Changelog

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Latest version: 2022.109
Released: 47 days ago
2022-June-27

Version 2022.109

What's new

  • Text editor improvements: The text editor has been improved to automatically wrap text - avoiding paragraphs expanding outside your screen when editing. In addition, it now accounts for paragraph spacing.
  • Process labels in Gantt charts will also automatically wrap if the text is too long to fit inside and adjust the height of the process accordingly.
  • Added the highly requested "Value (%)", "% (Value)", and "Multiple" calculations to Value Jump and Level Difference highlights.
  • Connectors in the Waterfall chart can now be deleted individually.
  • Chevrons can point wherever you want! At least if what you want is up, down, left - or right.
  • Added a bit of smartness when inserting Waterfall charts to ensure better default reading of the data.
  • Added the flag of Greenland and updated aliases in "Flag mapped" for several African countries like the Congos, Ivory Coast, and Eswatini.
  • Series labels have arrived in Stacked Column 100% charts.
  • We've improved the manual update experience a bit, ensuring the update links are always to the latest version (rather than the "next" version), increasing the visibility that you are on an old version, and improving the instructions on how to solve it.

Bug fixes

  • Using dashed lines? Then you were probably bothered when they turned up solid when exporting to native shapes. They won't do that anymore.
  • Ensured the availability of gridlines on all axes, including horizontal ones. Also fixed an issue when the toggled state of the gridline button did not match the actual state.
  • Value jumps in Line charts could occasionally make the chart unresponsive. We've also improved the interaction in certain edge cases with several data points very close or on top of each other.
  • Fixed an issue with inserting a chapter before the first chapter - which did not always work.
  • Dragging a chart series above the waterline indicator in Waterfall charts was broken. It is broken no more.
  • Connecting charts to Excel with smaller ranges that 2x2 will no longer break the object.
  • Entering negative numbers as the column or row size could make the object non-responsive. We don't know what a negatively sized column would look like, but at least it doesn't break the object anymore.
2022-May-23

Version 2022.97

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug where unmapped SharePoint/OneDrive files would loose connection due to incorrect file addresses.
2022-May-11

Version 2022.86

What's new

  • Sub-activities & swimlane separators in Gantt: A much-requested feature, you can now increase indent levels to create sub-activities. In addition, you can separate groups of rows into swimlanes with line separators. Click a row to bring up the Gantt row menu with the new options to get started. We've also refined the re-arrange-interaction and default behavior when inserting new Gantt elements for an even smoother experience👌.
  • Paragraph spacing & line-height: You can now customize paragraph spacing and line-height - which includes adjusting the spacing between items in a bulleted list. In Visual Grids, common options are available directly from the cell menu (left-click to bring it up). For greater control, look for the new section in the "Paragraph style" rule.
  • What was the difference between "styles" and "Templates" in Grunt? We had no good answers, so we've simplified inserting Visual Grids, converting the previously available styles to Templates and adding them to the Template gallery instead.
  • Help & Support resources in the Grunt ribbon have gotten their own little makeover as well.
  • Perhaps you were enjoying inserting large charts and seeing the data labels completely obscure the chart – or perhaps you weren't. In any case, default label visibility is now just a tad smarter.

Bug fixes

  • SharePoint files connected by one user did not always work as expected for other users if the relevant folder was not locally synced.
  • Typed numbers in Visual Grids would occasionally be treated as text instead of numbers, which would mean that graphics could not be displayed. Some might say that was annoying... and we agree!
  • For large chunks of text, the text edit box in Visual Grid would sometimes be tiny, making edits a chunky experience.
  • Font color was not set on character level in a text that contained line breaks.
  • Fixed some cases where the selected font color would not be displayed as selected in the Visual Grid cell menu.
  • Alignment controls in the Visual Grid cell menu did not display as overridden when using text alignment in the Paragraph style rule.
  • Similarly, borders and line rules did not display line style controls as overridden.
  • Fixed a rare bug making inserting new Agenda chapters impossible.
  • The axis reset buttons did not appear in some specific cases. We've specifically told it to always appear.
  • Axis titles could not be added in Line charts with two value axes.
  • Axis breaks did not work for bubble/scatter charts with a percentage axis.
  • Fixed an issue that could make two left-click menus be displayed simultaneously. You can't do two things at once, right?
  • Additional collaboration stability fixes.
2022-April-7

Version 2022.71

Bug fixes

  • We've fixed a bug that prevented logos in the logo rule to be loaded as expected for some users. Now everything should be fine and dandy👌
2022-April-6

Version 2022.61

What's new

  • Save individual slides as templates: We've added the option to save individual slides as templates. Just right-click on any slide, and look for the new item "Save as Grunt template" at the bottom. If you want to add all the slides in a presentation, you can still place files directly in the template source folder, and Grunt will automatically add everything to the library.
  • Template filters: You can now also filter on object types when searching for templates in the gallery. Look for the Filter menu just below the search box.
  • New templates: We've added a few new templates for project managers, like RACI matrices and Status reports.
  • More compact Gantts: We've adjusted the layout engine slightly, enabling more dense and compact Gantt charts.
  • Smarter row insertion in Gantt: Inserting rows is now using the styles of existing rows for a smoother experience.
  • Minor UX improvements in Gantt - like suppressing the row menu when re-arranging and cleaning up some hover effects.
  • Visual Grid now supports committing text and moving to the cell to the right with TAB - just like Excel.
  • We've also added support for CTRL+ENTER for committing to multiple cells simultaneously in Visual Grid - again like Excel.

Bug fixes

  • Improved collaboration stability: Working in the same presentation simultaneously with chart legends could occasionally cause it to disappear. This release fixes this and other smaller issues with collaboration for a more stable experience.
  • Fixed bracket labels in Gantt: A large boo-boo in the last version made labels in brackets impossible to type in. Non-typable labels are about as useful as a glass hammer, so we made them typable again.
  • Labels in Gantt processes could sometimes disappear if the text was longer than the process itself. We've fixed this by ensuring that the text wraps instead.
  • Highlights in charts were missing some of the options in the menu, like label calculations. They're all back in this version.
  • Series labels in charts that run across multiple lines now use the slot position properly to ensure the best text alignment.
  • Axis reset gizmos are back, once again enabling easy resets of Value and Date axes in Charts.
  • Re-arranging multiple rows at once is again possible in Gantt.
2022-March-15

Version 2022.52

What's new

  • Text editing overhaul: We've completely overhauled text editing when editing directly in Visual Grid. The new editor takes rules into account for a more modern and intuitive experience. It also makes it much easier to edit text placed within shapes or next to graphics.
  • Smarter milestone insert: Just as previously added for Gantt processes, the insertion of milestones is smartened-up. It now considers all existing milestone shapes and colors and uses that to help you keep consistent when inserting new ones.
  • Random names and Chapter Titles in Agenda was fun, but separating placeholder text and user-inputted text proved challenging. Thus, we've changed the placeholder text to the boring, but hopefully all the more functional "Responsible" and "Chapter Title".
  • Automatic text color now considers the slide background color when deciding between black and white, making it work significantly better with darker slide designs.

Bugs

  • We've fixed a bug preventing the ability to go directly from editing one text label to another in Agenda.
  • When adding rules to Agenda, the target suggestion will now consider what parts of the object are selected, as it should.
  • We've fixed and improved the ability to edit empty labels in Agenda.
  • Agenda objects can now be "nudged" with the arrow keys.
  • Setting font color from the main Gantt menu is working again.
  • Border rules in Gantt is also fixed and working as expected again.
2022-March-9

Version 2022.50

Hotfix

This version is a minor hotfix version

  • When using multiple Waterfall charts side-by-side in a Visual Grid, you could run into a calculation error where the sum was incorrect. We have fixed this and Grunt now behaves like you expect.
2022-March-9

Version 2022.40

Bug fixes

  • We've improved Excel connections, ensuring more robust closing of Excel when Grunt is done reading or if PowerPoint is shut down while reading.
  • The template gallery window sometimes went outside the screen edge if the resolution was too small or the scale too big. Now, the sizing is more adapted to account for these variations.
  • Expanding selections with Ctrl+A in Agenda now works.
  • The shared positioning of Agendas wasn't updated when snapping to placeholders. Now it does - which is better.
2022-February-19

Version 2022.33

  • Agenda: Please welcome the newest object to the Grunt family - Agenda! Agenda objects ensure consistent content, formatting, and position across all Agendas in a presentation. Colorize the active and inactive chapters as you want and add a responsible label if you need. To rearrange chapters, just move the slides to where you want them, and Grunt will automatically ensure consistent ordering as well. Look for the new Agenda icon in the Grunt ribbon to get started.
  • Level Difference in Waterfall charts: As you would expect - it works pretty much the same as in other chart types. To get started, click the Waterfall chart to bring up the main object menu, and add it from the "Highlights" gallery.
  • New label calculations in Waterfalls: Previously, Grunt would calculate total labels for categories containing negative and positive values separately (creating a "split" sum). By default, Grunt will now summarize the "net" value instead. The "Split" option is still available in the Total label menu.
  • Label editor improvements: We've made a number of improvements and fixes on the label editor in Gantt, like allowing directly going from editing one label to another, and placing the caret where clicked rather than always selecting all text. We've also fixed some issues with the font color that would sometimes become white, even if set to automatic.
  • Value axes labels now inherit number format from the data by default. This means that when using data from Excel, your charts will be slightly more consistent out of the box. Of course, you can still choose the format you want from the value axis label menu.

Bug fixes

  • Sometimes label or object menus could get stuck, requiring a restart of PowerPoint to remove them. Clearly, this was annoying so we fixed it.
  • The level difference highlight would be thrown off-course in area charts with negative values - failing to connect with its from and to points. We threw it back on course.
  • In bar charts with lines, menus were missing an icon adding segment labels.
2022-February-9

Version 2022.23

Bug fixes

  • Grunt did not always disable when disabled in the PowerPoint add-in menu. Hopefully, you won't need it. But if you do, at least it is working again!
2022-January-29

Version 2022.16

What's new

  • Smarter Gantt process insertion: Building on the newly introduced Process Styles, Gantt charts will now consider the styles already used when inserting new processes and match those styles by default. This will save you some hassle and help you to stay consistent.

Bug fixes

  • Text within processes in Gantt would sometimes continue to be displayed, even if the process was moved just outside the range of the Gantt chart. We figured it shouldn't do that.
  • Setting text color to "automatic" wasn't working if set on characters rather than entire labels.
  • We've cleaned up and fixed the "Add blank row/column" button displayed if all rows/columns are deleted in a Visual Grid. It now actually adds a blank row/column.
  • We've done some housekeeping on how we process number formats from Excel, including fixing some rare bugs that could make objects crash with specific, not commonly used formats.
2022-January-15

Version 2022.8

What’s New

  • Template slides: This release introduces the option to add entire slides to the Template Gallery. To get started, add the folder containing the presentation with the desired slides as a source in the Gallery. The slides will appear in the Gallery next to your other templates. We will continue to expand this feature going forward!
  • You can now display negative numbers in (parenthesis). Get started by choosing the "Accounting" format in the number format drop-down in charts, or by using the new "Negative number"-display options in the number format rule. This also enables displaying negative numbers as positive (e.g. the absolute value).
  • It is now possible to copy and paste multiple Grunt objects simultaneously.
  • You can now duplicate brackets in Gantt by holding CTRL and dragging.

Bug fixes

  • The chart legend menu was not behaving nicely, refusing to stay put and respond to font size changes. This is all better now.
  • Rearrangement for columns and activities in Gantt was sometimes behaving strangely and occasionally causing crashes, but should now work as expected.
  • When hiding week-ends in Gantt, the axis adjustment did not account for the hidden days.
  • Label menus in Gantt could sometimes get stuck, and not disappear as they should. We taught it some disappearing tricks.
  • Charts reading number format from Excel would not use that number for calculated labels - like Total labels. This was annoying. So we fixed it.
  • When using several chart rules in a Visual Grid, the category axis settings would sometimes entangle and only allow one of them to be adjusted.
  • Under certain circumstances, very narrow dimensions could break an object. This should not occur anymore.
2022-January-8

Version 2022.5

What’s New

  • Gantt process styles: Process styles in Gantt help you switch between different-looking processes in Gantt faster than ever. Maybe you want some processes with dotted outlines or with different colors? Styles are dynamically created whenever you make changes to your Gantt processes. To get started, click a process to bring up the main process menu. By default, a regular solid and a white dotted are available. Going forward, we will continue to build additional smartness around this to make it even easier and faster to get your preferred, consistent style.

  • Gantt label editor improvements: We've made some improvements to the label editor, like making it easier to find and write text into empty labels.

  • Bubble and scatter charts now support axis breaks.

  • Toggling "Import style" in the Advanced section of the object data connection view will now automatically trigger a data check to fetch those fresh new coats of paint and formatting from Excel.

  • We've made the error messages in Visual grids a bit friendlier. Hopefully, you won't notice this for a while.🤞

Bug fixes

  • Directly right-clicking on rows in Gantt now gives you the appropriate context menu.
  • Some labels in Gauges in Visual grid did not obey label properties set by the rule. We've made them follow orders as they should.
  • Occasionally, text that looked identical for users would not be merged by the merge rule using the "Similar values" option. This should not occur anymore.
  • Fixed: In some rare instances when creating large or graphics-heavy Visual grids, the object could suddenly stop working.
  • The "Style Conditional" rule now takes domains (cells, graphics, etc.) into consideration.
  • Presets for percentage number formats are harmonized across Grunt. It's now consistently written without whitespace between the %-sign and the number.
2022-January-5

Version 2021.282

What’s New

  • Brackets and shades in Gantt: Looking to highlight a period like a holiday in your Gantt chart? You can now add "brackets" with connected "shades" and customize how they should look. For now, brackets can only be placed in the footer row.

  • Empty labels were somewhat hard to find in Gantt previously. We've made them stand out a bit more.

  • You can now select and move columns in Gantt - just as you can with rows. Equality is nice - right?

  • Setting background color on a row in Gantt is often useful, so we added the possibility to do this as well.

  • We've added Stars as milestone shapes.

  • Improved date axis: The date axis is now a better version of itself. We've added the possibility to adjust the start and end date independently from your data and from each other, which is great for those long time series that keep expanding with a Greedy data connection. We've also improved automatic labeling and added support for "Day" as a unit. Finally, you can now control which date granularity "levels" you want to display by clicking the date axis and toggling on/off.

  • Improved value axis: The value axis has also gotten some upgrades. It's now way easier to see if a max or min value is in the automatic or manual mode, and much easier to reset it. Just select the axis, and reset buttons will appear for all settings that are not in an automatic mode.

  • We polished the menus for highlights a bit. They're now looking nice and shiny.

  • What sign (+/-) should a percentage change from a negative to a positive value have? We think + makes the most sense, so we've updated the highlight calculations in charts to reflect this. (For the math heads out there, we now divide by the absolute value).

  • When using markers in line charts, we've noticed that many want the marker color to be the same as the line color. So we added an option in the color picker to "Link color to line", and set this as the new default. You can still choose any color you want though, of course.

Bug fixes

  • Using the column and row resizing menu in Visual Grids was not great if you were connected to an external monitor. Often the menu was a bit of a tease, disappearing just when the mouse was hovering over it. We've taught it some manners and told it to stay put for you.
  • In some rare cases, moving the data editor from one screen to another external screen would trigger a crash. That shouldn't happen, so it doesn't anymore.
  • We improved robustness in file reading from Sharepoint and OneDrive, making it work in some situations where it didn't before.
  • Up till now it has been possible to establish connections to unsaved Excel workbooks. That doesn't make much sense, so we removed that option.
  • When converting Grunts to PPT shapes, we used to add an empty text box for all cells. That' didn't make much sense, so we stopped doing that.
  • Fixed: Highlight arrows sometimes looked bad when converted to PPT shapes.
  • Fixed: Drag-to-duplicate objects with Smart selection On would appear in the wrong position.
  • Fixed: Templates were inserted with the date and number format of the creator, not the user inserting it.
  • Toggling off "Paste as Grunt" would break copy/pasting of existing Grunt objects. It now works as expected, only affecting behavior when copy/pasting ranges from Excel.
  • Fixed: Processes in Gantt would sometimes stack where they weren't supposed to.
  • Fixed: Milestones in Gantt would occasionally skip a day forward or backward when drag-moved.
  • Fixed: Label text boxes in Gantt would be as long as the longest in the column.
  • Right-click on Gantt rows and columns is now working again.
  • Fixed: Level difference connector points were offset when on the left side in line charts.
  • Fixed: In some rare cases for some older charts, the axis titles could not be turned on.
2021-November-9

Version 2021.260

Bug fixes

  • Some Grunts in large files would disappear when the presentation was opened, only to reappear if any changes were made. That was unhelpful. So it no longer does that.
2021-October-30

Version 2021.251

New features

  • Did you know you can rearrange rows and columns in Visual Grids? Many users don't, so we've tweaked the experience - hopefully making it easier to find and use.
  • The "Level Difference" highlight is added to Area stacked, Bar stacked, and Bar clustered.
  • "Value Source" support has been added to the "Fill Conditional Continuous" rule.

Bug fixes

  • Using the column and row resizing mode menu in Visual Grids was not great if you were connected to an external monitor. Often the menu was a bit of a tease, disappearing just when the mouse was hovering over it. We've taught it some manners and told it to stay put for you.
  • The "FirstCategory" and "LastCategory" targets could prevent objects from being properly saved or duplicated - this is now fixed.
  • Some users have struggled to save templates, which kind of defeats the whole purpose of templates. So we took a look at it and fixed the most common problems.
  • We've told hidden value axes and gridlines in charts to stay hidden when converted to native shapes.
  • The "Open Excel file" option in the Data Connection manager now actually opens Excel files again.
  • The main object menu in charts and Gantt was sometimes a bit shy when clicking the edge of the objects. We gave it a confidence boost and told it to appear every time.
  • Text properties set through the main Gantt menu were inconsistent in the menus of the individual labels. We've made them communicate a bit better.
  • "Un-bolding" bold text in Gantt labels is now possible.
  • Text formatting for labels in Gantt is no longer lost when duplicating the object.
  • Rule overrides in the Gantt label menu are now displayed as overridden.
  • Previously, deleting all rows from a Gantt would make the object crash. This is fixed.
  • Toggling highlight labels could sometimes affect the Series labels position. It shouldn't, so it won't anymore.
  • In some rare cases, selecting a row or column in a Visual grid would select two dimensions at once. With this version, we're hoping to push this behavior to extinction.
2021-September-30

Version 2021.224

Bug fixes

  • We've fixed a bug that would sometimes crash Gantt, particularly when working with very small font sizes.
  • Line breaks in labels in Gantt were displayed with too much spacing - this is also fixed.
2021-September-29

Version 2021.219

What's new

  • Gantt chart: We're excited to introduce Gantt charts in Grunt! The Gantt chart let's you create beautiful and professional project plans in seconds. Add processes, milestones, descriptions, responsibles and comments to your plan. Easily customize your look, re-arrange, and make changes as the project progresses. We'll continue to add more features to the Gantt chart going forward.
  • Level difference highlight: This version also adds support for Level difference - a versatile tool for highlighting changes in charts from one segment, category or time period to another. Choose between displaying the change in absolutes or percentages. To get started, bring up the main chart floater and find the "Add highlight"-button. Stacked column, clustered column and line charts are supported initially.

Other new features

  • We've added more than 80 new icons! You'll find them in the Icon rules.
  • The axis break toggle is now disabled when adding it is not possible due to too little space in the chart.
  • "Auxiliaries" (CAGR, Value jump, etc.) in charts are now called "Highlights", just because that's what they do:)

Bug fixes

  • For charts with the value axis turned off by default, the entire chart area was not always properly utilized. This is now fixed.
  • We've fixed a bug where merged cells in Excel would sometimes not contain data when inserted as a Grunt.
  • Fixed a bug where connected Grunts would sometimes loose the connection to Excel due to capitalization differences in the file path.
2021-September-11

Version 2021.208

What's new

  • This is a minor release preparing for the upcoming Gantt chart launch.

Other new features

  • Working with PowerPoint shapes on top of Grunt objects can sometimes be difficult. We've done some additional improvements to make selection easier in this version.
  • The axis title floater has been updated to give a smoother experience.
2021-September-4

Version 2021.203

What's new

  • Performance improvements: Working with Grunt objects is now ~15% faster than previously, making it snappier than ever.
  • Embed a bulk of data connections: Several users have requested the possibility to embed a bulk of data connections at once - like for instance an entire workbook. This is now possible. Go to the data connection manager, and click the three dot overflow menu to find the new option "Embed data".

Other new features

  • Selecting PowerPoint shapes that are on top or behind Grunt object can sometime be difficult. This should be easier in some cases in this version.
  • Series labels will now automatically avoid collisions with the axis by switching to the other side.
  • The axis title floater has been updated to give a smoother experience.
  • Added a couple of new aliases for United Arab Emirates in the "Flag, mapped" rule - like "UAE".
2021-August-21

Version 2021.193

What's new

  • Minor stability improvements and bug fixes: This release contains some minor stability improvements and bug fixes.

Bug fixes

  • Fixed a bug where the Progress bar would get stuck and not disappear.
  • Fixed the chart gridline thickness to be the same as axis line thickness by default.
  • Fixed a bug where the "Workbook not found" message would not appear when trying to get data from a workbook that's not found.
  • Improved error messaging in some cases when data reading from Excel fails.
2021-August-14

Version 2021.188

What's new

  • Collaboration stability: We know many of you collaborate with colleagues on the same presentation. In this release, we've greatly improved collaboration stability while working simultaneously on files are stored on SharePoint or OneDrive.
  • New chart defaults with smarter labels: We cleaned up chart defaults so that your charts look better out of the box. We've also improved the smartness of labels, for instance avoiding showing both segment and total labels when you only have one series.

Other new features

  • To speed up opening PowerPoint files, Grunt will no longer check for new data immediately when the file is opened.
  • Improved progress tracking and refreshed design when checking for new data, or exporting.
  • Modernized design when browsing folders during export.
  • Streamlined context menus that add the option to copy/paste rules.
  • Added a drag-handle to labels in charts that have more than one placement slot to make repositioning easier.
  • Charts now have tooltips showing the exact value when hovering a data point or segment.
  • Added a background color for labels when they're on top of axis breaks, making them easier to read.
  • Several new targets for rules: First row/column, last row/column in Visual grids, and first/last category in charts.
  • Added a couple of new icons representing teams and people.
  • Added link to release notes in Settings -> Update Center.

Bug fixes

  • When deleting things from charts, two key presses was sometimes required - this is now fixed.
  • Fixed a bug when using axis breaks with CAGR, where the CAGR would not account for the axis break.
  • Fixed a bug where the "Set as total" button were not available when values were small.
  • Using logos from local sources was broken, but are now working as expected again.
  • Fixed a bug in Pie/Donut charts where some options were sometimes lacking from the label floaters.
  • We've squashed a bug that made the "Select identical" and "Select same fill" stop working.
  • Fixed a bug where pressing Shift + Arrows would expand the object instead of the the cell selection in Visual Grid.
2021-June-16

Version 2021.160

What's new

  • Template folders and sharing: The Template gallery now has folders, making it easier to organize, find and share templates! To get started with sharing, create a folder on your company's shared directory and add it to the template gallery. Now anyone with folder access can use templates stored there, and add their own.
  • Customizable date & number format: You can now set the default date language and number format (e.g. decimal separator) for all Grunts. Just go to "Settings -> Date & number format" to select your format. We've also made it easy to switch between formats if you create slides in several languages. To change it, right-click the object, and select the one you want from the list of customizable "Quick access" formats.
  • Faster data reading: Building on our big overhaul of the Excel connection, this release speeds up data reading for charts substantially, especially for large data sets. We've also made improvements to the reading speeds for certain particular corner cases for Visual grids.
  • Improved axis breaks: We've greatly improved the axis breaks in charts. Now, axis break height can be manually adjusted by selecting the break and dragging the break height to where you want it. Axis breaks are also now supported anywhere on the value axis. To add one, just click on the axis where you want to add it, and find the axis break toggle in the floater.

Other new features

  • We've improved sticky notes, adapting the default text size to adjust according to the slide size to ensure the text is readable.
  • "Bring to Front" and "Send to back" is now more easily available through the objects context menu.
  • For charts with dates, you can now choose the date format (e.g. do you want to show "Aug", "August" or 08?) in the labels from a drop-down in the label floater.

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a bug where charts with Date axes would draw unsorted data in source order, rather than date order.
  • Exploding pieces of a Pie charts did not work if the Pie had borders - this is now fixed.
  • The hotkey for Tag editor CTRL + T is now working again.
  • We've fixed a bug where the Grunt object resize handles would be out of sync with object itself in certain cases.
2021-May-12

Version 2021.134

What's new

  • Excel connection overhaul: We've completely rebuilt how Grunt reads from Excel, making it faster, more reliable and more robust. We've also improved the user interfaces - it will now be clearer to you what's going with your data connections at any given time.
  • Logo rule: We've added a brand new rule - the Logo rule! When added, this automatically searches the cloud for high quality company logos based on your data and brings them directly into your Grunt. For now, the rule can only be added to Visual Grids.
  • Superscript & subscript: A highly requested feature - you can now format text as superscript or subscript in Visual Grids. Double-click on a cell and enter cell-edit mode to start using it.

Other new features

  • You can now check for new data with hotkeys. Use F9 to check selected objects or slides. Press CTRL + F9 to check all objects.
  • The process of changing ranges for single objects has been simplified. We've removed the "Apply" step completely - changes now occur immediately.
  • We've changed the icon for "New data available" to make it a bit friendlier

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a bug where multiple headers and footers would sort internally when sorting in Visual Grids
  • Increased robustness in reading different OneDrive / Sharepoint library formats
2021-April-28

Version 2021.123

What's new

  • Hide and unhide series: You can now both hide and unhide columns, rows and chart series directly through the data editor - right click columns and rows to find it!
  • Chart series selection: Greatly improved series selection in Charts using Ctrl+Click, allowing you to select many series of parts of series and change their settings
  • Mouse cursors: New mouse cursors when interacting with Charts and the Visual Grid, making it easier to see where you can interact
  • Context menus: Greatly improved look & feel with both new and updated design

Other new features

  • We have made it possible to autofit columns and rows by double-clicking the dividers between them in the Visual Grid and data editor
  • You can now also insert rows and columns after your selections in the Visual Grid and data editor
  • We have harmonized dimension autofit functionality between the Visual Grid and the data editor
  • We've updated the default pie/donut position

Bug fixes

  • Series labels for series on the secondary axis in line charts will now show up with the correct label
  • We've fixed an issue where the Flag map rule was not mapping correctly due to text capitalization
  • An issue with missing auxiliary interaction points in the Visual Grid is now fixed
  • We fixed a bug that made the origo line disappear when a chart only contained negative values
  • A bug where Harvey ball, Gauge and Rating rules would not display data correctly has been fixed
  • Several performance improvements for chart rendering and data reading
2021-April-14

Version 2021.113

What's new

  • Intermediate release version.
2021-March-16

Version 2021.98

What's new

  • Hide and unhide series: You can now both hide and unhide columns, rows and chart series directly through the data editor - right click columns and rows to find it!
  • Chart series selection: Greatly improved series selection in Charts using Ctrl+Click, allowing you to select many series of parts of series and change their settings
  • Mouse cursors: New mouse cursors when interacting with Charts and the Visual Grid, making it easier to see where you can interact

Other new features

  • We have made it possible to autofit columns and rows by double-clicking the dividers between them in the Visual Grid and data editor
  • You can now also insert rows and columns after your selections in the Visual Grid and data editor
  • We have harmonized dimension autofit functionality between the Visual Grid and the data editor

Bug fixes

  • Series labels for series on the secondary axis in line charts will now show up with the correct label
  • We've fixed an issue where the Flag map rule was not mapping correctly due to text capitalization
  • An issue with missing auxiliary interaction points in the Visual Grid is now fixed
2021-March-4

Version 2021.87

What's new

  • We added CAGR and Value Jump for Area and Line charts
  • We've made a fundamental change to how text alignment works when text overflows its container (its cell, its shape etc.). Previously, text would flow right regardless of alignment. Now, the text alignment is respected, even if the text overflows.

Other new features

  • We made some minor updates to chart defaults
  • We removed native format tools from the Grunt tab - if you'd like it back you can turn it back on under Settings

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a bug where chart labels would sometimes show up on the wrong bar if you had empty series
  • Axis breaks would sometimes not work on stacked charts - this is now fixed
  • We fixed an alignment issue for labels in exploded pie and donut charts
  • We fixed some strange clipping behavior for waterfall charts in Visual Grids
2021-February-16

Version 2021.74

What's new

  • We made a few improvements to selection for scatter charts. Going forward, we will put in some effort to improve the selection experience for charts.
  • Better labeling of dates for chart axis.

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a bug where labels would disappear from charts with very large numbers
  • We fixed a bug where label display could not be changed
2021-February-10

Version 2021.68

What's new

  • You can now hide Chart series and categories directly from the data editor. Select one or more rows in the data editor, right-click and press "Hide".
  • We've improved user feedback when you're using a missing font. This makes it easier for you to understand and fix the issue (i.e., install the correct font).
  • Your Grunts will now update colors and fonts when you change the PowerPoint theme or make changes to your slide master

Bug fixes

  • We fixed some minor bugs that affected which functions were available in label floater menus
  • We fixed a rare bug where frequent changes to a setting in a rule didn't continually update the Grunts
  • Added stability improvements to our Excel data connection
2021-January-25

Version 2021.52

What's new

  • You can now use Value Source in charts, meaning that you can e.g. use the Fill rule and Fill conditional rule and set the Value Source to "look at" values from a different series or even the category name. This is a great way to create custom color schemes for your charts!
  • We have added support for currency codes as aliases to show Flags using the Flag Mapped rule (e.g. USD, NOK, SEK etc.)
  • We improved how dates are rendered in Line charts, and we're now displaying more sensible intervals by default.
  • We made several improvements to default label placements in the Visual Grid, particularly when labels are very wide.

Other new features

  • Filters with settings, such as Match text and Match number, will now automatically open everywhere they are applied.
  • We introduced a progress bar during Grunt export, which makes it easier to track its progress
  • In the Visual Grid, you can now copy cells down and right using Ctrl+D and Ctrl+R, just like in Excel
  • Added Value Jump to line charts
  • Added support for borders for bubble, scatter, pie and donut charts
  • You can now reset bubble sizes back to the default size in bubble charts through the "Reset" context menu
  • Several stability improvements

Bug fixes

  • We fixed several bugs when parsing number formats from Excel, which in certain cases led to the wrong number format in Visual grids and charts.
  • Several minor bug fixes
2020-December-8

Version 2020.181

What's new

This is a minor release with a few bug fixes. We have also improved sorting of rules in the QuickFind. This should make it easier to find the best rule when you use the search.

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a rare bug where data changes in one cell of a visual grid could cause changes to another cell.
2020-December-3

Version 2020.176

What's new

We've been working hard on delivering new chart types over the past couple of months – and with this release, we're finally releasing the last two chart types! Grunt now supports Scatter and Bubble charts! 👏

We can't wait to let you test them out, and we'll continue to improve these charts over the coming months.

Other new features

  • Grunt now understands dates better and renders date axes with more reasonable intervals.
  • We've improved the naming of columns and rows when you reference them in charts and rules. We're confident that this will make it easier to select the right column or row.

Bug fixes

We fixed a bug where exporting would not work as intended for various charts. This fix will ensure that the exported charts look identical to the originals. Thanks to all of you who reported this issue 👍

2020-December-3

Version 2020.175

2020-November-18

Version 2020.163

What's new

Today's release does a lot under the hood in terms of performance. New features include

  • Chart label improvements: We made a lot of progress with better chart labeling, especially when it comes to what labels can contain and where they appear. For instance, you can now add series labels to your line charts at more natural places without having to add a legend.
  • Indexed line charts: You can now choose to index line charts so they all begin at the same value - it's really nice when you're comparing several time series.
  • Pixel perfect handles: We made several improvements to selection handles so that they now align much more nicely.

Other new features

  • We added auxiliaries like value jumps and value lines to several charts, including mekko, area and 100% cahrts
  • Support now support the ODS format as a data source.

Bug fixes

  • We found and fixed a memory leak that could make Grunt sluggish after long use with no restarts.
  • We fixed a bug where the value jump bubble could disappear
2020-October-29

Version 2020.149

What's new

Today's release covers several areas of Grunt:

  • Direct selection in Charts: We're introducing a new interaction scheme for Charts, where you can select anything in Grunt Charts directly, without first having to select the chart. It's much quicker, and easier to tell what and when something is being selected!
  • Line chart improvements: We greatly improved interaction with line charts, so that you can more easily select the lines and segments of lines.
  • Pie/Donut rotation: We added rotation for Pie and Donut charts, so that you can change the origin angle.
  • Improved rendering: We made some improvements to rendering of Charts and Visual Grids. We're striving for a pixel perfect result!

Other new features

  • Charts now use your PowerPoint theme colors as default colors.
  • Date axes now "fill out" by default - i.e. line charts will cover the entire chart area, rather than leave a gap on either side.
  • We improved the algorithm that stacks labels on the Category axis so that it looks much nicer when you have long category names that overlap
  • More date presets are now available in Rules that change date and time formats!
  • You can now duplicate rows and columns in Visual Grid that are "unlinked", i.e the data is copied and not shared with the source row and column.
  • When a Font rule dialog is open, you can now press Ctrl+B to toggle bold. It works for italic and underline as well
  • We cleaned up the floaters a bit, making them smaller and tighter.

Bug fixes

  • Fixes multiline paste directly into a single Visual Grid cell.
  • We found and fixed a bug in Grunt's date axis that would sometimes give very strange rendering of line charts.
  • Waterfalls would not render total labels if the value was zero - fixed!
  • We fixed a bug where, in certain cases, sorting would be turned off when you copied a sorted Visual Grid.
  • We fixed some selection bugs in the Visual Grid, where selections would not make sense after row and column deletion and insertion.
2020-October-28

Version 2020.148

2020-October-1

Version 2020.124

What's new

Today's release covers several areas of Grunt:

  • Pie, Donut and Mekko charts: Today we're releasing four new chart types: Pie, Donut, Mekko stacked and Mekko stacked 100% charts!
  • New data editor: We're releasing a new data editor today! It's way faster and easier to use, and looks much nicer! Click the Pencil button above the rule stack or press F3 to try it!
  • Establish Excel connection for charts: In the previous release, we launched a new feature where Visual Grids you'd created inside PowerPoint could be connected to Excel - now you can do the same with charts!

Other new features

  • You can now copy and paste from a PowerPoint table directly into the Visual Grid and into the data editor.
  • Establishing Excel connections for Visual Grid and Charts will now create a Named Range by default. That way you can rename your worksheets without being concerned about breaking the connection to your Grunts.
  • We added an option to use square bullets in the Paragraph style rule
  • You can now click on the edge of a chart to pull up the main floater menu - this is particularly useful in the new Mekko charts, where there might not be much open space to click on.
  • Fill rules now work for CAGR and Value Jump auxiliaries
  • Several changes to the data connection UI, making it cleaner and nicer to use.

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a bug where you would sometimes be prompted to save your Excel file when we opened it in the background to during updating of you charts and Visual Grids
  • Lines are now more easily selectable in combined charts
  • We found some bugs that would in certain cases degrade performance, especially for large Visual Grids. We found a way to optimize it, improving performance by some 20%.
  • We solved a problem where very large images being used in the Image rule could crash PowerPoint in certain cases.
2020-September-25

Version 2020.116

Scoped container on WindowBinder level Clean up Session Enable pasting of SpreadsheetML clipboard data to VG and data editor

2020-September-16

Version 2020.108

What's new

Today's release covers several areas of Grunt:

  • Greedy data reading strategies: Greedy reading grows the data connection range as you add data so you don't have to change it all the time - it's great for charts that keep getting new data! Trust us - it's awesome!
  • Establish Excel connection: You can now connect your embedded Visual Grid's to Excel - just click the data connection icon and select the workbook you want to connect to. It really is a fantastic workflow! We'll support this for charts as well shortly.
  • Line chart improvements: We gave the line chart a significant overhaul - it's so much easier to work with now!

Other new features

  • New icons for "Time" in the icon rule
  • New design for the data connection UI
  • Total label button on floater menu for chart series
  • You can now set the fill for CAGRs and Value Jumps using fill rules
  • Improved label placement around axes
2020-September-2

Version 2020.98

What's new

Today's release covers several areas of Grunt:

  • 50% faster data reading: We've worked hard to make data updates from Excel faster, and have managed to shave off about 50% of the time it takes to update data from your Excel files!
  • Calculations everywhere: We now support CAGRs, Value Jumps and Average Lines in all kinds of charts, including Waterfall.
  • New Template gallery: We created an entirely new Template gallery. It's easier to work with, more accurate in terms of what you get when you insert, and will make it much easier for us to introduce new features - more to come!

Other new features

  • You can now choose the calculation method for Value Jumps - either Percent or Value
  • Fixed a bunch of problems using PowerPoint's placeholders when inserting Grunts
  • You can now press Esc to close floater menus in charts
  • Axis breaks! Left click a chart axis and click the Break icon to insert an axis break
  • We improved label colors in Gauges, where we would in certain cases calculate the wrong automatic color

Bug fixes

  • We fixed a bug where the slide index listed for each data connection would sometimes be wrong
  • We solved a problem that would sometimes make the Empty Cells target not work