Treemaps for space-constrained visualization of hierarchies
Started Dec. 26th, 1998 by Later updates by Ben Shneiderman and Catherine Plaisant - Last update Sept 2014 Our treemap products: Treemap 4.0: General treemap tool (Free demo version, plus licensing information for full package) PhotoMesa: Zoomable image library browser (Free demo version, plus licensing information for full package) Treemap Algorithms and Algorithm Animations (Open source Java code) A History of Treemap Research at the During 1990, in response to the common problem of a filled hard disk, I became obsessed with the idea of producing a compact visualization of directory tree structures. Tree structured node-link diagrams grew too large to be useful, so I explored ways to show a tree in a space-constrained layout. My initial design simply nested the rectangles, but a more comprehensible design used a border to show the nesting. My excitement about treemaps was great and like many innovators I thought millions of users would be using this tool within a few years.
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