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Feature Requests / Re: Curviness of arrows
« Last post by pbeilschmidt on November 28, 2018, 10:45 AM »
Hello Ashok,

thanks for your input. It is great to hear that you like e!Sankey.

1. Can we have the arrow head and arrow tail boxes unchecked as default. We can turn it on when required. i have also used online tools for sankey and i think most of the flows arrow doesn't have an arrow head and tail and visually it looks good without head/tail

I guess that you have the typical alluvial diagrams or distribution diagrams in mind (see here), where the nodes are linked by non-directed bands rather than by directed arrows. These bands without visible heads or tails are very popular indeed, in particular when they are used to visualize relationships between categories, rather than flow between nodes.

We have decided to have arrow heads and tails turned on in the default template, because in many other Sankey diagrams (=other than the alluvial or distribution diagrams, which can be considered as sub-set of the Sankey diagrams), people want to show the direction of flow.

It is no problem to have no arrow head and tail by default. Just create a template in your preferred style, and save it as a Sankey template (.santem). Then define your preferred template as default. All Sankey diagrams you create from that moment will have by default arrow head and arrow tail boxes unchecked.

Have a look at the attached alluvial diagram attached to this post. It is one of the templates I use.

2. One major difference i could see between this application and an online sankey diagram creators is that the look and feel is better than this one. The style and graceful look of the curviness of arrows definitely beats this version. Please check sankeymatic.com. The more or less sharp bend of flow lines in esankey could be improved to have much more curviness and the transition from curve to straight and vice versa is not gradual and smooth.

Yes, I agree, these soft curves look very nice. I think the main reason behind this is that the online tools based on d3.js sankey use a drawing alorithm based on Bézier curves, while e!Sankey doesn't. We have discussed the idea of offering Bézier curves as an alternative drawing style, but there are also some downsides to it...

You can get close to the Bézier curve style by reducing the length of the first/last arrow segement (from the node to the yellow arrow point) and setting a higher curviness value in the arrow properties. Both settings are also defined as options, so if you like the arrows rounder and with softer curves, I recommend you set a short arrow segment default and a high curviness default in the options.

The attached Sankey diagram has smoother curves, but yes, these are not arrows based on Bézier curves.

What do the others e!Sankey users think? Should we also implement arrows based on Bézier curves as an alternative drawing style?
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Feature Requests / Curviness of arrows
« Last post by Ashok on November 28, 2018, 03:01 AM »
Hi
I have been using e-sankey for a few years now and its a great tool for my work !!

Some suggestions to improve ease of producing a sankey:

1. Can we have the arrow head and arrow tail boxes unchecked as default. We can turn it on when required. i have also used online tools for sankey and i think most of the flows arrow doesn't have an arrow head and tail and visually it looks good without head/tail

2. One major difference i could see between this application and an online sankey diagram creators is that the look and feel is better than this one. The style and graceful look of the curviness of arrows definitely beats this version. Please check sankeymatic.com. The more or less sharp bend of flow lines in esankey could be improved to have much more curviness and the transition from curve to straight and vice versa is not gradual and smooth.

Other than above e!Sankey is my go-to tool for creating sankey diagrams. The tool is almost perfect and i love the customizations and refinements added lately. Please continue your great work :-)

regards
Ashok
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Technical Support / Known Issue: 1 is not a supported code page
« Last post by pbeilschmidt on October 24, 2018, 11:00 AM »
We have become aware of an issue with the current version (4.5.2). Possibly older versions are also affected.

For users in some countries, it may happen that when opening a new Sankey diagram the error message '1 is not a supported code page' is shown.
 
In the log file (accessible via Menu Help > About > Open Log File location > general.txt you will find an entry like this:
18.10 14:18:18.002 [1] ERROR ExceptionHandler An error occurred
System.ArgumentException: 1 is not a supported code page.
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This issue has so far only be reported on Windows 10 machines.

We could identify the root cause of this problem in a component used for zipping/extracting. This component throws an error when an "uncommon" Windows language (e.g. "English (Sweden)") is set.
The ZIP component is used for (1) extracting the News page in e!Sankey, and for (2) extracting the Sankey template file when the 'New Diagram' command is called.

Solution: Check 'Region & Language' in the Windows Settings. Make sure you use either the local language setting for your country ("Swedish (Sweden)"). If you are using English in a Non-English country, please set to "English (United States)" or "English (United Kingdom)".

We will be replacing the component that causes this issue in the next major release.

If you cannot fix this problem with the language setting described above, please contact support@e-sankey.com for assistance.
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General Discussion / Re: New Videos on e!Sankey Live Link to Excel
« Last post by Scholten on September 19, 2018, 12:15 PM »
Will there be more videos like these, Peter? I think they're a great resource.
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General Discussion / Re: Customizing Arrow Labels
« Last post by Solveig on September 09, 2018, 04:20 PM »
A very good and nice inspired support by the e!sanjey help desk
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General Discussion / Re: New Videos on e!Sankey Live Link to Excel
« Last post by pbeilschmidt on July 30, 2018, 03:00 PM »
And two more videos have been added:

e!Sankey 4 | Process properties: shapes, icons, images  (2 mins)
Learn how to change the default process property symbol in a Sankey diagram. Use different shapes, fill colors, an icon from the clipart gallery or a photo. Quite a funny sample diagram ('Paul's pet costs').

e!Sankey 4 | How to avoid overlapping arrows  (3 mins)
In this video learn how to avoid overlapping arrows and gaps between arrows running parallely. Sample diagram shows imports and exports to/from the United States broken down in product groups.
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Feature Requests / Re: Redraw default arrow routes
« Last post by pbeilschmidt on July 18, 2018, 08:28 AM »
Hello Matt,

thanks for your post. This is indeed a good suggestion, and we will consider it for future development.

At present, setting an arrow back to its original direct routing (with no additional waypoints) is only possible for a single arrow via its context menu. This does not work if several arrows are selected.

We'll keep you posted here on this.
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Feature Requests / Redraw default arrow routes
« Last post by mbdavis on July 17, 2018, 06:47 PM »
Hello,

It would be useful to be able to automatically reset arrows to a default routing/position. For example: to be able to select all, then click a button, and all arrow routes are reset (removing all user-added points and resetting default point locations relative to processes).

Thank you,
Matt
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Vorlagen für Textblöcke mit Schriftfeldern in Englisch finden Sie hier.

Ich würde mich freuen, wenn Sie mir Ihre Erfahrungen im Umgang mit den Schriftfeldern für Technische Zeichnungen in e!Sankey und etwaige Verbesserungswünsche mitteilen.
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General Discussion / Re: EN ISO 7200 Title blocks technical drawings
« Last post by pbeilschmidt on July 05, 2018, 01:13 PM »
Let me know if that solution for EN ISO 7200 compliant text fields works for you in e!Sankey. Your comments and suggestion are much appreciated.
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