The Natto View is a set of 3D interactive visualizing techniques and provides dynamic focus+context operation for graph structure such as the World Wide Web.
Information nodes, or HTML documents, are placed on the fundamental floor-plane in 3D space, and users can select and move arbitrary node with direct manipulation. As the user lifts a focused node up, the nodes to which it links are lifted up together, and thus complicated networks are disentangled dynamically. By three dimensional perspective technique, the user can view both details of information connections near the selected node and global context of the large information space like fisheye lens model.
The differences of the Natto View from most of other graphical visualization are: It supports not only visualization but also interactive and dynamic manipulation on users' demand. It is a layout-independent method and thus suitable for dynamic enlargement of diagram such as incremental access to huge distributed information networks.
Keyword: Information Visualization, WWW, Hypertext, Hypermedia, Overview Diagrams, Graphical Visualization
Natto is a kind of Japanese food made of soybeans in a ferment. As it is very sticky, if you pick a bean up, some ones nearby it follow together, and others nearby following ones also follow and so on. Our new visualization is based on the metaphor of natto, so we call it the Natto View.