Wilma Colourwheel

More fun with edges and nodes.

This time I’ve broken into the xwg file and created the nodes from data, instead of using the GUI. Then I went into the GUI and added edges between specific groups of nodes. After that, I played with the force settings and made a movie.

Each node is based on a 3-point coordinate, like 0, 0, 0. I created 100 nodes using numbers between -1 and 1. Within WilmaScope, the node spacing and alignment are controlled by a set of sliders, and playing with these produces the various results seen here. My rendering capacity is minimal, so the detail is rubbish, but you get the idea.

In some respects, this is the end of the line for Wilma, since the extent of what I can do is make node maps. They’re useful for visualising relationships in planar mode, and could be helpful in navigating concepts in spherical mode. But what I want is an interactive web-based tool that will let me add links to nodes. In essence, a site map, except that the site would consist of any web resource.

There are 2D tools that do something like this. TrailFire, for example. But I haven’t found one with an independent visual navigation system set up. I suppose this might have to be something hand-coded in Flash.

Post 444 by dglp

Published on June 5, 2010 ~ 08:06 AM

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