Optimization

There are two buttons in the Optimization section of the toolbar: Point Interaction and Shape Options. They can be used to drastically speed up the visualization.

Point Interaction

Click on this button to toggle point interaction on or off. When point interaction is on, you can left-click/right-click on points in the plot to bring up information panels. When point interaction is off, you can no longer interact with plot objects, but the visualization is rendered faster.

Shape Options

There are three options in the drop-down list for plot point shapes:

  • 2D shapes – flat representations of 3D shapes
    • 2D shapes are useful on certain plot types, such as 2D maps, to make data points stand out more
    • They have less of a performance cost than 3D shapes, and can be used to reduce machine load when visualizing large datasets
    • They always face toward the user regardless of plot orientation
  • 3D shapes – default for the highest quality visualizations
  • Points – shapeless objects for each data point
    • When using Points, the user no longer has the ability to map features to Size or Shape
    • Points have the least performance cost, and can be used to reduce machine load when visualizing very large datasets (millions of data points)
    • They can help show Color trends more clearly when there are many data points very close to each other on the plot