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Eric 'Siggy' Scott <[log in to unmask]>
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MASON Multiagent Simulation Toolkit <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:49:44 -0400
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All good points.  Clearly the use case I'm reacting to at the moment is the
demo/working-with-in-process-model issue, but having a slick way to chart
final-data-collection is very handy too.

A checkbox could be the quickest, easiest option to facilitate both usages.

I would envision a dialogue box that lets you manually specify the image
dimensions/proportions, so users who are exporting PDFs or manually tiling
charts across the screen and want them to be the same size, etc, have that
option.  That'd be a bit more work though -- a checkbox would have the same

IMO the default behavior ought to be scale-on-drag & fill whole window.
 You'd also need a mechanism to auto-adjust text size.


On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:37 PM, Chris Hollander <[log in to unmask]
> wrote:

> I'll see your chart and raise you a crazy ggplot2 graph!
> Having the option for publication quality charts is a good idea, since
> realistically not everyone knows how to use other software. What about a
> checkbox that would enable resizing? Then by default the system would work
> as it does now, but if you click the box you'd get a resizable border on
> the plot and could drag it as you will.
> On Tue, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:19 PM, Sean Luke <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> On Apr 23, 2013, at 12:11 PM, Chris Hollander wrote:
>> > Are using chat windows directly from mason really the best idea for
>> publications? I would think they're much better off for giving
>> demonstrations and exploring the model. If you want to graph information,
>> wouldn't you be better off just writing the data you want to a file, and
>> then using a "real" plotting system to make the graphs? (Like gnuplot, R
>> with ggplot2, or matplotlib/matlab, etc)
>> Actually, the chart mechanism was specifically developed to make good
>> looking charts!  That's why it outputs PDF, provides dashing and width in
>> addition to color, and has a white background.  Behold:
>> So again, I'm cool with changing the default behavior perhaps, but I need
>> to know what you want the default behavior to be *exactly*.
>> Sean


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George Mason University