Option dialog

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To open the options dialog, choose file and options... in the menu.

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The dialog reveals several tabs discussed below.



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Background settings apply to all opened visone tabs.

As an example, contour lines are used in a centrality layout.

R - connection

To connect with R you have to tell visone where your R is installed. You do this on tab 'R-connection in the options dialog

Important note: Due to recent changes in R and/or Rserve the connection will not be usable with the current R versions (> 2.13). This problem is limited to Windows and Macintosh. So please ensure that your R version is not later than 2.13. To get the latest R version that works with Rserve, follow the download links on http://www.r-project.org/ for your operating system (e.g. Windows or MacOS) and choose "Previous Versions" at the download site (2.13.2 is what you want).

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If you are working on a Windows system:

If you are working on a Linux or MacOS, try not to touch anything. If this does not work for you, configure the following options:


We assume that you have an R installation running (install the latest version fitting to your system from the link). For a connection between visone and R we additionally need the RServe packages. You can install this package directly from R:

   install.packages("Rserve", dependencies=T)
   install.packages("xtable", dependencies=T)

On Windows, it is mostly necessary to copy file Rserve.exe from library folder Rserve to the folder that contains file R.dll. If you were using the standard settings during your R installation, you should find file Rserve.exe in


and file R.dll in

C:\Program Files\R\R-2.13.1\bin\i386

Now, your R should be ready for visone.

library configuration

In some cases R has a problem to find its libraries when started from visone. If you experience problems with library installation, i.e. visone connects, but cannot install libraries or send graphs to R, you can configure the location of your libraries here. This is also an option to have a unique place where all the visone installed R libraries will reside. The option is

If you change the library path from its default value, remind to use this location when installing or loading your own libraries.

start your own R (needed on MacOS)

If you're planning to start R on a remote machine or the other options do not work for you, you can run your own instance of R and have visone connect to it:

In case you have trouble connecting, you can always start your own R-session. On MacOS this is currently the only way to establish the connection: check the "dont't start R, but use" option in the dialog and start your own R-session before connecting to it in visone. To do this, start the usual R console, make sure you completed the RServe installation and run:


Learn more about R - especially RSiena and some more on the connection options in a short guide on how to use Rsiena from within visone.

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