A post allows you to combine different data visualization and narrative components together to tell your story and share key insights with data.
Posts have a title and description and can consist of text, image, table, card, chart, map and other components, in any order. Since each component can be connected to its own data source, it is possible to create posts combining different data sets creating rich data insights. Simple yet powerful filters allow you to filter across components that share sources for interactive data exploration.
Creating a new post is simple. From the space specific home page, click the ellipse, in the top right of the page, and select New post.
Alternatively, you can select New Post from the space’s post tab on the account page.
This will create a post in the space’s account, as shown below, with a title of My new post.
Editing a post will allow you to add or update post components. It is as simple as clicking the ellipses in the top right corner and selecting Edit Post.
Once you have finished editing, you can click the ellipsis button in the right top corner and select Toggle editing.
While editing a post, you can add, edit and move components around. This will allow you to customize your post and tell your personal data story.
To get started, click the plus (+) icon to add a component.
Once the component is added, click the ellipsis to move the component up or down, to move the component, to delete it, or the pencil icon to edit the component. In some cases, the pencil icon may also be next to the ellipses.
To customize the new post, you will want to edit the title and possibly add a description of the post. You can also set the status of the post to be public or private. A public post allows anyone to see your post without logging in. A private post makes it visible to only logged in users in your space. By default, all posts are private.
Edit the title component by clicking the pencil icon. A side panel with different options will appear.
You can also hide the post title, if you don’t want a post title by toggling the hide post title. If you would like to attach tags to this specific post, add the tag in the Tag text box. You can also add an image by selecting the file from your local machine and clicking Upload.
The layout component allows you to add subsections to your post and add multiple components in one row allowing you to further customize your post and better tell your data story.
You can add a subsection heading and a caption from the Title section.
You can change the layout of the subsection - adding a background, layout border, layout shadow and layout organization - from the Layout tab.
Text components allow you to add a narrative to your post. Text can be formatted using markdown, a simple but powerful language for formatting text from the editing mode.
Images can convey emotions and feelings in a way that written narratives cannot. Once you have added an image component, edit the component to add an image and customize it.
Akuko will automatically resize the image to ensure images load quickly while viewing a post. You can also add a caption and adjust the height.
From the post, you can change the size of the image by clicking on the ellipses in the upper right corner of the image.
In the future, we would like to provide support for basic image editing, such as image rotation, cropping and potentially image filters.