Graph editing refers to the process of modifying or manipulating graphical representations of data, typically in the form of graphs, charts, diagrams, or other visual elements. It involves making changes to various aspects of a graph to improve its accuracy, clarity, or relevance to a specific context.
Graph editing can be done using specialized software tools or data visualization platforms.
A graph visualization of a company hierarchy.
The ability to edit graphs on-the-fly provides several key advantages, including improved data accuracy, customization, clarity, and the capacity to support various aspects of data analysis, communication, and collaboration.
The benefits of graph editing are clear.
Editing a graph allows you to correct errors in the data or presentation, ensuring that the information accurately reflects the intended message. This is especially important in scientific, business, and educational contexts where data accuracy is crucial.
In dynamic data environments, such as financial markets or live data dashboards, the ability to edit graphs in real-time allows for up-to-the-minute information presentation. This is essential for decision-making and monitoring changing trends.
You can use graph editing to enhance the clarity of your data presentation. Adding, deleting, or moving elements can make it easier for viewers to understand and interpret the information.
Editing a graph enables you to create multiple versions of the same graph or combine different datasets for comparative analysis. This can help identify trends, correlations, and patterns that may not be apparent in the original data.
In collaborative settings, being able to edit a graph facilitates feedback and revisions. Team members can suggest changes or improvements, and the graph can be easily updated to reflect these suggestions.
Graphs often play a crucial role in storytelling and conveying complex information. By editing a graph, you can refine the narrative and focus on specific aspects of the data to tell a more compelling and coherent story.
If you discover an error in a published graph, editing capabilities enable you to correct it quickly without having to recreate the entire graph. This is particularly valuable when dealing with large datasets or complex visualizations.
Add and update devices in an IT Network in real-time.
Identify bottlenecks and optimize your supply chain with graph editing.
Graph editing can benefit a wide range of industries and use cases where data visualization and graphical representations of information are valuable.
Here are just a few industries and specific use cases that can benefit from graph editing:
Perspectives is optimized with high-speed graphics capabilities and HTML5 canvas graphics to create the best in class graph visualizations for your application. You can use Perspectives HTML classes embed the visualization components into your web application and when the HTML class is assigned to any HTML tag, such as <span> or <div>, the tag will be interpreted as a component, regardless of its type.
Tom Sawyer Software, the leading provider of graph visualization software, provides graph editing capabilities in our graph platform, Perspectives.
Perspectives is a low-code graph visualization and analysis development platform that enables developers to create custom graph applications to visualize connected data.
In addition to high-precision graphical renderings of your data, Perspectives enables end users of your graph visualizations to edit graphs in real-time and provides powerful graph layouts to position graph elements in a clean and readable way. These tools are essential as users navigate and make use of the graph visualizations.
Include graph editing tools in your Perspectives applications to improve user experience and empower your end users. Graph diagramming tools enhance the end users ability to represent, analyze, and communicate complex relationships in their graph diagrams.
Perspectives provides editing tools that can be incorporated in your application for end users to add nodes and edges to graphs:
Between Tool — the user clicks a source node and then drags the mouse to the target node to create a new edge.
The At Tool adds a node to a graph drawing.
Using the Reconnect Tool, users can drag one end of an edge to a new node to change the source or target node of an existing edge.
The Reconnect Tool moves an edge between two nodes in a graph drawing.
The Transfer Tool allows your end users to move nodes from one nested graph to another.
The Transfer Tool moves a node from one nested graph to another.
Users can quickly and easily remove extraneous elements from their graphs so they can focus on the important details. Users select the elements in the drawing view that they want to remove, and click the Delete icon.
The Delete Tool allows users to remove extraneous elements from a graph drawing.