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daVinci is an interactive visualization tool for directed graphs. Features of daVinci at a glance:

  • Automatic graph layout with edge crossing- and bend minimization.
  • Interactive fine tuning of a given layout.
  • Node and edge attributes (color, font, shapes, icons, ...).
  • Interactive abstraction operations (collapsing subgraphs, hiding edges).
  • Scaling functions for getting an overview.
  • Navigation and search features for browsing a graph.
  • Layout orientations: top-down, bottom-up, left-to-right, etc.
  • Encapsulated PostScript output.
  • Motif like user interface with file browser, icon bar, keyboard support, etc.
  • Integrated help system and online documentation based on Netscape.
  • API for tool communication with an underlying application program.
  • Interactive graph editor available as demo application.

Current Version:   2.1

License Type:   Free of charge for non-profit use. Commercial licenses are also available.

Home Site:

Source Code Availability:   No

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   Yes (gzipped tar file)

Targeted Platforms:

All major UNIX platforms: Sun Solaris, HP-UX, IBM AIX, SGI IRIX, DEC UNIX, Linux, etc.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

UNIX Workstation: RISC processor, X11R5 or higher, 32MB RAM.
PC: 486 processor or better, X11R6 or higher, 16MB RAM.

Other Links:
ftp://ftp.tzi.DE/tzi/biss/daVinci/ (FTP Site)

Mailing Lists/USENET News Groups:

The email address for daVinci related requests is:

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