Idea and concept based on the paperBotanical Visualization of Huge Hierarchies
First of all a tree is a synonym for hierarchical data (e.g. file system). To build up a hierarchical structure you need only nodes and leaves. In a botanical tree the corresponding items are stems, branches and fruits. In detail a stem is equivalent to a directory, subdirectories are identified by branches and fruits are set of files. So BotanicalVis will show a 3D geometry of this 3 items corresponding to its readed file structure.
To start the application execute the binary BotanicalVis.exe. Then you will see the settings gui interface, where you can select the directory to read in and change some rendering settings. The explorer and directory group should be self-explanatory. The settings group will show a listview with names and colours. The
filetypes (e.g. *.exe, *.pdf, ...) will be shown with their corresponding colour in the botanical tree. You can change each value by double-clicking the cell with the mouse. Please do not change the names: sphere, stem and unknown. The colours are yours. To add a new entry go to last item and press the down key.
To change the creation of the tree modify the angles alpha and beta. First is responsible for the branching angle between two sub-branches, second for the phyllotaxis, the rotation along the y-axis of the stem.
All settings are saved on exit in the settings.ini file. This file should live in the same directory where the application lives.
If you have successfully selected a directory, the program starts a new thread for parsing the directory structure, this could take a moment. Then a second window should pop-up and show the result, a botanical tree. To interact with the geometry use the mouse.
If you close the rendering window, the data would be lost and the directory have to be read in once again or select another one.
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For feature requests, bugs and more please contact philipp.hartl[at]bkf.at
latest version is 0.1, alpha status