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Software for Visualizing Relationships Between Contacts

Posted on 2002-06-05
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Hi,

I am looking to find a program that graphically maps relationships between contacts in a large contact file, such as the one I have in MS Outlook.

The program output would show a visio-like diagram that draws line between people that know each other. Different line types or colors would indicate relationship types, such as "referal", "relative", "Management", "Subordinate", customer, supplier, etc...

I have all the relationship data stored in outlook fields, for example, but this could be exported/ported to any other program in some manner.

Regardless, I can't imagine I am the first person to think of this.
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by:SunBow
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I think MS Access would be good place to start.

First thing needed is to prepare the lists needed to define the relationships that will be placed into usage.

Later you might want to look into OWA and VB for refinement, if in fact Outlook is essential piece
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MS Access is indeed a good place to start. It would help identify relationships between contact attributes. However, the crux is: what would draw the relationships visually and dynamically? A simple list of query matches would be better than nothing, but a visual presentation is what I am after. I am trying to avoid having to code a front-end application to draw lines, handle user-input, etc.
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by:benmeiry
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MS Access is indeed a good place to start. It would help identify relationships between contact attributes. However, the crux is: what would draw the relationships visually and dynamically? A simple list of query matches would be better than nothing, but a visual presentation is what I am after. I am trying to avoid having to code a front-end application to draw lines, handle user-input, etc.
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Hello benmeiry, any update here? :O)Bruintje
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Hello bruintje,

To date, I have not found time to develop or any ready-made software that does exactly what I need in regards to visualizing relationships. The closest I have come is software called "Brimstone Intelligence"

http://www.brimstone.net/external.asp?menu=navigation_products.htm&main=brimstoneintelligence_overview.htm
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Hello benmeiry,

this question is open for more then 4 weeks
it is time to clean up or revitalize
if not stated otherwise

my recommendation for the moderator will be
-PAQ and refund
-this will be finalized by an EE Moderator
-with no further update (15.12.2002)

PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS ANSWER

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This may be an abandoned question or perhaps forgotten?  
I will add this to a cleanup list to be reviewed by EE moderators.

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