yFiles is the industry-leading software library for visualizing, editing and analyzing graphs. The Graph Visualisation SDK is available for 5 major platforms and technologies: HTML, JavaFX, Java (Swing), WinForms, and WPF.
This page contains a number of screenshots and images that we have collected over the past few years. Most show the many strengths of our yFiles libraries, although we have included some of them simply because we rather like them!
To see some applications and demos that show the layouting facility in real-time, please take a look at the demos page.
Automatic Layout of Networks and Diagrams
The yFiles libraries offer the user many advantages, one of which is their ability to automatically draw networks and diagrams. yFiles layout algorithms enable the clear presentation of flow charts, UML diagrams, organization charts, genealogies, business process diagrams, etc. This section presents some of the many layout styles that are supported by yFiles.
Emphasizes the direction of the main flow in diagrams and networks and also identifies hierarchy levels and dependencies. Supports orthogonal drawings and grouped diagrams.
Ideally suited for biochemical pathways, dependency analysis, workflow diagrams, flow charts, business process modeling, or UML diagrams.
Creating UML diagrams automatically is not an easy task. Some of the many existing UML tools do not deliver impressive automatic layout support. yFiles on the other hand is able to provide excellent layout engines for UML diagrams. Below are some UML diagrams that are produced by yFiles-powered programs.
Samples for UML class diagram, activity diagram, and use case diagram. Some of the numerous UML diagram types that are supported by yFiles layout algorithms.
Our Javadoc extension yWorks UML Doclet automatically generates high-quality UML diagrams and embeds them into your API documentation.
Flowcharts and Swimlane Diagrams
Automatic layout of swimlane diagrams poses quite a challenge. In a swimlane diagram, nodes belong to different graphically depicted lanes, and a layout algorithm needs to arrange them correspondingly. Often, flowcharts are presented using a swimlane diagram, so that responsibilities are clearly visible.
Examples of flowcharts, respectively swimlane diagrams. Among others, our variant of the system flowchart example diagram from the Wikipedia "Flowchart" page.
Social Network Analysis
In social network analysis, mathematical analysis of social relationships is used to gain insight into the structure of a social network. yFiles algorithms provide support for such analysis and enable automatic clustering, for example.
Sample data based on a subset of the Last.fm recommendations network.
Working with Large Graphs
Creating, editing, and visualizing large graphs with hundreds and thousands of elements is one of the strengths of our library. The following images prove that our library can handle these diagrams and networks easily.
Tree, circular, and organic layout of graphs containing many nodes.
Nested Graph Hierarchies
The yFiles libraries support the notion of "nested graphs," i.e., the nodes of a graph may contain graphs themselves, which can be laid out like any other graph.
Nesting tremendously helps in organizing data more efficiently and can be done to nearly arbitrary depth.
Visual Styles and Features
Our graph visualization libraries support many different visual styles.
You can find some of the visual styles created with yFiles in the following images.
Predefined representation options for nodes and edges allow for easy customization of a diagram's appearence. Emphasis to important information can be given with little effort.
The yFiles graph layout algorithms support advanced layout constraints when calculating a graph's layout.
Constraints provide the means to address special layout requirements for particular diagram types from diverse application areas. For example, they allow to easily pinpoint the starting points and end points of edges in a flow chart or decision diagram, or support arrangement policies for certain nodes in an organization chart.
This section displays screenshots of some of the different applications that our customers have
built using the yFiles diagramming libraries.
For the diagrams in its software Cassandra Studio, Hella Aglaia Vision relies on yFiles technology.
In their award-winning Java profiler JProfiler, ej-technologies use yFiles layout and visualization technology from the yFiles for Java library.
JetBrains uses yFiles for Java and yFiles WPF in quite a number of their fine products.
You can find yFiles diagramming in their IntelliJ IDEA, RubyMine, PHPStorm, PyCharm, AppCode,
DataGrip, Webstorm, and Rider IDEs, and also in their .NET tools ReSharper and dotPeek.
Interfacing Technologies uses yFiles for Java and yFiles FLEX for the visualization of business processes in its software.
In their flagship product Structure101™, Headway Software uses yFiles layout technology for the clear presentation of dependencies in software projects.
DbVis Software relies on yFiles viewer and layout technology for arranging and presenting database schemas in its DbVisualizer tool.
For the diagrams in their forensic analytics software, VX Company chose our diagramming library yFiles WPF.
The Rapport product by Rapport Network is a free assisted living platform for people with dementia and other cognitive impairments.
IDS Scheer uses yFiles technology to clearly lay out its business process models.
Gentleware relies on yFiles UML layout technology for the clear visualization of UML class and object diagrams in its Poseidon modeling tool.
The University of Tübingen uses yFiles in scientific research. Numerous projects that, for example, deal with the visualization of biochemical pathways, web server log files analysis, or link analysis are made possible by yFiles technology.
The BiNA project at the University of Tübingen uses yFiles layout and visualization technology from the yFiles for Java library in the analysis and visualization of biological networks.
yFiles in Scientific Publications
yFiles supports researchers around the world with mathematical algorithms and clear diagram visualizations that help process and present their data.
yFiles for Java was used to visualize the results of the study about dissemination of Staphylococcus aureus in hospitals by Thomas Obadia et al. from the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris.