Sunday, July 5, 2009

The prefuse visualization toolkit

Navigating on the silk icons web site, I've found an interesting use of the Prefuse Visualization Tool Kit.
“Prefuse is a set of software tools for creating rich interactive data visualizations. The original prefuse toolkit provides a visualization framework for the Java programming language. The prefuse flare toolkit provides visualization and animation tools for ActionScript and the Adobe Flash Player.”
They have some nice visualizations on their gallery. I hope to soon use this tool kit on some projects on my job.
Bellow is the screenshot of one of the projects which had used Prefuse:
This particular screenshot is from the project:Voyagers and Voyeurs: Supporting Asynchronous Collaborative Information Visualization by (Jeffrey Heer, Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg) . Following Fernanda B. Viégas and Martin Wattenberg web sites, I've discovered that both worked on the Many Eyes project for IBM. Perhaps, Prefuse is the ancestral of Many Eyes... ;-)

As is in Fernanda's web site, she is also a Brazilian, from Rio. As I'm a Brazilian to, is always good to know about other Brazilians doing science.

Another ideia is to implement the prefuse flare with the lib ming, using C, C++ or PHP.

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