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3D ViewPoint Selector (V5.2) in higher Mathematica versions ?

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  • Subject: [mg130330] 3D ViewPoint Selector (V5.2) in higher Mathematica versions ?
  • From: "Dr. Robert Kragler" <kragler at hs-weingarten.de>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Apr 2013 04:10:02 -0400 (EDT)
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Hi,
in Mathematica V 5.2 there was a useful graphics tool being envoked by Menu > 
Input > *3D ViewPoint Selector*. With this interactive palette/notebook one 
could easily determine the Cartesian or Spherical coordinates (i.e. {theta, phi, 
r} resp. {x,y,} ) of a wireframe cube and then paste these values for the 
optimized view of the rotated cube into another Mathematica graphics.

Unfortunately this tool became obsolete from version 6.0. on (which is mainly 
due to the fact that 3D graphics can be manipulated interactively in higher 
Mathematica versions.) Nevertheless, in order to determine the optimum viewpoint 
coordinates I sometimes miss this tool. And I just searched in the installation 
tree structure of Mathematica V5.2 (and higher versions too) for a notebook 
resp. palette with the name 3DViewPointSelector (or similar) but could not find 
this tool even in V5.2. Of course, one could write a litte application with 
Manipulate for rotating a wireframe cube and read out the viewpoint coordinates. 
But if this tool already exists why do additional efforts...

Does anyone know where to look for this nice graphics tool which (if available) 
would certainly be applicable in other Mathematica versions too. Help would be 
appreciated.

Thanks  R. Kragler

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