Power BI Desktop August update adds PDF export feature and bookmark groups

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Details on Microsoft Power BI’s August update have been announced on the official Power BI blog and there’s quite a few features users will appreciate.

The biggest change in the Power BI August update is the new ability to export reports as a PDF file, a feature that was apparently the most-requested in Microsoft’s UserVoice. Other changes include the introduction of bookmark groups, theming being made generally available, improvements to Q & A, and a better experience when viewing content between Power BI Desktop and Power BI Premium.

Here’s the full release notes.


  • Print reports through Export to PDF
  • Create bookmark groups
  • Theming generally available
  • Slicer restatement


  • Conditional formatting by values
  • Python integration (preview)
  • Q&A improvements
  • Q&A in Power BI Desktop generally available
  • Better matching experience for Power BI Desktop and Power BI Premium


  • Data categories for measures
  • Statistical DAX functions

Custom visuals

  • 3AG Systems – Column Chart with Variance
  • Scatter Chart by Akvelon
  • Small Multiples Line Chart
  • Add Natural Language Summaries for BI
  • Pivot Slicer

Data connectivity

  • Spark connector generally available

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