yFiles and Neo4j: Custom Visualization Solutions
Neo4j is great for storing and processing large amounts of connected data. For example, in web analytics, where click-paths and custom events get logged, it is easy to get that data into Neo4j. Once the data is in the graph database, complex queries may be executed that help both site administrators and site owners get a good understanding of how their users and visitors use the website or ecommerce store.
‘Game of Thrones’ Relationship Graph
Every year, the Graph Drawing conference organizes a contest which sets the task to visualize predetermined graph data. This year, the data consists of a graph that presents the relationships between 84 characters from the popular TV series ‘Game of Thrones’. Since our yFiles diagramming library is designed to arrange and visualize graph structures, we decided to participate in the contest. The image above shows a preview of our contribution. Read on if you want to find out how we created it or skip to the final result.
Automatic Metro Map Generation
Metro maps are a very important tool when it comes to illustrating routes of a public transport system. The history of metro maps or, more generally, transport maps, goes back to the famous 'Tube Map' created by Harry Beck in 1931 which shows the London Underground. Nowadays they exist for almost every larger urban area, making it easy for passengers to quickly gain an overview over the possible routes and reachable stations. Simply put, metro maps consist of stations or stops which are connected by lines. So we thought that they are a perfect match for the visualization using our yFiles diagramming library. Our goal was to automatically generate maps from data retrieved online and to polish the results using styles similar to the ones found in official maps. As the computation of a new metro map layout is quite CPU intensive, the goal was not to create maps in real time.
Visualization of SBGN Process Description Maps
Recently we have started working on the visualization of SBGN process description maps. SBGN stands for Systems Biology Graphical Notation and is an effort to provide a standardized graphical notation for molecular and system-biology applications that describe biological pathways/networks. Pathways are modeled as abstract graphs and, thus, we can apply our yFiles diagramming library for their visualization. Visualization facilitates the communication of complex information and, thus, is especially useful for such applications with their huge amount of structured data.
SVG, Canvas, WebGL? Visualization options for the web
New major release yFiles for JavaFX 3.1
This new version brings huge rendering performance improvements and many new performance-related configuration options. Also, an extensive graph editor application shows the integration with the Eclipse e4 API of the Eclipse Rich Client Platform.
New major release yFiles.NET 5.0
This new version features an overall improved and streamlined, more consistent and intuitive API. It also brings a major update to the algorithms side with new automatic layout algorithms, new layout support, and many improvements of layout functionality. Furthermore, high DPI support has been improved and there is new functionality for creation of graph structures from business data.