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Bookmarks to show Nate: Visualizations and graphs stuff, incl maps

Graphs and Images - Showcase

2D / 3D Vertical Bar Graph Software - from $49
With the Vertical Bar Graph software you will be quickly adding great looking bar graphs and charts to your web pages and applications. Includes database access methods, link on mouse click, dynamic interaction, javascript. Supports Various Data Sources (Files, Databases, Scripts/Server processes, HTML parameters). Printer Friendly.
CSS Sprites: Image Slicing's Kiss of Death
This is a cool demo using only CSS, no javascript. You can hover over elements of an image and click them, sort of like an html imagemap. The details of how it's built are in the "howto" folder on this list.
Create A Graph
You can create a graph interactively on this page. Uses Flash.
Click through some of the examples on this page. Includes contour and colormap plots.
Eye candy! (Someone wrote about how they made GraphViz do image maps of what it generated (node/tree).)
Large Graph Layout (LGL)
Visualization of Large Graphs; Visualization of Large Networks. Probably not what we're looking for. This page does have some examples that are cool to look at.
.Net Grap-- see for using with Ajax
I guess we would have to be running .Net? But they have about every graph imaginable on this page. Hundreds of dollars.
I like the interactivity here. Uses Flash.
THE SECRET LIVES-- runs on Java
This (very cool-looking) interactive visualization allows users to view the popularity of individual integers.
Swiff Chart Generator
Makes a chart dynamically on the same page that you enter the data. Cool effect. Uses Flash. See "howto" folder for more on this.
Perl: 3D Graphs
A quick demo of how to use the 3D functions of GD::Graph - basically, how we could use what we already have to do 3D graphs.
ImageMagick: Examples of ImageMagick Usage
ImageMagick (TM) is a free software suite to create, edit and compose bitmap images. It can read, convert and write images in a large variety of formats. Images can be cropped, colors can be changed, various effects can be applied, images can be rotated and combined, and text, lines, polygons, ellipses and Bézier curves can be added to images and stretched and rotated. ImageMagick is free software: it is delivered with full source code and can be freely used, copied, modified and distributed. Its license is compatible with the GPL. It runs on all major operating systems. Most of the functionality of ImageMagick can be used interactively from the command line; more often, however, the features are used from programs written in the programming languages Perl, C, C++, Python, PHP, Ruby or Java, for which ready-made ImageMagick interfaces (PerlMagick, Magick++, PythonMagick, MagickWand for PHP, RubyMagick, and JMagick) are available. This makes it possible to modify or create images automatically and dynamically. ImageMagick supports many image formats (over 90 major formats) including popular formats like TIFF, JPEG, PNG, PDF, PhotoCD, and GIF. See also
Canvas examples
This won't work in IE, but you should still see it because it's stinking cool. A new element called "canvas" allows for a lot of neat interactive graphics in web pages. Most impressive demo is "Canvas Painter"; "fractals" demo takes a long time.

Virtual agent stuff


Visual agent thoughts: For that matter, why not have video clips of a real human? Which is less resource-intensive? Which is easier to understand? Which looks cleaner?
Need to use IE for this one (at least, I did). High quality enough to be useful instead of distracting. Check out the link on the right side under "Bell Deploys CodeBaby" for great example of how this can be useful. Sounds like a real human reads the script. It could be a good candidate, if responses are to be preprogrammed anyway. Human voice makes it a lot easier to understand, especially for elders, and then you still have the virtual agent.
SitePal - Welcome to SitePal!
A bit more artificial, but works in my Firefox. The demo is fun to try - you can customize a character. Sounds like a real human reads the script in this one as well, though the lips are less realistic to read.
Verbot® 4 by Conversive, Inc.
A bit artificial, but also works in Firefox. The speech is simulated as well, so while it doesn't sound as nice, it makes it easy to change the messages. FREE! Maybe it could be hooked up to a chatterbot to generate the responses.

other refs - ignore these unless you're bored

CodeBaby › Showcase
BOTSPOT: Windows: Artificial_Life_Bots
many bots and readers here
Verbot® 4 by Conversive, Inc.
People Putty
Stauri Solo - Download Stauri Solo free
The definitive resource for all things Intelligent Agent and bot related, including Bot of the Week. Locate the intelligent agents of your Information Age dreams at BotSpot. Bots make life easier.
SeeStorm Messenger-- prolly not
With SeeStorm Messenger you can talk naturally over the Internet like you do over the phone - but for free - plus visually communicate your emotions and facial expressions via compelling 3D characters. SeeStorm 3D talking heads act and speak in synch with your voice and true-to-life behavior, providing enhanced level of expressiveness simply not possible in a text-based chat. 3D characters you choose also empower you to decide whom you want to become online. And you do not need webcam for lifelike video!

not quite what I want - ignore these unless you're bored

3D Chat World - moove online - What is the Virtual 3D Chat World moove online?
Virtual 3D chat online world Roomancer(rose):Free!Create own interactive virtual 3D avatars,facial expressions,virtual decorating of unique 3D chat rooms,create 3D chat online home,3D chat with friend
Home of the 3D Internet, Virtual Reality and Community Chat
3D Virtual Reality Chat at its finest. Create your own 3D world, chat with others in Virtual Reality environments created by others and much more
Recruiting the Chatterbots -
Victauri LLC Stauri FAQtaur - no lip sync

perl image maps

Programming Web Graphics with Perl & GNU Software -- Sample chapter
Looks like a tutorial on how to do imagemaps in perl and html.
GIMP - Perlotine Tutorial
"Perl-O-Tine is a [Gimp] plug-in that slices an image along guides that you have placed and writes the html table that will put it back together again on a web page." Create an imagemap from an image. It looks to me like you have to adjust the borders manually for the image, so not what we want.
Generating clickable graphs (Jan 02)
I think this specifically refers to using Perl for this

howto and about - if you want more info

A List Apart: Articles: A More Accessible Map
Things like Google Maps and other clickable maps, if done improperly, can be impossible for a visually impaired web user to navigate.
A List Apart: Articles: CSS Sprites: Image Slicing’s Kiss of Death
Replace old-school image slicing with CSS
Google Gapminder - Google Blogoscoped Forum
[Image-SIG] Making animated GIFs
Forums ~ View topic - Global Rich List
Swiff Chart Generator - erver-side solution to dynamically serve eye-catching animated charts
Swiff Chart Generator is the server-side solution to dynamically serve eye-catching animated charts from Active Server Pages (ASP), PHP scripts or JSP scripts. Query data from a database, apply your own style template created with the Swiff Chart authoring tool and instantly generates high-impact charts in Macromedia Flash format, PNG/JPG format, SVG format and PDF format.
Web Design Layout
Web Design Layout
perl graphics - Google Search
Free Graphics Libraries, 3D/2D Engines, Image Drawing, Animation Source Code (
Source code, libraries, 3D/2D engines for graphics drawing, manipulation and game programing
Forums ~ View topic - Global Rich List
Jeremy Wadsack / GD-Graph3d -
ATrpms - by Distribution > Fedora Core 5 > perl-GD-Graph3d
CPANTS - CPAN Testing Service
perl-GD-Graph3d RPM : Dries RPM Repository
DAG: perl-GD-Graph3d RPM packages for Red Hat/Fedora
perl-GD-Graph3d RPM packages for Red Hat/Fedora
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 September 2006 )
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