This topic is for the Hook community to discuss current and potential graphical visualization of Hook data.
To see Hook data, Hook contains a context-free search tool and a context sensitive hooked link browser. With the latter, you bring up Hook on a given node, and Hook will show you what’s connected. You can navigate this network: select an entry in the list and hit the right arrow key (or click the > button) to focus on a given node and see what is directly connected to it. This supports contextual information access.
We have several lines of R&D in progress to augment this.
There are some obvious additional visualizations / modes of interaction that users might want, such as showing indirectly connected nodes, nesting (‘outline’ style view, though Hook data is a collection of disjoint networks, not strictly a tree), a traditional master-detail library/bookmarks view, graphical representations/browsing.
We’d like to get feedback and recommendations from our users about approaches to visualization that they would like Hook to support, such as to make it easy to use Hook’s data with visualization libraries. Hook has an AppleScript API which would in principle allow advanced users to create tools to draw graphs of their data. They might want the API to be augmented with specific methods. The point of the topic here is not so much for CogSci Apps to pronounce itself about its direction or preferences, but to let the discussion unfold. Please feel free to mention particular graphical libraries you’d like to use with Hook and what you would like to do with them (such as Neo4j).