VISITview Functional Overview

Updated: 6/11/2002

VISITView allows for the display and annotation of image loops by a group of people using common Internet browsers.  The input image files may be either in GIF or JPEG formats, or a mixture of the two. VISITView is set up so that one (or more) of those connected serve as the "master" and have full control over what everyone is viewing. Others are configured as "students" or "viewers". The "students" can also control most of the aspects of everyone else's view screen (except the selection of the dataset being viewed), while the "viewer" can only position the pointer to a new location.

Here's a comprehensive list of functions that are controlled via buttons and sliders:

This combination of functions was selected to allow for interactive training and instruction.  Instructors use the pointer (and drawing) to identify features to teach about.  Students use these same tools to indicate what they're asking questions about.

To put things in perspective, here's a screen shot of the master console:

on the student's console, the selectors and buttons on the far left are replaced by simply the name of the page/dataset that is being shown.

The controls are described in detail here.

VISITview in the classroom

The most obvious application for this is in a lab setting where students sit in front of computer screens or terminals that can run a browser like Netscape or IE. The instructor can control what is appearing on all the screens at once, using the pointer (or the simple drawing tool) to highlight features.  A student may also point to features to ask questions, and everyone gets to see what she is talking about. Most of the pages within a lesson consist of a sequence of images (analyses, radar, satellite, etc.) that must be viewed as a loop or be able to toggle back-and-forth between two images quickly, in order to illustrate the phenomenon. Unlike other collaborative tools, VISITView was designed to do just this.  Of course, it can also show single frames on a page, too.

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