The aim of the glyphs project is to provide a set of IRIS Explorer modules which allow non-programmers to interactively visualize scattered data points or data on a grid using customizable glyphs.


Here are some screen shots demonstrating some of the possibilities:


The archive glyphs.tar.gz contains all modules and some sample maps of the glyphs project for the IRIS Explorer 4.0.


After decoding the archive all files in the new directory ./glyphs/modules/ should be copied into your ~/explorer/modules/ directory. If necessary create this directory, and check that a line like

   modulepath -append ~/explorer/modules
is in your .explorerrc file (a sample .explorerrc file comes with IRIS Explorer).

Sample maps are in the ./glyphs/maps/ directory and can be opened with the File/Open... command of the Librarian. The map GlyphsScattered assumes that you started IRIS Explorer in the ./glyphs/maps/ directory, otherwise you have to change the directory in the FileList module to the full path of the ./glyphs/maps/ directory.


All modules and maps come with help files. The help files and screen shots of control panels of the modules are also available here:

module description
AllAxis2 generates labeled axes
CullDataRows drops data points from a lattice without coordinates
Glyphs produces the geometry data of a set of glyphs
MinMaxLat reduces a lattice to its minimum and maximum values
MixDataRows converts a lattice without coordinates into a lattice with coordinates
OrthoPlanes produces the geometry of planes orthogonal to the axes
ReadDataRows reads a lattice without coordinates from an ASCII file
ScaleLatCoords scales the coordinates of a lattice to a specified box
ShowClosestPoint produces textual information about a glyph displayed in the Render module

These are the three sample maps demonstrating the modules:

map description
GlyphsOnly shows some of the functions of the Glyphs module
GlyphsOnLattice shows a map for data points on a lattice
GlyphsScattered shows a map for data points without predefined coordinates


Questions, critisism, suggestions, etc. should be send by e-mail to

Martin Kraus, 11 April 2000