I’ve just started using DevonAgent again, and discovered the new Topic Visualiser (if that’s what it’s called - I couldn’t find it in the help file), which I really like as a way of presenting information.
What I’m wondering is, once you’ve created an Archive from a Search, is it possible to re-open the Archive in the Search window, as that seems to be the only place that the visualiser is available.
the visualizer shows context-sensitive (based on the search results) relationships of words (and more words than the list to the left) and provides you a first impression about the search results. Poor visualization usually means that the results are poor and/or not related to each other and/or contain no useful information.
For example, search for “Apple Computer” (without quotes) using the “Internet (Fast Scan)” set. Now click on Apple in the list to the left - the visualizer will immediately tell you that Apple is related to Computer(s), Macintosh, Steve, Jobs, Intel, Microsoft and so on.
Everyone is talking about a visualizer in version 2.0 (beta . Where can I find this visualizer? I don´t see a button nor do I see a menu option… Very strange… Maybe, because I use Mac OS X (10.4.4) in german?
I like the visualiser a great deal but agree it is not well documented or utilised.
I use a screen capture to turn the visualiser into a jpg and use it to show the relationship between ideas, then go into details to explain each idea.
I would love to see more explanation of the rationale for construction of the relationships expressed in the visualiser.