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web-based mathematical visualization and interactive geometry

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  • Subject: [mg44635] web-based mathematical visualization and interactive geometry
  • From: "Klaus Hildebrandt" <klaus.hildebrandt at>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2003 06:42:11 -0500 (EST)
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JavaView is a program, tightly integrated with Mathematica,
for web-based mathematical visualization and interactive geometry 
experiments. We just released the new version 3.0. 

For more information and download see

Integration of JavaView and Mathematica

JavaView provides an integrated viewer and geometry toolbox for
Mathematica graphics. JavaView 3.0 understands most Mathematica graphics
types and viewing options, and it is capable of providing user feedback
such as pick information back into a Mathematica notebook session. For
example, user events like picking with a mouse or dragging a vertex in a
JavaView display may be caught by a Mathematica notebook and used as 2d
or 3d input parameters.

Some application areas of the tight integration of Mathematica and

- View any Mathematica graphics and animation in a JavaView display 
- Add transparency, texture and smooth shading to Mathematica graphics 
- Receive pick information from JavaView into a Mathematica notebook 
- Interactive web pages with Mathematica graphics 
- Apply advanced algorithms of JavaView to extend Mathematica's rich set
of algorithms 
- Export a Mathematica graphics into different file formats like Vrml,
Stl ... 
- Full scripting of JavaView from a Mathematica notebook with J/Link 
- Create interactive web services with webMathematica and MSPJavaView[] 

Among the new feature JavaView are:

User Interface:
- "Integer pick" constrains the dragging of vertices to an integer grid.
- Improved ambient transformations in hyperbolic and spherical space,
and in dimensions > 3.

- Anti-aliased rendering improved and accelerated. 
- Smooth shading of surfaces colors (both vertex and elements colors). 
- Smooth lighting and light inspector. 

Geometry Effects: 
- Extended collection of subdivision algorithms. 
- Lego-like construction blocks as surface representation. 
- Anisotropic smoothing of noisy surfaces.

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