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Cool UI

Ok. I'm always finding neat stuff out there courtesy of you guys on this list so I thought I'd give you something for a change...

Check out www.visualthesaurus.com (click on online edition and then follow your nose).

A wonderful way to explore a 3D network diagram! Either click on the nodes or click in empty space and move your mouse around to rotate the tree in 3 dimensions.

It's certainly very effective visually. Whether it has any great future in business apps I don't know.

Of course this could be old hat by now. If so please ignore the intrusion!

gwyn
Thursday, September 18, 2003

Hey - this is fantastics. Hope they will keep this service free.

The UI can have uses as a display for google type searches - where google allows users to see related pages.

There was a company in Canada that tried to do something like this - but their graphics sucked big time - http://www.antarctica.net/

They used to have a free visualization of DMOZ online but it has now been discontinued. This was two years ago, and as I mentioned above, the graphics were awful. So it kinda defited the purpose.

The technology behind Visual Thesaurus will be fantastic for data display and visualization.

Ram Dass
Thursday, September 18, 2003

So you can look good in Java after all.

Ged Byrne
Thursday, September 18, 2003

I'm not a big fan of that type of navigation, but if you are you may like http://www.kartoo.com/. It's gotten some press for having good results, but as I said, I don't like that type of interface myself.

  --Josh

JWA
Thursday, September 18, 2003

The board parsed in the period as part of the URL. Better luck with this one: http://www.kartoo.com/

  --Josh

JWA
Thursday, September 18, 2003

Gee, that is major cute.

Does anyone know where I can get that control?

Albert D. Kallal
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
kallal@msn.com
http://www.attcanada.net/~kallal.msn

Albert D. kallal
Thursday, September 18, 2003

From the prominent "Created with..." button on the homepage: http://www.thinkmap.com/

It looks expensive, or maybe not, but whenever I see a contact form in place of actual prices I move on.

  --Josh

JWA
Thursday, September 18, 2003

A few years back we wrote a similar thesaurus explorer thing in Java. The graph was less fancy but also included other media besides text (was for a vertical where imagery was important).
Users loved it in concept and at first sight, but once the novelty of the eye-candy was gone no-one actually used it. More a toy than an effective exploration tools as it stands I'm afraid.

Just me (Sir to you)
Friday, September 19, 2003

I've just thought of a domain where this sort of grahical display and manipulation would be really useful.

Any program can be represented as a set of call trees. So once you've constructed the set of call trees for a program, you simply plug them into this tool. Hey presto, you have some scalable documention of the program, and an easy way to zoom to just the level of program detail you want to see.

This is really rather cool.

Mark
----
Author of "Comprehensive VB .NET Debugging"
http://www.apress.com/book/bookDisplay.html?bID=128

Mark Pearce
Friday, September 19, 2003

If you like this, you should look up touch-graph, an open-source Java implementation of similar ideas (with a nice springy algorithm thrown in) http://www.touchgraph.com/ .

They've already done Google http://www.touchgraph.com/TGGoogleBrowser.html

I still have plans to write a version for Everything 2's softlinks (see http://www.everything2.com if you've never heard of it).

Tom (a programmer)
Friday, September 19, 2003

Very very cool.

John Rosenberg
Friday, September 19, 2003

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