The StoryCreator is a tool where both the Administrator- and the Report users can perform ad-hoc analyses by slicing and dicing the data and visualize the result in charts. The users can also create complete decks with multiple slides, and multiple charts or tables per slide, including text boxes for entering slide headers, sub headers, footers etc.

Here we see the StoryCreator interface.

The created decks can be exported to PPT, PDF and Excel. When exporting a deck to PowerPoint you can choose if you want to export charts and tables as images or editable (native) PowerPoint objects. When exporting to Excel the data behind the charts is exported as tables. 

You can also upload a PowerPoint template to the StoryCreator which will be used in exports instead of the template connected to the applied theme.

The users can also save the created decks as personal favorites for future usage. By for example using “floating time periods” in the charts the decks will include new data automatically as soon as new data has been loaded to the project, so, the tool is perfect for use in both ad-hoc and tracker projects.

If the project uses My stories, and if the user has access to the My Stories report, the user can also save StoryCreator slides into My Stories in the same way as StoryTeller slides can be saved to My Stories. A story can contain a mix of slides from any StoryTeller and the StoryCreator.

The StoryCreator also includes smart logic which are artificial intelligence functions applied to key areas in the StoryCreator functions to make the creation of a chart easier and more efficient. The smart functions are designed to make the best selections based on rules defined within the system. You will see this in the suggestions made for chart type, series colors and in the application of where items such as questions and answers should go in the axis and legend. It is always possible to override the smart function if required.

The Administrator has the ability to limit the content in the StoryCreator in the same way as the content can be limited in the Cross table tool. The Administrator user defines which questions and filters that will be available in the tool but also which features are available to the user. As an example, the Administrator can remove the ability for the Report users to select between weighted and unweighted data, remove the ability to break down the data on a daily level or remove the ability to perform significance testing, etc.

Static limits for hiding result due too low base size or limits to warn for low base sizes can also be pre-set so the users of the StoryCreator do not analyses results with a too low base size . The purpose of limiting the content in the StoryCreator and setting predefined limits is to provide the Report users with a governed and easy to use tool that fits the need of the respective project and the skill level of the users.

The level of data filtering each user can apply to the charts in the StoryCreator can also be limited by setting access rights to filters and hierarchical filters on a user level. Except from access rights to filters the users can also get access to different set of questions and answers by applying Variable subsets and setting appropriate access rights to these.

Multi language support of the interface (buttons, information messages, headers etc.) is not supported, it is always displayed in English, but the meta data (question texts, answer texts, filters) is displayed in the language selected by the user.