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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Data Visualization

Oh how I love, love, love free tools!  I could seriously play around for hours on Google Sketch up!  Creating 3D images like the one above easily and for free? Um, yes please!  The features of being able to orbit your image and see if your measurements are off, import other models that have been designed in the program, and being able to do things like add texture all in minutes are incredible.

I also played with some mind-mapping tools.  Pinball was really cool to play with.  There are a variety of things you can do like choosing "lucky" or "curve" to get it to use your word or image as a starting point and then making suggestions or random bubbles.  I have used mind-mapping tools before for brainstorming but none that offered suggestions. 

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