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This chapter of The DOs and DON'Ts of Filter Construction provides general thoughts on working habits for successful filter authors.
Harnessing the Infinite Workspace
Not that we'd ever need it, but the Filter Editor provides filter authors with an infinite workspace. Now, don't panic! This really is a great advantage to those who know how to properly make use of all this space.
Think about it: Instead of dumping all your components onto chaotic heaps, forming pasta-like, dense jumbles of nodes, how about doing the opposite? For a change, we could actually arrange our components carefully, thus bringing meaningful structure to our filters. How easy it would suddenly become to maintain clear oversight of the construction process. What a breeze filter maintenance would be. And Oh! What a beautiful garden of learning the Filter Library would be, with all these authors having built such magnificent Filter Trees... Alright, I'm rambling! ;)
In short, when properly used, the infinte workspace allows filter authors to:
- Spread out and organize components to form logical groups.
- Arrange these logical groups into meaningful structures that facilitate filter readability by visually emphasizing the flow of image data.
- Conveniently rearrange logical groups or whole parts of a filter, making radical changes easier.
- Easily get an overview over the structure of a filter (the so-called filter tree).