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Animation through Time Travel

The user can generate graph animation using time-dependent column and cell formulas. This method of creating animation is called time travel. There are two closely related but subtly different ways of performing time travel. We will discuss them in the following two sections.

Time Travel of a Time-dependent Data Table

When a time-dependent data table is selected as the active document, the Time Travel tool on the ToolBox can be used to open the Time Travel dialog box with which a time travel of the active data table can be performed. Once the time travel starts, the current time of all time-dependent column formulas of the active data table will be stepped from the start value to the end value. At each time value, the formulas are evaluated and the new values are filled into the active data table. As a consequence, all dependent graphs - graphs that use the active data table as their data source - will be refreshed with the new data. After having refreshed the graphs, DataScene pauses for a specific time interval and then begins to step the current time again. This happens over and over again until the time travel is stopped.  As a result, the user will see that all dependent graphs of the active time-dependent data table keep plotting new data and an animation is thus generated.

Time Travel of a Time-dependent Graph

When a time-dependent graph document is selected as the active document, the Time Travel tool on the ToolBox can be used to open the Time Travel dialog box with which a time travel of the active graph document can be performed. Once the time travel starts, DataScene finds out all time-dependent data tables that are used as the data sources of the active graph document. For each of these time-dependent source data tables, DataScene steps the current time and evaluates its time-dependent formulas and fills it with the new values. This causes all dependent graphs to be refreshed with the new data. After having updated the current time of all source data tables and refreshed their dependent graphs, DataScene pauses for a specific time interval and then starts the whole process again until the time travel is stopped. As a result, the user will see that the all graphs (including the active graph document) that depend on one of the source data tables are animated.

 

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