Re: VisAD with relation to Vis5D

Hi Vikram,

> I was wondering how VisAD compares in features to its predecessor, Vis5D, 
> and what incentives Vis5D developers would have in moving up to VisAD 
> (besides the obvious advantage of platform independence, of course).  
> Which product has more features at this point?  If the answer to that 
> last question is Vis5D, then is it in the cards for VisAD to eventually 
> be as functional?  

Vis5D is primarily a user interface specialized to visualize
the output of numrical weather models and other environmental
simulations.  VisAD is a programming interface for supporting
general development of interactive visualization and analysis
programs, including collaboration via distributed objects.

If your data fits Vis5D and you just want to visualize it, then
it is much easier than developing your own application using
VisAD.  On the othr hand, if your data does not fit Vis5D or if
you want to steer computations or support distributed computations
then VisAD is much better.

Cheers,
Bill
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