The legend: a small step for mankind, but a giant leap for AnRep3D

No, this post is not about AnRep3D becoming a legendary company. It’s about the legend we added to the 3D-graphs. Usually graphs and maps have legends. Yet AnRep3D didn’t have one, until now. Originally the idea was that a fixed set of values would be visualised in the 3D-graph (Revenue, Profit, Equity, Total Assets). Creating examples for this blog, alternatives came up like EBITDA instead of profit – or Liabilities instead of Assets or Equity. This works well, but who will know what the graph is about without a legend?

In the previous post I showed the plans, presenting a screenshot from a manipulated output-file (a 3D graph). Now, not long after we proudly present version 4.1 of the AnRep3D generator! The new generator shows a 3D legend in front of the graph, but a little lower than the ground-level of the “buildings”. This position was chosen carefully. The legend doesn’t distract or block the view at the graph, but at the same time it won’t be missed because the top is visible from the start. The legend created by the generator is slightly different from the “hacked graph” we showed in the previous post. After several trials it became clear that only three labels are needed for the height, width and depth. Of course a part of the height is presented in a different colour (green, red). The best way to clarify is not a separate label, but an addition in the label for height – something like: revenue(profit) or sales/EBITDA or even Renewables[Biofuel]. The latter refers to the series we wrote about the 3D visualisation of the energy-mix in different countries in time.

Talking about labels, the question is where the generator will get them from. To keep the structure of the input-file unchanged (well, almost), the labels were added to the parameter-line – the first line in the input-file. Labels for height, width and depth will be added after the font-size. Of course those labels also have to be separated by commas or semicolons. To make things very clear, one of the well-know graphs already presented on this site, will be repeated here. It’s the graph showing values from the annual reports of GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca for 2014, 2015 and 2016. The difference with the previous version is the legend. Unlike with the “hacked graph” the screenshot can be clicked again, to open thGSK AstraZeneca with legende real 3D graph in the browser.

To manipulate the graph: Clicking the right mouse-button and moving the mouse up and down will zoom the graph in and out. Clicking left and moving the mouse will tilt the graph in different directions (or move the observer’s viewpoint around a fixed graph – it’s relative of course). Double clicking in the graph translates it and moves the centre at the same time. As a result the way the graph tilts will change. Just try it. If you don’t know how to get the normal position back, just refresh the graph.

Download the free 3D-graph generator package  The manual has been updated of course and the same applies to the input- and output-files to be found in the package. Additional videos for version 4.1 will be added to the AnRep3D’s Youtube-channel soon, explaining the new parameter-line and the graph itself. Visit our website for more information about us and our 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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