office shapes together will now select all of the newly copied elements
  • Fixed edge case issue where creating an Ampler Chart on top of a shape would show parts of the Ampler Chart behind the shape
  • Further reduced number of HTTP requests performed by Library related operations

 

Version 21.8.1077

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to transpose the Ampler Charts datasheet view (i.e. such that Categories are interpreted row-by-row and Series are interpreted column-by-column). This feature is accessible through the ‘Transpose sheet’ button inside the datasheet.
  • The default datasheet view when creating new horizontal charts is now transposed, such that the datasheet view better reflects the visual appearance of the chart.
  • Added support for other addins to interact with Ampler Charts through the Ampler.Interop NuGet package. This API can be consumed by other addins to achieve better interoperability with Ampler, e.g. in formatting and arrange scenarios.

Improvements:

  • Improved table layouts to better handle the case where a table has a special last row or a special last column. Also bullet formatting inside cells are now better handled.
  • Improved Save/Email feature in Word such that Headers and Footers are kept when only saving/emailing a subset of the document
  • Bar labels in Gantt charts can now be placed in the center of a Bar
  • Now it’s possible to override the automatic label font coloring in Ampler Charts to force a specific label font color. Users can also revert to automatic label font coloring by clicking on the ‘Reset to automatic color’ in the font menu dropdown for a label.
  • Fixed edge case issue where axis breaks would be placed wrong on Waterfall charts with negative values
  • Improved the scenario of changing the chart type from Stacked to Stacked 100 and vice versa
  • Improved such that users can now configure Library settings, Chart themes, and Chart layouts when running in Charts only mode

 

Version 21.7.1047

New features:

  • Now it’s possible in the Save and Email windows to save/email as PPTX and PDF simultaneously.

 

Version 21.6.1041

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to select multiple elements across charts, e.g. to set the Doughnut hole size on two Doughnut charts, or format multiple series with the same color.

Improvements:

  • Improved dragging of multiple activities simultaneously on Gantt
  • Applying a Chart theme will now apply on all selected charts
  • Improved the Scan & Fix rules related to placeholders such that they work on all types of placeholders

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case issue where inserting elements with very long file names from Library would fail

 

Version 21.6.1029

New features:

  • Added personal setting to automatically show Library panel when Office starts. This feature is accessible from within Personal Settings > Library
  • Added support for having agenda layouts in different resolutions (4:3, 16:9, etc.)

Improvements:

  • Improved such that Library better maintains its view state when switching between popped in/out mode
  • Improved such that Ampler Charts doesn’t interfere with the built-in scroll bars when zooming in
  • Improved ‘Use Excel fill color’ such that it better handles if points have different fill colors in the datasheet

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed issue in Library where search results would sometimes show up twice
  • Fixed issue where ‘Reset slide’ would not work when clicked on through built-in PowerPoint slide right menu
  • Fixed issue where clicking ‘Open datasheet’ on a linked Ampler Chart (both through right-click menu and Links panel) would not always open the linked workbook
  • Fixed CAGR drag anchors not always working
  • Fixed bracket on Gantt not always being positioned correctly
  • Fixed issue where Ampler Charts would force a fill color on labels in Gantt
  • Fixed issue where milestones could collapse into a line

 

Version 21.6.1026

New features:

  • Legend markers are now sized according to the font size of the corresponding legend entry labels

Improvements:

  • Fixed positioning issue if a label was rotated and placed in a custom position
  • Greatly reduced addin startup time
  • Fixed edge case issue where opening Excel while the Ampler Charts datasheet was open would cause Excel to show up with reduced functionality

 

Version 21.6.1020

New features:

  • Added support for having dates on the category axis in Ampler Charts
  • Added support for entering custom date formats on regular charts and Gantt charts
  • Improved datasheet performance and general Charts performance
  • Improved support for having many data points in the datasheet
  • Added support for specifying a custom time unit for CAGR arrows, series CAGRs and legend CAGRs
  • Improved performance and robustness of linking – both in Ampler Charts and in general
  • Improved Link scanner such that it now also finds linked Ampler Charts and linked workbooks. Also linked file paths are now shown.
  • Vastly reduced number of HTTP requests performed by Library related operations
  • Now it is possible to control how often Ampler synchronizes Library content for offline access
  • Now it is possible to customize Library search filters on the personal and company level
  • Added new buttons that act as shortcuts for quickly applying search filters
  • Now it is possible to define folders that should ‘use original position’, i.e. content inserted from these folders will retain their original position when saved into Library. This is accessible through Company Settings > Company Library.
  • Now it is possible to control whether a slide element in Library is enabled or disabled for linking. This is accessible through the right click menu on slides in Library.

Improvements:

  • Made it easier to set smoothness for multiple series on Line charts
  • Added more outline weight options to Outline dropdown menu
  • Added more number format options for segment labels on certain chart types

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case issue where certain windows (Margins, Format Picker, etc.) could spawn outside of the visible screen area
  • Fixed edge case issue where CAGR and other growth arrows would calculate wrong on Waterfall charts
  • Fixed edge case issue where setting ‘No outline’ on y-axis could cause tick labels to become detached
  • Fixed edge case issue where total labels would be placed wrong
  • Fixed edge case issue where left menus in Ampler Charts would not close automatically

 

Version 21.5.992

New features:

  • Now it is possible to show segment labels with mixed content, e.g. ‘Percentage (Absolute)’

Improvements:

  • Improved focus issue in font dropdown in left menus in Ampler Charts
  • Double clicking on a chart will now open the datasheet again

 

Version 21.4.946

New features:

  • Now it’s possible to save Table Layouts in Library. You can create new tables from a Table Layout or apply on existing tables. Adding a table shape to Library will automatically save it as a Table Layout.
  • Added new option in Company Settings to specify that Scan & Fix should always treat theme colors as brand compliant.

Improvements:

  • Improved font dropdown in left menus in Ampler Charts
  • Improved handling of number formatting in Ampler Charts when using a custom decimal and thousand separator
  • Improved New window UI to better handle when multiple variants of a slide master exist in Library
  • Improved keyboard navigation in Library

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case bug related to datasheet occuring only in Office 2016

 

Version 21.4.940

New features:

  • Added ‘Layout Cleaner’ feature to easily remove incompliant slide layouts.
  • Added ‘Fix bullets’ feature that turn bullets into standard format.
  • Now it is possible to apply a presentation template to only selected slides. This feature is accessible through the ‘New’ window.

Improvements:

  • Improved Clean: improved removal of 3D effects, ribbon button is now a splitbutton such that shortcuts can be set to individual menu items.
  • Improved Stickers: improved behavior when inserting multiple stickers on a single slide, added features to easily delete all stickers in presentation or selected slides.
  • Format Picker: ‘size’ checkbox is now two separate checkboxes: ‘height’ and ‘width’, improved button icon, applying height or width now disables ‘Keep aspect ratio’ on target shapes.
  • Added ‘Apply presentation template’ button to right click menu in Library.
  • Added option in Scan & Fix settings to set a preferred color for the existing ‘Bolded text color’ rule.
  • Added large icon for the ‘Pickup size and position’ and ‘Pickup style’ buttons.
  • Inserting a built-in chart layout when a placeholder is selected now respects the selected placeholder’s dimensions.
  • Improved Library navigation performance.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed edge case bugs in ‘Placeholder position’ rule.
  • Fixed edge case bugs in ‘Inconsistent bullet style’ rule.
  • Fixed edge case bugs when inserting a table from Library.

 

Version 21.4.934

New features:

  • Added feature to share Library Source via email. Right click on Library source > ‘Share folder’ to access this feature.
  • It is now possible to customize Library Search Filters from within Company Settings.
  • The last modification time of Library elements can now be viewed in the Metadata editor.
  • Chart width is now extended when more categories are added to a Column or Waterfall chart.

Improvements:

  • Improved UX in Library window: better display of search results, added possibility to multi-select elements, fixed edge case alignment issues of elements.
  • Improved how custom placement of Chart labels work when resizing a Chart.
  • X-axis on Line charts now crosses the Y-axis at 0.
  • Fixed certain toolbar dropdowns not always being ordered alphabetically.

Bug fixes:

  • Added fix for timeouts occuring in edge cases when connected to SharePoint.

 

Version 21.3.916

New features:

  • Added new feature that enables splitting a shape into a grid. The button is available in the ‘Multiply or replicate dropdown’

Improvements:

  • Selecting a placeholder on the slide and then inserting a Chart or Table shape from Library will now insert into the selected placeholder. It already behaved that way for images, but now it also works for Charts and Tables.
  • When inserting images from Library, Ampler will now use the original image file name as the shape name for the inserted shape, such that it is easily recognizable in the Selection Pane.
  • The Language button now also sets the language in built-in Office Charts and Axis Titles.
  • Added the theme’s Custom Colors (if they exist in the theme of current presentation) to the ‘Color pane’ taskpane. Also optimized the layout and margins for better utilization of available screen space.
  • Added popup message when saving multiple shapes and slides, such that the user can now choose to save multiple shapes as a single Library element or as multiple individual Library elements.
  • Added confirmation dialog that enables overwriting existing elements when adding shapes, slides or stickers to Library and an existing element in Library with the same name already exists.
  • When typing in the Gantt datasheet, Ampler will now autofill the element type to the first in the dropdown list.
  • Improved the Chart Theme Designer such that formatting of all chart decorators can be controlled when setting up a Chart Theme.
  • Improved handling of setting date ranges in Gantt such that setting start after end and vice versa responds more intuitively.
  • Added drag & drop handles such that it is easier to control the height of Gantt elements and activities.
  • It is now supported to set a default Chart Layout and Chart Theme for Gantt charts.
  • The position of a Value Line is now changed when editing the number inside the value line label shape.

Bug fixes:

  • Fixed memory leak in the ‘Import from files’ functionality, which could previously cause a degraded import-experience over time in the same PowerPoint session.

 

Version 21.3.892

New features:

  • Level differences are now supported on Area and Line charts
  • Made it possible to change from Pie & Doughnut to other chart types: Stacked, Area, Line
  • Scatter & Bubble charts now support changing the position of the x-axis
  • Now it’s possible to choose the position of the ‘Other series’
  • Font color in growth bubbles now adapt based on background fill color

Improvements:

  • Improved interoperability with Office (works better with built-in buttons, and more)
  • Improved icons related to axis features
  • Improved undo functionality
  • Improved performance of several operations (changing chart type, axis breaks, category gaps, and more)
  • Improved selection behavior
  • Improved drag behavior on Pie & Doughnut
  • Added more shortcuts to Gantt
  • Added more ways to show/hide category labels on x-axis
  • Changing language in Gantt now also translates column label texts: ‘Activity’, ‘Responsible’, ‘Comment’

 

Version 21.2.852

New features:

  • Added support for linking axes across Charts
  • Added new buttons to the Chart datasheet: toggle percentage formatting, flip rows/columns, clear formatting, transpose, and more
  • Added option to disable/enable Ampler Charts from within dropdown

Improvements:

  • Improved compatibility with older Office versions
  • Improved conversion from non-Ampler charts to Ampler Charts
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