Any suggestion for a good example of TreeView

22 Mar 2005 - 4:31am
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Tadej Maligoj
2004

Hi.

I work on a redesign of an application for digital evidence of paper
workflow process. It is one of the judiciary procedure, which is
normaly straight forward, but include documents on paper, from some to
a lot. Only a directory is stored digitaly, for statistic purposes.
The idea at redesign is to encourage users to use this tool also for
communication.

I confront the following problem: The customer is (also) represented
by their IT engineers and they see things in a particular way (we all
know that feeling, aren't we? ;+).
One of their idea is to use a tree view to show the content of each
file. They have classical (Explorer's like TreeView) in mind.

I don't share their enthusiasm about that, because too many different
things are mixed and presented in not-differentiated way. Beside that,
it is known that not many computer users really understands tree view.
However, I agreed to add this kind of navigation (at this moment).

My question is: do anybody knows of a good example of a context
sensitive, graphicaly appealing, ... treeview?

Thanks!

Tadej
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22 Mar 2005 - 5:00am
Suresh JV
2004

Hi,

Here is a good one. [They don't need separate frames]
- http://www.softcomplex.com/products/tigra_tree_menu/

- http://www.softcomplex.com/products/tigra_tree_menu_pro/

Regards,
Suresh JV.

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> Hi.
>
> I work on a redesign of an application for digital evidence of paper
> workflow process. It is one of the judiciary procedure, which is
> normaly straight forward, but include documents on paper, from some to
> a lot. Only a directory is stored digitaly, for statistic purposes.
> The idea at redesign is to encourage users to use this tool also for
> communication.
>
> I confront the following problem: The customer is (also) represented
> by their IT engineers and they see things in a particular way (we all
> know that feeling, aren't we? ;+).
> One of their idea is to use a tree view to show the content of each
> file. They have classical (Explorer's like TreeView) in mind.
>
> I don't share their enthusiasm about that, because too many different
> things are mixed and presented in not-differentiated way. Beside that,
> it is known that not many computer users really understands tree view.
> However, I agreed to add this kind of navigation (at this moment).
>
> My question is: do anybody knows of a good example of a context
> sensitive, graphicaly appealing, ... treeview?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Tadej
> --
> _______________________________
> Tadej Maligoj, Information Architect
> e1: tadej.maligoj at gmail.com
> e2: studio at maligoj.com
> m: 031 306 986
> w: www.maligoj.com
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22 Mar 2005 - 5:12am
Tadej Maligoj
2004

Thanks. These are actually good for standard Tree View.

But I actually search for kind of example of advanced treeview-like
navigation. Am I too optimistic?

Tadej

On Tue, 22 Mar 2005 15:30:53 +0530, Suresh JV <sjv at inteplan.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> Here is a good one. [They don't need separate frames]
> - http://www.softcomplex.com/products/tigra_tree_menu/
>
> - http://www.softcomplex.com/products/tigra_tree_menu_pro/
>
> Regards,
> Suresh JV.
>
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > [mailto:discuss-interactiondesigners.com-bounces at lists.interactiondesign
> > ers.com]On Behalf Of Tadej Maligoj
> > Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 3:01 PM
> > To: discuss at ixdg.org
> > Subject: [ID Discuss] Any suggestion for a good example of TreeView
> >
> >
> > [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> > material.]
> >
> > Hi.
> >
> > I work on a redesign of an application for digital evidence of paper
> > workflow process. It is one of the judiciary procedure, which is
> > normaly straight forward, but include documents on paper, from some to
> > a lot. Only a directory is stored digitaly, for statistic purposes.
> > The idea at redesign is to encourage users to use this tool also for
> > communication.
> >
> > I confront the following problem: The customer is (also) represented
> > by their IT engineers and they see things in a particular way (we all
> > know that feeling, aren't we? ;+).
> > One of their idea is to use a tree view to show the content of each
> > file. They have classical (Explorer's like TreeView) in mind.
> >
> > I don't share their enthusiasm about that, because too many different
> > things are mixed and presented in not-differentiated way. Beside that,
> > it is known that not many computer users really understands tree view.
> > However, I agreed to add this kind of navigation (at this moment).
> >
> > My question is: do anybody knows of a good example of a context
> > sensitive, graphicaly appealing, ... treeview?
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Tadej
> > --
> > _______________________________
> > Tadej Maligoj, Information Architect
> > e1: tadej.maligoj at gmail.com
> > e2: studio at maligoj.com
> > m: 031 306 986
> > w: www.maligoj.com
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22 Mar 2005 - 5:32am
Suresh JV
2004

> One of their idea is to use a tree view to show the content of each
> file. They have classical (Explorer's like TreeView) in mind.

> But I actually search for kind of example of advanced treeview-like
> navigation. Am I too optimistic?
>
> Tadej

Could you be more specific about the advanced part, Is it something like
a tree table...!

Regards,
Suresh JV.

22 Mar 2005 - 6:38am
Peter Marquardt
2005

Use common designer-sense ;)

This is what I would do if I made a tree view:
- Make the difference between nodes and leafs clear with colors,
symbols, background color and vertical size.
- Animate expanding and collapsing of a node so that the user sees what happens.
- Frame the active element and highlight the path back to the root.
- Optionally highlight the path from the element to all connected
leafs down the tree in a more subtle way (probably a monochromous
color change)

Also if there is very little space vertically but a lot horizontally,
take a look at http://www.lastfuture.de/old/c3_4.html (scroll to
"advanced tree structure") although I would not recommend this unless
it's really necessary, since the hierarchy will get harder to
understand and if the tree view is resizable will result in jumping
leafs

Just a few quick ideas
-- Peter

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22 Mar 2005 - 10:53am
Barbara Ballard
2005

On Mar 22, 2005, at 4:12 AM, Tadej Maligoj wrote:

> But I actually search for kind of example of advanced treeview-like
> navigation. Am I too optimistic?
>

I don't think that there is a generic solution to the problem; however,
use your creativity to develop solutions to specific problems.

I had one situation a few years ago where the developers wanted to use
trees in a way I felt inappropriate (RAID array disk management, if you
care). There were two types of containers each containing the same
thing: arrays held physical and virtual disks; both types of disks
contained a set of disk slices. Then they wanted icons to illustrate
the status of each slice, virtual disk, physical disk, and array.

I developed a visualization of the array that contained however many
physical disks as were in the array, represented by cylinders. A
virtual disk was a slice across all disks in the array. It looked
normal and boring if everything was fine; disks with problems appeared
both colored and with a warning icons; the user could tell from across
the room which disk needed to be replaced.

Note: I was at IBM when I did this; the result is now patented and
hence available for anybody to see, even though it didn't get into the
product.

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Barbara Ballard 1-785-838-3003
barbara at littlespringsdesign.com

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