Smart Surrogate Widgets for Direct Volume Manipulation
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Interaction is an essential aspect in volume visualization, yet common manipulation tools such as bounding boxes or clipping plane widgets provide rather crude tools as they neglect the complex structure of the underlying data. In this paper, we introduce a novel volume interaction approach based on smart widgets that are automatically placed directly into the data in a visibility-driven manner. By adapting to what the user actually sees, they act as proxies that allow for goal-oriented modifications while still providing an intuitive set of simple operations that is easy to control. In particular, our method is well-suited for direct manipulation scenarios such as touch screens, where traditional user interface elements commonly exhibit limited utility. To evaluate out approach we conducted a qualitative user study with nine participants with various backgrounds.