Geomview For Windows?
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I have been playing with geomview some. Overall, it is a great improvement over MinneView -- in particular, the visual interface seems to work well. The only feature of MinneView that I miss is the convenient way to look at a sequence of objects. Is there an easy way to do this in geomview? I think there is a lot of room for improvement in the motion modes. One operation I would like to use is the a rotatation of an object about a specified point in space. This is really a two-parameter motion -- there is the object which gets moved, and the object which defines the point in space. For this to be really useful, there would have to be a third column of choices in the main panel or some other visual way to get two arguments. It would also be nice to be able to treat cameras and lights in the same way as other objects. I don't see the conceptual difference between "orbit" and "rotate," for instance, and I was surprised that there is no equivalent of "translate" for camera motion. The same comments apply to light motions. Why does motion stop when you start another motion? Maybe that is a design decision, but I would like to have a way to translate an object back to the center of a window, and not have this translation interfere with the rotation. Finally, I noticed that the way continuous motion works confused some people yesterday -- they had a very hard time getting things to stop moving with the mouse, and I find it difficult myself sometimes, especially with objects which take about 1/3 of a second or more to draw. The problem is that if you hold the mouse still with the button down, release the button, and then move away quickly, the object sometimes starts moving. I think I know a way to solve this problem. Nathaniel
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