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Node Cloud reuses the popular "tag cloud" idea, but allows one to use nodes as the items in the cloud, instead of terms or tags. Node Cloud is a view plugin that presents the data returned from the view as a cloud of text, with the importance of each node indicated by the size of the text.

Node Cloud is fairly easy to use. To create a node cloud, go to your views administration pages, choose a view, and select "Node Cloud" in the drop down list of views plugins for either the page or block view. Choose two ordering criteria. Node cloud will do the rest.

Node Cloud tries to use some sane defaults to provide good out of the box support. Getting to know the default behavior will help you better understand what kinds of clouds you can create:

The order of the nodes in the cloud is controlled by the first sort order in the view. For example, you may wish to sort your node alphabetically or by creation date.

The size of the individual items in the cloud are controlled by the second sort order in the view. This sort should always be numerical. For example, you might size your nodes on how many votes each has received.

If you supply any fields, they will be displayed in the cloud. If you don't select any fields, a title link for each node will be used.

The minimum and maximum text size can be controlled at admin/settings/nodecloud. Text sizes are always in EM measurements.

Good luck and enjoy Node Cloud.

This module is only for Drupal 5.x and Views 1.x. For Drupal 6.x - Views 2.x, we suggest module Views Cloud, which is a more general approach, now that Vewis 6.x can retrieve information from several Drupal primary tables.

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