Dynamic graphics

11 Aug 2009 - 4:44am
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ian Carr
2009

hi, I am a researcher at the London College of Communication working
on a information design project.

I am have come up with a range of different graphical concepts(
designed in adobe illustrator) but I am struggling to make them
dynamic, animated and interactive. What I am looking for is a tool
which will enable me to update a spreadsheet or data base and it will
manipulate the graphics accordingly.

Can you recommend any software or scripting that might help me, in
fact any suggestion would be good?

Thanks,
Ian Carr

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11 Aug 2009 - 6:02am
Adrian Howard
2005

Hi Ian,

On 11 Aug 2009, at 04:44, ian Carr wrote:

> hi, I am a researcher at the London College of Communication working
> on a information design project.
>
> I am have come up with a range of different graphical concepts(
> designed in adobe illustrator) but I am struggling to make them
> dynamic, animated and interactive. What I am looking for is a tool
> which will enable me to update a spreadsheet or data base and it will
> manipulate the graphics accordingly.
>
> Can you recommend any software or scripting that might help me, in
> fact any suggestion would be good?

It's hard to recommend anything without more of an idea of what you're
trying to do.

Could you stick some stills up somewhere you can link to?

Cheers,

Adrian
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11 Aug 2009 - 6:14am
William Hudson
2009

Ian -

Could you give a specific example?

Regards,

William

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>
> hi, I am a researcher at the London College of Communication working
> on a information design project.
>
> I am have come up with a range of different graphical concepts(
> designed in adobe illustrator) but I am struggling to make them
> dynamic, animated and interactive. What I am looking for is a tool
> which will enable me to update a spreadsheet or data base and it will
> manipulate the graphics accordingly.
>
> Can you recommend any software or scripting that might help me, in
> fact any suggestion would be good?
>
> Thanks,
> Ian Carr
>
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11 Aug 2009 - 6:19am
Joe Lanman
2007

Interesting project - as Adrian said, it would be useful to get more
information.

One of the easiest ways might be to use Flash - it has a straightforward
drawing api, and can read XML files as input. The output could be made
interactive very easily.

An interesting new option would be to use Javascript and the new Canvas tag
in a browser - you could use John Resig's Javascript port of Processing:
http://processingjs.org/

Alternatively you can use PHP or Python to generate static bitmaps from the
data, using a library like imagemagick.

2009/8/11 Adrian Howard <adrianh at quietstars.com>

> Hi Ian,
>
> On 11 Aug 2009, at 04:44, ian Carr wrote:
>
> hi, I am a researcher at the London College of Communication working
>> on a information design project.
>>
>> I am have come up with a range of different graphical concepts(
>> designed in adobe illustrator) but I am struggling to make them
>> dynamic, animated and interactive. What I am looking for is a tool
>> which will enable me to update a spreadsheet or data base and it will
>> manipulate the graphics accordingly.
>>
>> Can you recommend any software or scripting that might help me, in
>> fact any suggestion would be good?
>>
>
>
> It's hard to recommend anything without more of an idea of what you're
> trying to do.
>
> Could you stick some stills up somewhere you can link to?
>
> Cheers,
>
> Adrian
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11 Aug 2009 - 5:37am
Nils Clark-Bernhard
2009

There is already a number of graph-apps and APIs out there, you can
find some of them here http://delicious.com/suit4/graphs. All of
these are meant for web use.

If your intention is more something desktop based and you already
worked with illustrator, Flash could help to accomplish your task.

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11 Aug 2009 - 6:23am
Anonymous

Hi Ian,

Like Adrian says - slightly hard to give a definitive answer without
more information. However, as you are working with vectors have you
considered Flash? It can be an incredibly powerful dynamic, data
visualisation tool - from simple things such as this tutorial for
creating pie charts
http://net.tutsplus.com/tutorials/javascript-ajax/creating-flash-charts-from-data-in-google-spreadsheets-using-javascript/
to the beautiful work created by artists such as Erik Natzke (etc)
using complex algorithms (http://jot.eriknatzke.com/)? You could use
Flash to create a a front-end interface to manipulate the variables,
as well as for rendering the vector output based upon these
variables. Alternatively, Flash can reference variables in external
files such as XML if you wanted to avoid creating a front end.

Anyway - not a direct answer to your question I'm afraid, but
hopefully some food for thought?

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11 Aug 2009 - 7:22am
Mike Myles
2009

As others have said, it's difficult to make a specific recommendation
without more details.

That said, X3D may be worth looking at. I'm not very familiar with
it, but I did use VRML a bit many years back, which preceded X3D, and
I found it useful for some things. Depending on the graphics you are
looking to render X3D may work for you.

X3D info Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X3D

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11 Aug 2009 - 7:35am
Maurice
2009

You can try "Axure RP", but your best bet is "Adobe Catalyst" for
customized interaction from Illustrator or Photoshop files.

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11 Aug 2009 - 6:09am
Gilles DEMARTY
2005

Hello Ian,

if i have understood your request well, you should have a look at
http://www.tableausoftware.com/
<http://www.tableausoftware.com/>It updates automaticaly a set of graph
according to data taken from excel, and helps "manipulate the data"

They have a 30 days eval version.

hope this helps

Gilles

On Tue, Aug 11, 2009 at 5:44 AM, ian Carr <iancarr00 at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:

> hi, I am a researcher at the London College of Communication working
> on a information design project.
>
> I am have come up with a range of different graphical concepts(
> designed in adobe illustrator) but I am struggling to make them
> dynamic, animated and interactive. What I am looking for is a tool
> which will enable me to update a spreadsheet or data base and it will
> manipulate the graphics accordingly.
>
> Can you recommend any software or scripting that might help me, in
> fact any suggestion would be good?
>
> Thanks,
> Ian Carr
> ________________________________________________________________
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11 Aug 2009 - 1:40pm
Svetlin Denkov
2009

This response is in addition to the last paragraph of Joe Lanman's
post (Aug 11th, 5:19 am).

Ian, if you decide to use Python, you may also look into PIL (Python
Imaging Library v1.1.6). This library handles a variety of image
shapes and formats:
http://www.pythonware.com/products/pil/

I am not sure if your project deals with plotting data, but you can
check GNUplot as well.

Lastly, here is a comprehensive list of Python packages dealing with
2D image manipulation:
http://www.vrplumber.com/py3d.py?category=graphics

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11 Aug 2009 - 8:00am
Carl Ververs
2009

Ian, you may be surprised by what you can do with Excel. It has the
graphics and one can easily outfit a worksheet with controls. You can
also drive graphics with data from live sources, but a little VB
programming may be required.

I'm not one to typically recommend MSFT products, but for rapid
graphic representation prototyping, Excel is something to consider.

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11 Aug 2009 - 7:06am
ian Carr
2009

Ok Thanks,
Take a look at
http://iancarr.net/test.pdf

So I have designed it in illustrator cs3 with the proposal of making
the circles change size when a spreadsheet is updated. This is just
one concept. I can import the samples in to flash but is it possible
to then link the diagrams with spreadsheet or database?

Hope you can help.
Ian

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11 Aug 2009 - 8:46am
Jason Pamental
2008

If it's charting/graphing, you could look at Open Flash Charts here:

http://teethgrinder.co.uk/open-flash-chart-2/

I've been looking a little at it and integration with Drupal here as
well:

http://drupal.org/project/open_flash_chart_api

Nothing built yet, but it looks interesting so far...

Jason

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