08-26-2016 14:47 PM - last edited 01-05-2017 17:17 PM
Those working with R know that coluring charts and plots can be a challenge. For that there is RColorBrewer: A package that allow users to easily colour their charts based on the colour principles of the Color Brewer website.
However I found time and again that I would rather user a different colour palette than those included with RColorBrewer. In particular I would like to find an easier way to work with the palettes found in MS Office and Power BI.
After consulting with the author of R Color Brewer, I decided to fork the package for a complete new set of colour palettes, based on those found in MS Office and Power BI. The result is a new package called "Redmonder".
Dear Redmonder author,
The Redmonder R package is very important for the integration of R in PBI.
In order to achieve maximal exposure, is it possible to get PBIX with samples of visuals and/or R code ?
I am glad that you find it useful.
If I get enough interest form the commmunity, then by all means I will make such sample. First I think the most important thing would be to make the package available at CRAN (the R packages repository).
EDIT/UPDATE: I started the process of submiting Redmonder to the CRAN repository.
I'd be quite honest with you. I would rather Microsoft give users the ability to upload any package they want to PowerBI.com than having them benefiting my package.
I do believe that the ability to import any package is possible (Microsoft did this for Azure Machine Learning) and I even made a suggestion here.
In fairness unless the R support in Power BI allow for us to use any sort of package we want, then I don't see it taking off (it would be no more than a gimmick). At the moment I tend to use R more in custom reports and web pages, which combines with other BI tools (e.g. Excel reports in SharePoint, Power BI and Tableau). This is where I use Redmonder A LOT.
That is so nice to 'hear'! I am glad you lads found it useful! I hope it makes it easier for the PBI community to adopt R into their Power BI reports and dashboards. R support is my favourite functionality of Power BI!
Looking forward to see it (and all other neat features) into Power BI Embedded