Modules of software I created produce Tikz QTree diagrams for visualisation. The problem is that some trees grow quite broad...

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Even when I try to massively shrink them by Tikz settings, I cannot fit them on the page. I use the following, which has no effect:

\begin{tikzpicture}[level/.style={sibling distance=1mm/#1}]
\tikzstyle{every node}=[font=\tiny]
  \tikzstyle{level 1}=[sibling distance=2mm]
  \tikzstyle{level 2}=[sibling distance=2mm]
  \tikzstyle{level 3}=[sibling distance=2mm]

Is there a way to further size them down or/ and another way to visualize Tikz output (like an applet or something?).

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    Perhaps exporting to TikZ is not your best option for displaying these kinds of graphs. In my experience the node placement algorithms are not that great. I have had good experiences with prefuse in the past for visualizing very large graphs. If you are looking at applets then I assume you are not interested in printing and perhaps just increasing the size of the page is a possibility as well. Jan 3, 2012 at 14:59
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    You should consider rotating the graph by -90 degress. I would rather use a non-tikz solution such as dirtree, which provides more like a directory structure.
    – yannisl
    Jan 3, 2012 at 16:04
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    tikz-qtree doesn't use the levels of the standard tikz trees so setting the level distances like you have has no effect. You could try adding [grow'=right] to the tikzpicture and have the trees displayed vertically.
    – Alan Munn
    Jan 3, 2012 at 16:21
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    Wouldn't just enclosing the tikzpicture into \resizebox{\textwidth} or suchlike solve the problem? Dec 1, 2012 at 22:17

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There are several possible solutions, as pointed out in comments. The simplest would be to use \resizebox{\textwidth} around the entire tree to resize it to the current width. Most likely, that would need to be done using a landscape page to give you more space to use. However, the underlying problem is that a tree representation is just not a good one for this data: you really need to rethink the appearance, and that is not a TeX issue!

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