Fast installation process
Graphviz comes with its own installer package that places the utility in your Applications directory: the procedure is extremely straightforward. The next step is to launch the application and direct it to the file you want to open: Graphviz will take care of the rest.
Minimalist user interface
The Graphviz main window is reserved for the graph visualization, while the top toolbar includes buttons for basic functions: zoom out, zoom in and access the Attributes window.
Multiple layout programs
Graphviz comes with several layout programs and automatically selects the one suitable for the task at hand: dot (for hierarhical drawings), neato (can deal with “spring models”), fdp (uses the Fruchterman-Reingold heuristic), sfdp (a fdp version for big graphs), twopi (produces radial layouts) and circo (creates circular layouts).
Graph, nodes and lines customization options
Moreover, via the Attributes window, you get to change various aspects related to the graph representation. The capabilities are organized by target: graph, nodes and connection lines.
This way you can add hyperlinks, change the font style, the color scheme, the nodes shape, and much more. Note that for each option, Graphviz provides a short description in the bottom area of the Attributes panel.
Simple yet powerful graph visualization software
Graphviz provides a minimalist yet efficient solution for quickly viewing graphs described in plain text, by using the DOT language. Since the app is offering support for multiple layout programs, it will prove to be able to handle both simple and more complex graphs.
Reviewed by Iulia Ivan, last updated on October 27th, 2014
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- Resolves bugs: 2409, 2413, 2417, 2420, 2422, 2423, 2425
- Enable packing for dot
- Allow scaling to work for all non-dot layouts
- Add overline text characteristic.
Application descriptionGraphviz is a useful application that is able to open and view graphs that have been created in the Graphviz dot langu...