2. Using the Tabs and the Taskbar features
Many of the features and controls are in the area of the Tabs and Taskbar. The tabs are split into two groups (Relational Tabs and Derived Tabs). Below the tabs are the taskbar features. Click on any of the features or tabs below, or continue reading for more information.


The following features can be accessed from the Tabs and Taskbar area, as seen above.

Relational Tabs - same for every map
These tabs are the same for every network, whether you are looking at the map for a company, a person, or an investor, or any combination. They are meant to provide easy access to some pre-set views that show different relationships you might be interested in. Don't forget that by clicking on the 'Control' panel in the Information Window you can access the controls to adjust which relationships are displayed in any of these tabs. Here are the names of a the Relational Tabs and a quick description of what they show:

Relational Tab - the Relational Tab focuses on the investment and board/management team relationships. Only the current personnel relationships are included, so former board and management connection are not shown. They can be included by using the Person Filters, or you can click over to the People Tab to see those relationships there.

Investment Tab - the Investment Tab focuses on the investment relationships between investors and companies. The people relationships are mostly or totally removed.

People Tab - the People Tab mostly or totally removes the investment relationships between the investors and companies in order to focus on the personnel relationships (current and former).

Background Tab - the Background Tab also removes most or all of the investment relationships and focuses on the personnel relationships, but it also includes background information like 'experience' and 'education' - so that people can be connected by university attended and experience working for a company with positions lower than VP or C-level.

Node-Specific Tabs - change depending on target node type
The Node-Specific Tabs will change depending on what map you are looking at. If you are looking at the network for a company you will have different tabs to select from than if you are looking at the network for a person. They will also be different for maps with multiple target nodes. Clicking through each of the Node-Specific Tabs for any network is a great way to get a quick view of different clusters that occur in that network because every Node-Specific Tab is designed with at least one node type 'collapsed.' This is a method that helps to reveal clustering patterns based on the connections through that node type. If you are ever unsure of the settings for a particular tab you can put the cursor over the tab and a short description will pop-up, or you can click on the 'Control' link to view the 'Control' panel which will show you which links are hidden/shown and which nodes are collapsed.

MinLink
The MinLink feature is a way to examine the core structure of a network, or to include the full 'ecosystem' of a network. MinLink stands for 'Minimum Links' necessary for a node to remain in the network. The default setting is 2, so nodes must have at least 2 links to other nodes in the network in order to be displayed. If a node has only 1 link to the network, it will not be displayed (unless you reduce the MinLink setting to 1). The 1st degree connections from the Target Node are exempt from the MinLink (we don't want to hide these connections from you without you knowing they are there), but they can be eliminated using the Drop Pendants feature described below. As you increase the MinLink setting to 3, 4, or more, you begin to eliminate the nodes in the network that are least connected and reveal the core structure of the network that is most highly interconnected. This can be a valuable way to examine very large and very dense networks.

map options The Map Options allow you to adjust the display of the map and the information contained therein. There are several sections within the options. Click to learn about each of the Map Options.

Filters
There are separate filter windows for People, Company, and Investor nodes that allow you to control what types of nodes are displayed in a network. This is different from the 'Control' Panel which allows you to control what link types are included.

Learn more about:
Person Filters
Company Filters
Investor Filters

Email This Map
The Email This Map feature is a quick way to send a map, and a link to that map off to a friend, a colleague, or even to yourself. When fill out the form and click 'Send,' and email will be sent from an address at linksviewer.com with your message. The email will contain an image file attachment of the map just as seen on your screen, and a hyperlink to get to that same map online. The receiver does not have to be a registered user to access the map online, but if they wish to manipulate the map by using filters or switching tabs, they must register at that point. [insert image]

Zoom
The Zoom feature allows you to enlarge (or shrink) the map. Click on the + or - icons to increase or decrease the zoom by 20% in either direction, or you can enter the desired number into the text field and hit 'Enter.' For some maps this is an important way to get a better view, but you should also be aware of other helpful features for better viewing like the 'Linkzoom' and 'Font Size' features located in the Map Options section.

Exclude Target Node(s)
'Exclude Target Node' is a great way to get a different view of some networks. By checking this box and clicking on the 'Apply' button you can remove the target node(s) from the map, which allows the network around those target nodes to restructure more freely and show the important relationships that remain. This is especially helpful for the networks of investors. Some of the Node-Specific Tabs may have the target nodes excluded by default. If you cannot tell by looking at the map, just look to see if there is a check in the checkbox.

Drop Pendants
Pendants are 1st degree connections from the target node that don't connect to any other nodes in the network. For example, if you are looking at the map for the company Google, there are many management team members who are connected only to Google with no other links in the network. These management team members are in the 1st degree from Google, and they are considered pendants from Google. These pendants are always included by default so that the information will only be removed after you have had the chance to see it, but it is often very helpful to remove them and get a better view of the interconnections in the rest of the network.

Re-Map
Unfortunately, in our current interface, the user cannot drag nodes around the canvas and move the network around if nodes are overlapping and hard to read. Letting the cursor hover over any node will cause the name on that node to pop-up, so that is one way to learn the name of a partially obscured node, but you can also click on the Re-map button. Re-map will create a new version of the map by allowing the structure to re-optimize. Some maps have several different layouts that may appear with each Re-map, but some maps may not change very much at all. But if the layout of your map is unsatisfactory, this is a good way to try to change it.