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Re: Mouse controlled 3D rotations

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  • Subject: [mg57887] Re: Mouse controlled 3D rotations
  • From: David Bailey <dave at>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2005 03:35:45 -0400 (EDT)
  • References: <d8bcer$fec$>
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Jim Hafner wrote:
> Is there a way to build a 3D graphics object (e.g., a simple 
> Tetrahedron) and manipulate it (e.g., rotate it in 3D) with the mouse?
> There is an example on webMathematica of just this, but I haven't 
> figured out how to do it at all in plain ol' Mathematica.
> Does it matter what system I'm on (AIX 5.1 or WinXP)?
> I noticed that on AIX5.1, starting math kernel (no notebooks) that I can 
> use Animate[] to make a movie of a rotating Tetrahedron.  In XP, the 
> same doesn't produce anything.  On either system, in a notebook, I just 
> get multiple graphics objects, one for each rotational position -- 
> there's no live animation.
> Any guidance is appreciated.
> Jim Hafner
> hafner at

Use LiveGraphics3D - a free Java applet. See

David Bailey

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