Graphael: A system for generalized force-directed layouts

David Forrester, Stephen G. Kobourov, Armand Navabi, Kevin Wampler, Gary V. Yee

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The graphael system implements several traditional force-directed layout methods, as well as several novel layout methods for non-Euclidean geometries, including hyperbolic and spherical. The system can handle large graphs, using multi-scale variations of the forcedirected methods. Moreover, graphael can layout and visualize graphs that evolve though time, using static views, animation, and morphing. The implementation includes a powerful interface that allows the user to put together existing algorithms and visualization techniques, and to easily add new ones. The system is written in Java and is available as a downloadable program or as an applet at http://graphael.cs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-464
Number of pages11
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event12th International Symposium on Graph Drawing, GD 2004 - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Sep 29 2004Oct 2 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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    Forrester, D., Kobourov, S. G., Navabi, A., Wampler, K., & Yee, G. V. (2004). Graphael: A system for generalized force-directed layouts. LECTURE NOTES IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, 3383, 454-464.