A post allows 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 and map 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.
To create a post select, New Post in the top right menu.
This will create a new post in whatever account you are currently in. Once the post has been created, click on the top right menu again and select Edit Post to be able to edit it.
Click on the plus icon to add a component and the three dot ellipsis to move the component up or down or to delete it. To edit any component click on the pencil icon next to it.
In the title component, you can edit the title and 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 is visible to only logged in users who share your account. By default all posts are private.
Text components are where you can add narrative to your post. Text can be formatted using markdown, a simple but powerful, markdown language for formatting text.
A simple menu is provided to help you learn markdown.
Images have the ability to convey emotions and feelings in a way that written narratives cannot. To add a photo to your post simply upload it via the image component. Akuko will automatically resize your image to ensure that images load quickly when viewing a post. Using the settings you can add a caption and also adjust the height. You can also adjust the width of the image by clicking on the ellipses on the top right of the photo.
In the future, we will provide support for basic image editing such as image rotation and cropping and a potentially image filters.
Tables allow you to visualize the data from a data source in a tabular format.
After adding a table component, select the Source you want to populate the table. Click on the tables option, to select the columns you want to add to the table. Drag the columns up and down to arrange the columns in the order you want.
Use the Settings tab to give your table a title or caption and the Layout tab to set the default number of rows to show when paginating the table.