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Dynamic Visualizer press release

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  • Subject: [mg12995] Dynamic Visualizer press release
  • From: News Releases <news>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Jun 1998 02:52:17 -0400
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Dynamic Visualizer Brings Interactive 3D Manipulations to Mathematica

Champaign, Illinois-June 24, 1998-Wolfram Research, Inc. announces the
release of Dynamic Visualizer, the newest member of the Mathematica
Applications Library. Dynamic Visualizer gives Mathematica users a new
and easy way to interactively manipulate, render, and animate 3D
graphics objects. Using standard Mathematica commands, objects of
arbitrary size and complexity can be rendered in real time. Researchers
can use Dynamic Visualizer to visualize models and simulations in real
time, while educators can use it to create interactive tutorials and
clear, effective demonstrations. Dynamic Visualizer requires
Mathematica 3 or higher and is available for Windows and Macintosh
platforms.

With Dynamic Visualizer, users can interactively direct and alter each
object's location, orientation, and speed of rotation, either with the
mouse or by keyboard commands. Each object's location can be set
absolutely or relative to the current position of another object.

Object surface properties under the user's control include diffuse
reflectivity, specular reflectivity, transparency, and ambient
lighting. Dynamic Visualizer offers different ways to render each
object in real time, including point clouds, wire frames, and filled
polygons with hidden surface removal. Polygons can be assigned flat
color, rendered with smooth Gouraud shading, or covered with a texture
map.

Simulations and animations created with Dynamic Visualizer can be
exported as movies in AVI format on Windows platforms and in QuickTime
format on the Macintosh. Dynamic Visualizer can be controlled either
with its own mouse and menu interface-without the need for command
lines-or from within Mathematica. Information about the location and
orientation of Dynamic Visualizer objects can even be read back into
Mathematica for use in further calculations.

Dynamic Visualizer joins the growing Mathematica Applications Library-a
series of Mathematica-based applications harnessing the calculating
abilities of Mathematica for use in a particular field or providing
important theoretical tools with a wide variety of potential
applications. Dynamic Visualizer was developed by Milo Hedge Inc.

Wolfram Research is the world's leading developer of technical computing
software. The company was founded by Stephen Wolfram in 1987 and
released the first version of its flagship product, Mathematica, on
June 23, 1988. Mathematica, the world's only fully integrated technical
computing system, is relied on today by more than a million users
worldwide in industry, government, and education. Mathematica 3.0.1 was
released in the spring of 1997. Wolfram Research, Inc. is headquartered
in Champaign, Illinois. More information about Mathematica and Wolfram
Research is available on our web site at http://www.wolfram.com.

For more information, visit our web site at
http://www.wolfram.com/applications/visualizer. To order Dynamic
Visualizer, visit the Wolfram Research Store at
http://store.wolfram.com/catalog/apps/ or contact your local reseller. 
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