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Graphlytic is used to analyze and visualize connected data (graph data). Graphlytic visualization is intended to be used as a canvas where users can place nodes from a graph database and interactively explore their relationships, create additional calculations, or modify data in a graph database. Data can be also manipulated automatically with data jobs running in the background (loading data from other sources, checking for patterns, and sending notifications, etc.).

1. Visualization Canvas and Tools

Visualization provides a set of easy-to-use tools for graph manipulation in order to highlight particular features of the graph. These features include intuitive data exploring (see clip below) and statistics, different automatic layouts, dynamic selections, shortest pathfinding, mapping data to the style properties like color or size, creating dynamic formulas in JavaScript to calculate new properties of the graph elements, and much more.

The visualization contains several components:

(1) Workspace

Contains elements from the database which are visualized as a graph. You can interactively manipulate these elements  (for example move them to rearrange the graph). For more information and a list of keyboard shortcuts please see Workspace.

(2) Zoom Panel

The zoom panel provides buttons for zooming or centering the graph in the workspace. For more information please see the Zoom panel.

(3) Save Menu

Save your visualization or refresh data in visualization (compare node and relationship data to the current state in the graph database). 

Menu contains:

  • Save: Current visualization is saved. Saved visualization can be later reopened (see Projects).

  • Save As: Use this menu item to save the visualization with a new name.

  • Reload Data: The visualization state is compared to the current database state. Data from the database is loaded and compared to data in the visualization. There are 3 possible situations:

    • data in the visualization is the same as data in the database. After pressing "Reload Data", the user is notified that nothing has changed.

    • some elements that are visible in the visualization were removed from the database. After pressing "Reload Data", elements that were removed from the database start flashing, and following this, these elements are removed from the visualization.

    • some attributes were changed in the database. After pressing "Reload Data", elements whose attributes have changed will be selected.

  • Reload Query: Query, which was used to create the visualization, is used to load a new result set from the database. All nodes and relationships in the visualization are removed and the query result set is visualized.

(4) Graph Search

Search with fulltext for nodes in the graph database and add them to your visualization with one click. Next to the search input are buttons for Fulltext Index settings and for file import (if the user has the right permissions).

For more information please see Graph Search.

(5) Tools Panel

Tools panel consists of multiple button panels for graph manipulation: moving elements, changing layout, selecting elements, and much more. For more information please see the Tools panel.

(6) Control Panel

The Control panel has multiple tabs with special functionality. There are tabs for searching in visualized elements, showing all attributes of elements, configuring the style of visualization, or filtering elements based on simple statistics. For more information please see the Control panel.

2. Start a new visualization

  1. Save all changes in the current visualization (if opened).

  2. Open the Projects menu - click on the app logo in the header (top left corner) and select "New" (in case of multiple projects, find the desired project and click the "New" button next to the name of the project).

3. Add elements to the currently opened visualization

When you have a visualization open you can add nodes to the visualization with the Graph Search bar in the header of the application.

Adding elements from the Queries page (advanced query and filtering options are available on the Queries page):

  1. Open the visualization where you want to add graph elements.

  2. Go to the Queries page - click on the Menu icon in the main menu (top right corner of the header) and select "Queries" (available also in the Search menu under “Manage Queries”).

    • Note: save the visualization (if asked) so you don't need to worry about losing any work.

  3. Find a query and run it with the "Run Query" button.

  4. Press the "Add to visualization" button to add the result of the query to the last opened visualization (the name of the visualization is next to the logo in the header).

  5. Visualization is opened and all selected elements are added to the existing visualization. Added elements are highlighted.