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uVis Studio: an integrated development environment for visualization
Author(s): Kostas Pantazos; Mohammad A. Kuhail; Soren Lauesen; Shangjin Xu
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Paper Abstract

A toolkit facilitates the visualization development process. The process can be further enhanced by integrating the toolkits in development environments. This paper describes how the uVis toolkit, a formula-based visualiza- tion toolkit, has been extended with a development environment, called uVis Studio. Instead of programming, developers apply a Drag-Drop-Set-View-Interact approach. Developers bind controls to data, and the Studio gives immediate visual feedback in the Design Panel. This is a novel feature, called What-You-Bind-Is-What- You-Get. The Studio also provides Modes that allow developers to interact and view the visualization from the end-user's perspective without switching workspace, and Auto-Completion; a feature of the Property Grid that provides suggestions not only for the formula language syntax but also for the tables, the table elds and the relationships in the database. We conducted a usability study with six developers to evaluate if the Studio and its features enhance cognition and facilitate the visualization development. The results show that developers appreciated the Drag-Drop-Set- View-Interact approach, the What-You-Bind-Is-What-You-Get, the Auto-Completion and the Modes. Several usability problems were identified, and some suggestions for improvement include: new panels, better presentation of the Modes, and better error messages.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 February 2013
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8654, Visualization and Data Analysis 2013, 86540L (4 February 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2003067
Show Author Affiliations
Kostas Pantazos, The IT Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Mohammad A. Kuhail, The IT Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Soren Lauesen, The IT Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)
Shangjin Xu, The IT Univ. of Copenhagen (Denmark)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8654:
Visualization and Data Analysis 2013
Pak Chung Wong; David L. Kao; Ming C. Hao; Chaomei Chen, Editor(s)

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