Spanning tree, as we know, is an extremely useful function of a network. However, equally so, in the hands of an inexperience engineer, or with someone adding network devices or 802.1q capable network cards to the network in an uncontrolled manner, it can be the worst thing ever.
It would be useful to have a map view of the layer 2 status of spanning tree to help manage moving, adding and adjusting spanning tree to be at it's most efficient. Clearly this is a reasonable simple task to do via the CLi on Cisco devices (which is what I mainly have in mind), but if you have many of them, a topology viewer will save time and offer the opportunity to get alerts for any topology changes.
I agree, knowing your layer 2 topology can be very helpful. Currently, LiveAction and LoriotPro are the only 2 programs I'm aware of that perform this function.
HOW IS THIS NOT A THING ALREADY!!?
You're definitely a genius, Brian Whelton.
Bump. If this isn't already a thing, it SHOULD be!