Intelligent graphic display of GEDCOM file

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hiya, I'm looking for a sensible way to display a huge family tree from a GEDCOM file that I've exported from MyHeritage.com, because the site's own offerings are limited.

This is a sort of algorithmic challenge, to minimise paper space used and still display all info clearly.

Ideally something based on a vertical structure (so that the naming does not push the nodes so far apart) and also in an organic manner that does not require corresponding generations to line up (which also causes nodes to be pushed far apart)

Any pointers or suggestions welcome. I'd consider building something if nothing off the shelf.

Thanks a lot
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I think the best way to save paper would be to use a circle scheme. Put the base pair in the center and the child notes around them in a circle.
To get some idea as to what I have in mind google "MindMeister"
Those links will give you some "out of the box" ideas

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Good food for thought, thanks. Perhaps something based on this idea could work, though as we get further from the centre we may just encounter slightly curved versions of traditional hierarchical graphs.

I guess there's two parts, (1) how to specify the graph display, and (2) how to execute it.

More food for thought: http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/page/7/

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A good solution is likely to involve iterative calculation, eg as used in http://www.visualthesaurus.com/
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Example family tree
Attached example family tree. Observations:
- Siblings are kept in vertical alignment
- Offspring branches can extend horizontally to allow overall chart proportion to remain on page
- ketchup is unrelated except to ensure tree remains in 2 dimensions

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Develop your own algorithm

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no other solution has arisen
At least he thought about my answer even if he did  not accept it.

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Points shared. Further work required. Will post specific follow-ups to drill into this.

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Thanks. Further work required. Will post specific follow-ups to drill into this.

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