Featured Visual.Tools from v0.6

Heres a super short overview of some of the tools that are available for you to use for free:

Percentage : https://visual.tools/blueprint/Percentage

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Want to show percentages of people? Well this tool allows you to choose a number of people, and specify variable percentage groups. Enter a number of people that you want to visualise, choose one or more percentage group, with associated colour, and choose a randomised or linear layout.  And like the other tools, you can add a description and save the image.



How Much : https://visual.tools/blueprint/HowMuch

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If you want to show the volume of something this tool could work for you. Specify the volume that you want to show, and hey presto – the volume is visualised.

Using the This Equals data modelling engine, you can automatically calculate volume from information about weight and density. If you move the sliders you will see how volume, density and mass are linked. To change the colour of the visualisation click the colour wheel or monkey faces to randomise the colour. There are other bits of functionality that you can discover by clicking around.


Money : https://visual.tools/blueprint/Money

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This tool allows you to visualise amounts of money. In the control panel in the top right hand corner of the screen it is possible to select an amount of money, a currency and a note value.

The 3D image that is produced  can be navigated around with the computer mouse – it might make you seasick to start with, but you will likely get the hang of it quickly. When you have selected an amount of money, and currency, depicted in stacks of notes that you want to show and chosen a ‘camera perspective’ by using the computer mouse controls – it is possible to print the image by pressing the {print image} button also on the top right hand corner of the visualization window.


Particles : https://visual.tools/blueprint/Particle

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This tool allow you to see particles in PPM / parts per million representation.

We have preset three particles – Nitrogen, Oxygen and C02 – You can change the numbers of these particles – shown as parts per million – the particles set at size 1 is relative to the size of the cube they are displayed in. The controls at the top right hand side of the screen allow you to change the animation type, remove the background image and add the cube depiction. You can add and name your own particles, choosing number, size and colour – and you can remove any particles from the display.


How Many : https://visual.tools/blueprint/HowMany

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This tool allows you to show specific numbers of a certain thing.

Find the drop down menus to choose a thing, and select a number of things to be presented. You can randomise the colour, randomise the layout and give the image a text description. You can  remove the frame of reference, axis and description if you choose.

Releasing VISUAL.TOOLS v0.6

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So, what’s the point? Toolkit Overview:

A cutting edge toolkit enabling you to create information rich visuals easily and quickly.

Using visual.tools you can very quickly produce information rich visuals like these:

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       With an interactive ‘webapp’ / webpage that looks like……..

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In this release we are sharing an initial set of visual tools that allow people to visualise information that would otherwise be difficult to show / see.

Here are links to 5 feature tools that enable fairly simple data models to be displayed:

How Many | How Much | Percentage | Money | Particles

We also feature tools such as Lightbulb that uses a bit more of the capability of our data modelling engine T= allowing for representation of complex visual comparisons like seeing how much coal, or the number of trees you would need to burn to power x many lightbulbs.

Dynamic data visualisation blueprints – outputting images+ that can be shared online or ‘printed’ for inclusion in reports and presentations.

If you have a specific task in mind, or are just interested exploring and playing around, click on one of the above links to go straight to a tool, or visit www.visual.tools for our main webapp landing page – click on the menu icon, top right hand corner of the webpage, and have a play with the tools.

The app is functioning well in google Chrome – but other browsers may not run the app properly, or at all.

The toolkit is in Alpha testing phase – which in tech speak means something that is basically ready to use, but not fully working in all ways – the core behaviour functions well, but there are a few glitches, and the interface is not yet as we want it. But we feel that it is good enough to give people a sense of what could and can be done with data modelling and visualisation.

Please do get in contact if you would like to discuss how we can help to make these visual tools most useful to you. We also appreciate any feedback, comments, suggestions you may wish to offer us, or questions you may wish to ask.

Note: This Toolkit features tools that contain preloaded data models. No guarantees can be given about the accuracies of data models, but we are quietly confident that the software is already functioning at a high degree of accuracy. Moving forward, we have plans to help people to share the sourcing of their data, and to make the data models more transparent.

There are many ways we would like to develop these tools. The current release has been designed to be accessible to a wide range of user groups, while illustrating some significant capability in data modelling. No one interface will be right for everyone, we are developing a range of toolkit costumes, styles, ranges of complexity.

We hope to continue to develop this toolkit in order to make it more and more practical and valuable to people.

We understand that no one interface will be right for everyone, which is precisely why we are continuing to develop a range of toolkit costumes, styles and ‘levels’ of complexity.

You might like to check our github for code and project plans.