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Re: SUBMISSION: Geomview 1.4.1: Free 3D viewer for NeXTStep
In comp.sys.next.announce article <2e3lao$1bj at digifix.digifix.com> you wrote: > The staff of the Geometry Center announce the release of version 1.4.1 > of Geomview, an interactive geometry viewing program. This version of > Geomview runs on Silicon Graphics IRIS workstations, NeXT > workstations, and 486 PCs running NeXTStep 3.x. The distribution > includes source code and compiled binaries for these architectures. > > Geomview is available via anonymous ftp on the Internet from host > geom.umn.edu (IP address 18.104.22.168). It's in the subdirectory > `pub/software/geomview'. Get the file README in that directory for > details. The main distribution files are: > > geomview-sgi.tar.Z: Compiled binaries for SGI workstations. > geomview-next.tar: Compiled binaries for NeXTStep 3.x systems. > geomview-src.tar.Z: Source code. > > We recommend that you get one of the compiled binary distributions > unless you specifically want to look at the source code. > > This release contains many bug fixes and several new features and > external modules. Another addition is a comprehensive user's manual. > We are working on a version of Geomview for generic X windows; it > should become available within the next few months. > > Geomview has been developed in the research environment of the > Geometry Center where there is an emphasis on visualization of > mathematical concepts. It can be used as a standalone viewer for > static objects or as a display engine for other programs which produce > dynamically changing geometry. Geomview was described in the > ``Computers and Mathematics'' column of the October 1993 issue of the > Notices of the American Mathematical Society. A brief overview of its > capabilities is appended to the bottom of this message. > > The Geometry Center is an NSF-funded research center based at the > University of Minnesota. Its mission is to support, develop, and > promote the computation and visualization of geometric structures. > The Geometry Center's official name is the "National Science and > Technology Research Center for Computation and Visualization of > Geometry Structures". > > We are very interested in getting feedback from people who use > Geomview, so please let us hear from you! Send correspondence via > email to email@example.com, or via regular mail to > > Software Development Group > Geometry Center > 1300 South 2nd Street, Suite 500 > Minneapolis, MN 55454 > USA > > Thank you! > > The Geometry Center Software Development Group > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > > Overview of Geomview > ******************** > > Geomview's main purpose is to display objects whose geometry is given, > allowing interactive control over details such as point of view, speed > of movement, appearance of surfaces and lines, and so on. Geomview can > handle any number of objects and allows both separate and collective > control over them. > > The simplest way to use Geomview is as a standalone viewer to see > and manipulate objects. It can display objects described in a variety > of file formats. It comes with a wide variety of example objects, and > you can create your own objects. > > You can also use Geomview to handle the display of data coming from > another program that is running simultaneously. As the other program > changes the data, the Geomview image reflects the changes. Programs > that generate objects and use Geomview to display them are called > *external modules*. External modules can control almost all > aspects of Geomview. The idea here is that many aspects of the display > and interaction parts of geometry software are independent of the > geometric content and can be collected together in a single piece of > software that can be used in a wide variety of situations. The author > of the external module can then concentrate on implementing the desired > algorithms and leave the display aspects to Geomview. Geomview comes > with a collection of sample external modules, and this manual describes > how to write your own. > > Geomview represents the current state of an ongoing effort at the > Geometry Center to provide interactive geometry software that is > particularly appropriate for mathematics research and education. In > particular, Geomview can display things in hyperbolic and spherical > space as well as Euclidean space. > > Geomview allows multiple independently controllable objects and > cameras. It provides interactive control for motion, appearances > (including lighting, shading, and materials), picking on an object, > edge or vertex level, snapshots in SGI image file or Renderman RIB > format, and adding or deleting objects is provided through direct > mouse manipulation, control panels, and keyboard shortcuts. > > Geomview supports the following simple data types: polyhedra with > shared vertices (.off), quadrilaterals, rectangular meshes, vectors, > and Bezier surface patches of arbitrary degree including rational > patches. Object hierarchies can be constructed with lists of objects > and instances of object(s) transformed by one or many 4x4 matrices. > Arbitrary portions of changing hierarchies may be transmitted by > creating named references. > > Geomview can display Mathematica graphics output. looks interesting -- Ivan Vesely, Electrical Engineering and Medical Biophysics University of Western Ontario, vesely at heartlab.rri.uwo.ca We are Microsoft. 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