Graphael: A System for Generalized Force-Directed Layouts

Forrester, David and Kobourov, Stephen G. and Navabi, Armand and Wampler, Kevin and Yee, Gary V. (2004) Graphael: A System for Generalized Force-Directed Layouts. In: Graph Drawing 12th International Symposium, GD 2004, September 29-October 2, 2004 , pp. 454-464(Official URL:

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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 force-directed 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:// This work is supported in part by the NSF under grant ACR-0222920 and ITCDI under grant 003297.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: 10.1007/978-3-540-31843-9_47
Classifications: S Software and Systems > S.001 General

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