User Interface Components for Exploring Large Amounts of Information
If as they say, half your brain is your eyes, why not use that half? Research at Xerox PARC over the last ten years has focused on exploiting our perceptual abilities by using state of the art 2-D and 3-D graphics and animation to provide new ways of making sense of large amounts of information. Our products package these solutions as software components that can be quickly integrated into your software and information products. Our products provide benefits to the end user, the business that employ them, software producers and content providers.
Our visualization components, which can be incorporated singly or together, provide many varied ways of viewing thousands of data points, documents, or information objects of any kind according to the needs of your application. Three visualizations are ready for immediate integration into your software products and solutions. Many others are currently in the research and product pipeline.
Take a closer look at three Visualization Technologies from InXight:
How Corporate Users Benefit
If as they say, half your brain is your eyes, why not use that half? Our eyes and our brain have been tuned by thousands of years of evolution for rapidly picking out edges and curves and points that stick out. For tracking moving objects and forming a continuous view of reality. InXight VizControls exploit these skills to allow you to see large amounts of information:
In short, visualizations allow users to make sense of information so they can focus on achieving their real objectives, efficiently, effectively.
How Businesses Benefit
For years we have been shoving stuff into computers. It's time to start getting stuff out. A great challenge for today's businesses is taking advantage of its information and knowledge resources, which really means enabling employees, yes people, to more productively deal with the large amounts of information that has become today's reality. The winners will be those companies that seek out applications and solutions that provide user interfaces that gracefully, powerfully deal with all that information. That increase the business's return on information. And who do you think may provide those applications and solutions? You as software producers and information publishers.
How Software Producers Benefit
The GUI paradigm has hit the wall. Our research buddies at PARC call it the WIMP paradigm (for Windows, Icons, Mice, Pull-down menus) despite PARC's role in creating it in the first place. They moved on to inventing new interface techniques that scale to dealing with thousands, even millions, of objects at a time. We have packaged these powerful new ideas as software components that you can rapidly integrate into your products and solutions without jeopardizing your development schedules. And over time, we will bring out other plug-compatible visualization components provided by PARC research.
How Information Publishers Benefit
You sell information. You get paid if people use your information. If people can't understand the full range and nature of information you make available, then they won't utilize your information as much as they might otherwise. Thus providing navigation aids like overviews is as important as providing search aids which allow finding specific items of information that are known to be there. In addition, visualization technology can be combined with search technology in ways that makes it easier to find objects when it is hard to characterize them with simple boolean or keyword queries.
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