Looking at the 3D-graph

Finally we are able to have a look at the AnRep3D graph. Everybody will have .htm-files associated with the browser, so the only thing to do is double click at the file in Explorer (Windows). In the screenshot the graph (we called it blog.htm) is just below the generator itself (the .jar-file).

 selecting output-file

The graph opens in the browser and looks quite small. This is the result of the extreme balances banks have. Hardly any equity compared to the total assets. Because of the narrow, very deep “building” the distance to the graph is quite large.

 first graph

By right-clicking and moving the mouse (or rubbing the touchpad, like I do), the graph will come near.

graph zoomed in

Now we can see something is wrong: the rather long name of ABN-AMRO leads to an overlap of the label with the one for ING. The distance was already 100% extra, so we have to make the label smaller. Either by shortening the name or by reducing the font-size from 5 to e.g. 3. The red line points at the adjusted value in the input-file.

adjusted font

We can start the generator again and choose the same input- and output-files as we took in the previous post. This time the file blog.htm already exists, so the generator asks whether we want to overwrite and we simply confirm.


Now the graph is much better and we can start to manipulate it. Zooming in and out using the right button. Tilting, turning by moving the mouse. Translating by clicking somewhere in the graph.

smaller labels


Just try the original 3D graph!

SNS (to the right)  seems to be much, much smaller than the other three. The building for ABN-AMRO in 2005 looks quite large, but in 2010 it is rather small and on top of this, the roof is red instead of green. This means in 2010 there was no profit, but a loss.

ABN AMRO shrunk

In 2015 ABN-AMRO is still small, but the roof is green. Interesting is the width of the buildings. In 2005 they were very narrow, but in 2010 a little bit broader. This is the result of a higher equity, forced by the Basel-accords for banks.


So by translating just a couple of values from an annual report into a 3D graph, we can learn a lot about a series of companies – just at a glance! AnRep3D is a Scientassist product.

About AnRep3D

AnRep3D is the new company, founded after the handover of Scientassist (together with VRBI) to one of my sons. From now I will focus on three-dimensional graphs for the financial markets, showing the main figures from annual reports in comparison. As per 2021 a second product is available: EnRep3D. It is meant to visualise energy. Although the engine is the same, the texts, manual, website and examples (including blogposts) are focused at energy.
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