Visual Computing

University of Konstanz
IEEE Visualization 2004

Hierarchy Based 3D Visualization of Large Software Structures

M. Balzer, O. Deussen
Teaser of Hierarchy Based 3D Visualization of Large Software Structures


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Modern object-oriented programs are hierarchical systems with many thousands of interrelated subsystems. Visualization helps developers to better comprehend these large and complex systems. This work presents a three-dimensional visualization technique that represents the static structure of object-oriented software using distributions of threedimensional objects on a two-dimensional plane. The visual complexity is reduced by adjusting the transparency of object surfaces to the distance of the viewpoint. An approach called Hierarchical Net is proposed for a clear representation of the relationships between the subsystems.


  author     = {M. Balzer and O. Deussen},
  booktitle  = {IEEE Visualization 2004},
  doi        = {10.1109/VISUAL.2004.39},
  keywords   = {Application software;Data mining;Data visualization;Hierarchical systems;Java;Object oriented modeling;Packaging;Software maintenance;Software packages;Software systems},
  month      = {oct},
  pages      = {4p-4p},
  title      = {Hierarchy Based 3D Visualization of Large Software Structures},
  year       = {2004},
  url        = {},