Geomview For Windows?
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Mark, OK ... I think I can install a copy of geomview. Tomorrow is a test. I will take the gv0.tar.Z file to Beckman and unpack it on one of their Irises. However, ... I am starting to collect some impressions, which I will send you over the time. I'm beginning to learn the internal logic of the package, but I begin to see just how difficult it is to manage. For example: I'm glad I never throw anything away. I quickly notices that while notknotflythrough IS in gv0 it's not in gvL (the package Stuart lent along with Andy). The latter needed only putting .../geom/dodec.vect in the right place. In return, gvL has the sphere eversion stuff in it and lots of different group files that look important. So I'll keep both around on mathIris and this way learn how it works. I find it easier to have gv on my path and execute it while I am in the directory that has the file I'm trying to look at. The difference is somewhat like going to a library, and going into the stack and taking a book down and looking at it, instead of trying to guess whether a title I give to the girl at the front desk is really what I want to see. There is one really annoying feature in the istropic geometry switch in gv1.3, and that is when you switch geometry the particular view of the world that took 20 minutes to get just right, is destroyed and the default values are reinserted. It would be much nicer to leave resetting to the reset button and just switch the geometry, like when you change the lighting, it doesn't change the window, the position, etc. The `inapplicable-button-syndrome continues to annoy, but after you explained it to me I am aware that there's no help but to get used to it. More problematic is the fact that there does not seem to be a way of seeing the entire data set in one view (however non-euclidean, non-hyperbolic, and non-elliptic that might be). I think that once I figure out whether such a view is even possible with gv, I will have to learn how to write .geomviews so that when a display list is first installed, it comes on in a total way (afterall, all the display lists are finite.). Well, enough for today, more tomorrow. Ciao George
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