Tools For Creating Visualizations
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Tools that Everybody Can Use
- MicroDEM: MicroDEM is a microcomputer GIS mapping program geared toward geoscience instructors.
- OpenDX: OpenDX allows users to freely create, distribute, and develop visualization solutions.
- Powerpoint: Powerpoint is a standard program for putting together slideshows of images, animations, and text.
- QuickTime: QuickTime movies can display, edit, and manipulate many types of multimedia formats including video, images and audio. QuickTime movies may also consist of scenes created using 3-D applications like Bryce.
Tools for the 'Middle-Ground' User
- CrystalMaker: CrystalMaker is a commercial program for Mac or PC. It comes with a database of structures and can read structure files in several formats, including those on MSA's website (www.minsocam.org).
- Director: Director is used to create and building rich content and applications for CDs, DVDs, kiosks, and the Internet.
- Director IDL Plugin:
- Flash: Flash allows users to build rich, effective applications for e-commerce, corporate intranets and more.
- Fledermaus and iView3D:This is an interactive 3D data visualization system that is used for a variety of applications including environmental impact assessment, mining, geology, oceanography, and research. iView3D is a free viewer for files in the Fledermaus file format. This program contains the basic viewing capabilities of Fledermaus but is freely downloadable.
- Google Earth: Google Earth is a popular "naive GIS" program that is available free for download. This virtual globe allows users to mark places, view topographic overlays and conduct virtual field trips and flyovers.
- VRCO VGO:
- World Builder:
- World Construction Set:
Tools for the High-Level User
- Blender: a high-level program for 3-D modeling and animations (compiled by David Hirsch)
- IDV Unidata/UCAR: The UNIDATA Integrated Data Viewer (IDV) is a discipline specific visualization package for Meteorology.
- TGS Amira:
- Viz5D/VizAD Wisconsin:
- VPython: Vpython is an extension to python and allows for the easy creation of 3-D objects that can be viewed as perspective renderings, red-cyan stereo images, or exported to a GeoWall. Binaries for all major platforms are available at www.vpython.org.
- Walkabout UIC:
- XtalDraw (more info) : XtalDraw is a Windows-based program for drawing crystal structures. The site also describes how to obtain data files from the Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) crystal structure database, maintained by Bob Downs.