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The GEF4 Cloudio component provides support for visualizing tag clouds within a dedicated SWT Canvas or JFace viewer. It is internally decomposed into the single Cloudio.UI module.
The GEF4 Cloudio component provides a Tag Cloud view that can be used to create word clouds.
The words, which are used to render the word cloud can be loaded from a text file via the 'File -> Load File'. In case the file contains words that should be excluded from the word cloud, a list of stop words (blacklist) can be loaded in addition via 'File -> Load Stopwords'. After having loaded words and/or stop words, the tag cloud is automatically rendered. The rendered tag cloud can be exported to an PNG file via 'File -> Export Image'.
The view delivers various controls to adjust the generation of the word cloud, including background mask (a square PNG image containing black and white pixels only, where black pixels are interpreted as used, such that strings will be drawn on white areas only), font min and max sizes, boost (count) and boost factor, angles, scales, and axis variation. Furthermore, colors and fonts can be specified. After changes to these properties, the tag cloud can be rendered again using 'Re-Position' or 'Re-Layout'.
Below are some examples of tag clouds generated with Cloudio. The images were created with the help of the TagCloud view, modifying different parameters (such as colors, fonts or rotation angles).
Created from Georg Büchner's Woyzeck. The most frequent word was boosted.
Karl May's Winnetou III, using two different fonts, 45-degree rotation and a relatively large x-axis variation when placing the words.
'Also sprach Zarathustra', by Nietzsche. 90 degree rotation and a large x-axis variation.
Same text as in the first example, but with a modified layout algorithm and label provider: Both labels and initial position are assigned based on the first character of the word (for instance, words starting with a to l are at the bottom left). Doesn't really look good, but shows how to extend the functionality to realize a cluster visualization or else...
- feature: org.eclipse.gef4.cloudio.ui
- bundle: org.eclipse.gef4.cloudio.ui
The Cloudio.UI module provides SWT and JFace support for rendering tag clouds.
- package: org.eclipse.gef4.cloudio.ui
This package provides an SWT widget (TagCloud) and a JFace viewer (TagCloudViewer), which support rendering of word clouds. It also provides an SWT composite CloudOptionsComposite, which combines a TagCloudViewer with SWT widgets to edit properties, which constrain the tag cloud generation (this is internally used to realize the Tag Cloud view and will probably not be exposed in the future).
TagCloud is a special org.eclipse.swt.widgets.Canvas, dedicated to display a tag cloud. It expects the to be rendered words and related properties (weight, angle, color, font) to be represented as
Word input elements and can be created as follows:
The result should look similar to this (String positions are assigned by random):
TagCloudViewer is a special org.eclipse.jface.viewers.ContentViewer, that renders a tag cloud. It is internally based on a TagCloud and enhances the functionality of the tag cloud: it is possible to select
and deselect elements by mouse click, to zoom in or out using the mouse wheel and to display tool tips on words. The TagCloudViewer expects an org.eclipse.jface.viewers.IStructuredContentProvider and an
ICloudLabelProvider. The words that are to be rendered in the TagCloud are inferred by queuing the
ICloudLabelProvider for labels of the elements returned by the org.eclipse.jface.viewers.IStructuredContentProvider. The properties of the words (weight, color, font, angle) are retrieved via the
ICloudLabelProvider for each word as well.
TagCloudViewer can be used as follows:
The result will look similar to this:
CloudOptionsComposite combines a TagCloudViewer with controls to edit the properties that constrain the tag cloud generation. It is internally used by the Tag Cloud view (and will probably be removed from API in the future).
- package: org.eclipse.gef4.cloudio.ui.layout
- package: org.eclipse.gef4.cloudio.ui.util