Visualization: Using Computer Graphics to Explore Data and Present Information

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A complete guide to envisioning information on your computer. Find out how you can use off-the-shelf graphics software to create sophisticated visualizations!

Whether you want to provide your clients with virtual architectural walkthroughs, envision nucleotides bonding to a strand of RNA, or chart daily fluctuations in foreign currency values, this book/CD set shows you how you can create visualizations of a quality and level of complexity you never dreamed possible. You'll do ...

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Overview

A complete guide to envisioning information on your computer. Find out how you can use off-the-shelf graphics software to create sophisticated visualizations!

Whether you want to provide your clients with virtual architectural walkthroughs, envision nucleotides bonding to a strand of RNA, or chart daily fluctuations in foreign currency values, this book/CD set shows you how you can create visualizations of a quality and level of complexity you never dreamed possible. You'll do it all using nothing more than your PC or workstation and off-the-shelf graphics software. No matter what field you're in, science, business, finance, or the arts, this book gives you all the information you'll need.

An international team of computer visualization experts allows you to explore the incredible scope of this powerful computer graphics medium. And, with the help of over one hundred gorgeous full-color illustrations, they demonstrate some of the ways in which commercially available presentation and graphics tools can be used to envision, probe, interpret, and present information. Writing in a light, accessible style, they train you in a host of basic visualization techniques and strategies that enable you to:
* Create virtual environments in which to explore scientific or technical data
* Envision abstract concepts and ideas in 2 and 3 dimensions
* Combine images, data, video, and animation to produce stunningly persuasive multimedia presentations

The enclosed CD includes striking examples ranging from basic charting and graphing to more advanced video, animation, and volume visualization techniques, taken from the worlds of business, finance, banking, law, architecture, engineering, science, mathematics, geographical mapping, medicine, the arts, and more.

". . . a superb new book covering the entire field of visual presentations . . .Techniques covered range from relatively simple 2D to the latest in virtual reality . . .The book is an excellent source for anyone interested in knowing about visualization and making effective use of the technology." -Carl Machover, President, Machover Associates Corporation

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A non-technical guide for professionals who make information technology decisions for technical people at the strategic and tactical levels of an organization. Provides a brief background of maps and illustrations; surveys the current market trends, including standards, cross-platform strategies, object-oriented graphics, visual programming, networking, and three-dimensional visualization technology; offers tips for designing graphics effectively; reviews the various products available; and presents 19 case studies. An accompanying CD-ROM contains examples of a range of graphics applications. Colorfully illustrated. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471129912
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/19/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.53 (w) x 9.27 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith R. Brown is Manager of Advanced Research Computing Services at the University of Iowa.

Rae Earnshaw is head of computer graphics at the University of Leeds, U.K.

Mikael Jern is Vice President of Technology at AVS/UNIRAS, Dirkerod, Denmark.

John Vince is Chief Scientist at Hughes Ltd. and a visiting professor at the University of Brighton, U.K.

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Table of Contents

What Are Graphics and Visualization.

The Power and Competitive Edge of Computer Graphics.

What Tools and Facilities Are Available?

Selecting the Software and the Computer.

Visualization Design.

User Inerface and Interaction Software Tools.

Reports from the Front Line: Case Studies and Applications.

Hitching a Ride on the Internet.

Forging the Future.

Appendices.

Glossary.

For Further Reading.

Companion Disc.

Index.

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