So, what’s the point? Toolkit Overview:
A cutting edge toolkit enabling you to create information rich visuals easily and quickly.
Using visual.tools you can very quickly produce information rich visuals like these:
With an interactive ‘webapp’ / webpage that looks like……..
In this release we are sharing an initial set of visual tools that allow people to visualise information that would otherwise be difficult to show / see.
Here are links to 5 feature tools that enable fairly simple data models to be displayed:
We also feature tools such as Lightbulb that uses a bit more of the capability of our data modelling engine T= allowing for representation of complex visual comparisons like seeing how much coal, or the number of trees you would need to burn to power x many lightbulbs.
Dynamic data visualisation blueprints – outputting images+ that can be shared online or ‘printed’ for inclusion in reports and presentations.
If you have a specific task in mind, or are just interested exploring and playing around, click on one of the above links to go straight to a tool, or visit www.visual.tools for our main webapp landing page – click on the menu icon, top right hand corner of the webpage, and have a play with the tools.
The app is functioning well in google Chrome – but other browsers may not run the app properly, or at all.
The toolkit is in Alpha testing phase – which in tech speak means something that is basically ready to use, but not fully working in all ways – the core behaviour functions well, but there are a few glitches, and the interface is not yet as we want it. But we feel that it is good enough to give people a sense of what could and can be done with data modelling and visualisation.
Please do get in contact if you would like to discuss how we can help to make these visual tools most useful to you. We also appreciate any feedback, comments, suggestions you may wish to offer us, or questions you may wish to ask.
Note: This Toolkit features tools that contain preloaded data models. No guarantees can be given about the accuracies of data models, but we are quietly confident that the software is already functioning at a high degree of accuracy. Moving forward, we have plans to help people to share the sourcing of their data, and to make the data models more transparent.
There are many ways we would like to develop these tools. The current release has been designed to be accessible to a wide range of user groups, while illustrating some significant capability in data modelling. No one interface will be right for everyone, we are developing a range of toolkit costumes, styles, ranges of complexity.
We hope to continue to develop this toolkit in order to make it more and more practical and valuable to people.
We understand that no one interface will be right for everyone, which is precisely why we are continuing to develop a range of toolkit costumes, styles and ‘levels’ of complexity.
You might like to check our github for code and project plans.