Build Dynamic Text

Dynamic text is user-built data-driven text that is linked to a data discovery. The text includes dynamic PQL or MDX functions in order to obtain and display the required information.

Dynamic text is constructed in the Dynamic Text Editor in Illustrate, Present, or Publish. Dynamic text is added to presentations and publications; when rendered, the dynamic text shows the current data-driven values of the given dynamic functions.

Dynamic PQL Functions
  • Click here to read about how to configure dynamic PQL functions in Illustrate
  • Click here to review the dynamic PQL functions in Illustrate

Open the Dynamic Text Editor

Dynamic text is configured in the Dynamic Text Editor (purple highlight below). To open the editor:

  1. Add a textbox to the canvas.
  2. With the textbox selected (red highlight below), go to the Text ribbon.
  3. Click the Dynamic Text button (yellow highlight below).

Set Dynamic Text Properties

You have the option to set dynamic properties (yellow highlight below). These properties can be used to show or hide the dynamic text, change its size, or change its rotation.

Set the Actual Value (that is, the value that drives the dynamic text) via the Dynamic Text Editor. The Condition Value can be a given static value, or based on a dynamic formula.

  • Click here to learn about the dynamic text properties.

Navigate the Dynamic Text Editor

From the Dynamic Text Editor:

  1. Open the Content drop-down (orange highlight below), find and select the content you want to base your dynamic text on. You must select a grid from a Discovery or a Visual Area from a Tabulation.
  2. Write your dynamic text expression in the script editor (red highlight).
    • Use the PQL Functions library (yellow highlight) to add SQL expressions to your script.
    • Select the relevant cells from the grid (purple highlight) to populate the given PQL expressions,

Dynamic PQL Functions

The Pyramid Query Language or PQL (pronounced 'Prequel') is a language built into Pyramid's PYRANA engine to allow users to construct queries that can run against the many SQL data stacks that Pyramid can query natively. PQL includes a vast array of operations and functions that allows users to query data and build analytical logic.

The Dynamic Text Editor exposes Dynamic and Common functions. Dynamic functions are a set of specialized method that are designed to act on a given query's result set. Common functions are a set of methods that are found in most programmatic and mathematical function libraries. These functions are used to perform logic on basic data without concern for data structures, context, or even source.

To add a PQL function from the library to the script editor, simply double click on it. You will then need to inject values into the function.

Using the ChatGPT AI-Driven PQL Function

Pyramid's Generative AI integration enables you to use AI to generate scripts and images, dynamic text and infographics, calculations and lists, schedules, colors, and more. This allows you to generate a range of content, including complex code, by simply providing a text prompt.

Use the ChatGPT AI-driven PQL function (from the Common PQL functions) to generate dynamic text in your custom tooltip. While this function cannot tell you about your data set, it can add additional information and background to your presentation or publication.

Warning: AI-generated assets are generated from public domain algorithms, which can produce both erroneous and inconsistent or random results. Use at your own risk.


Using Tabulate for Multiple Source Grids

Users requiring dynamic text from disparate data based on multiple queries can use Tabulate as the source for the dynamic text. Tabulate allows you to blend queries from multiple data sources into a single Tabulation. You must then define a Visual Area that can be used as a single data source for the dynamic text. The Visual Area can then be used as a source for the data grid that the dynamic text is based on.