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Michael
2007-11-07, 01:00 AM
Hello,

see also the newer version:
http://forum.atlasti.com/showthread.php?t=4211
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Here is an improved combination of some suggestions I already posted.

1. SUGGESTION:

A combination of the Network View and Columns could essentially improve
our work. Overview and import functions would can be handled together and
more powerful.

Imagine you are in a Network view and you want to do something in the
fallowing two situations:

Situation 1:
You wonder: Which Nodes have Neighbors? Which are the Neighbors?
How to import them selectively?

In the first sample you are interested to focus the red-orange colored Node.
See the first drawing (on the top of the picture).

- You can easily see that the Red object has invisible Neighbors: the "plus"
indicates them. So it makes sense to study it.
- You simply select it and Atlas.ti displays its Neighbors and the relations to
them in the special Columns. (This view would can completely remove the
current "blind" "Import Neighbors")
- The import is simple. Select Neighbors in the Column and drag them into
the Network View.

Situation 2:
You want to see Entities which aren't currently in your Network View and
you would also eventually want to import some of them.

See the second drawing (on the bottom of the picture)

- If there is no Node selected, Atlas.ti displays in the Column the Nodes
which aren't currently in the View (and could be imported)
- This Column could display all kinds of Nodes or just special Nodes.
This would depend on a further dropdown list which would be in the toolbar
and contain near the same things as the current dropdown list in the "Import
Nodes Tool". The only difference would be that there exist also the option
"All". (This view would can completely remove our current "Import
Nodes" Tool)
- The import is simple. Select things and drag them into the Network View.


2. ABOUT THE VIEWS

- We would open the column views using buttons in the toolbar.
- We would can manually switch between them using such buttons or Atlas.ti
would automatically switch depending on our selections in the Network View.


3. MANY COLUMNS FOR A HIGHER PRECISION

a) in the case of the Invisible Neighbors
- here we could have 4 instead of 2 Columns
- a new column would contain symbols for the direction of relations (separated
from the other column which contains the labels)
- an other column would contain the icons of the Neighbors (separated from
their names)

b) in the case of the Invisible Nodes
- a further column would contain the icons (separated from their names)

These additional columns would increase our possibilities to organize the
elements using: link direction, link label, kind of node, node name


4. ADVANTAGES

The suggested way offers a better and more direct overview and also much
more exact possibilities of selection and import of entities (of course details
will have to be clarified, but I think the direction is very good)

Thanks and Best Regards
Michael