|ILLUSTRATING TIME'S SHADOW
focusing on education and interesting practical aspects of sundial design
FREE SOFTWARE ON THIS PAGE
|FREE or LOW COST ~ GOOD ADMINISTRATIVE SOFTWARE FROM ELSEWHERE
JAVA (the IDE plus the JDK) You need the IDE and the JDK my dials are here
Free CAD CADstd: Works well, you need to pay close attention to snaps otherwise you will get very frustrated with trying to draw
angles. Not programmable.
For 3D CAD, a free system is ProgeCAD, see above, programmable with LISP.
Acrobat viewer Essential for the books on this web site. Also, as I add hyperlinks for VRML and video to the booklets, this is the only
way to go. Hyperlinks in Acrobat are smooth, the same hyperlinks in Word cause endless security warnings.
Word, Excel, Powerpoint viewers Look but don't touch software.
Open Office Almost 100% compatible with Excel and Word, free. The few incompatibilities are fixed by my having Open Office
versions of the main spreadsheets.
VRML browser plugin Cortona for Mozilla, Netscape, and Internet Explorer, Needed for vrml browsing. see my stuff here
standalone VRML viewer Standalone viewer, good for vrml objects, less so for virtual worlds, use a web browser offline for that. It
does offer chroming the colors, neat.
|FREE ~ VRML SOFTWARE
Before using any virtual world (.wrl), you must have a browser plug-in. Otherwise all you will see is coding. I have only tested and used
the Windows versions of this software. Don't view vrml figures without the plug-in.
WINDOWS: Browser: Cortona (4.2 and 5.0) This shows virtual world scenes so you can walk around and view them. This web
page has several worlds, the Jaipur observatory is perhaps the most complex, yet it is small. This web page has some individual
Scene builder: ISB This builder is from Parallel Graphics who has excellent support. The ISB is a scene builder, and is free if you
have less than a number of surfaces. For under $100 you get the unlimited version. Having used vrml since 1998, this is easy to use
and cost effective.
MAC: Browser: Cortona OSX and Cortona MAC I have not tested nor used the MAC products.
|The objective of ILLUSTRATING SHADOWS and it's web site is to use software that is either free or costs less than about $100.
Nothing is truly free, so if you like a product, consider buying their purchased versions which have more features and better options.
Hint - feel free to buy the CD of my book ILLUSTRATING TIME'S SHADOW
|MODERN GRAPHICAL SYSTEMS
|LEGACY HARDWARE AND LANGUAGES FROM THE 1950s~1960s FREE
|LEGACY LANGUAGES FROM THE 1970s~1990s FREE
|MODERN GRAPHICAL CAD SYSTEM PROGRAMS
|MODERN GRAPHICAL SCIENTIFIC LANGUAGES
|my free sundial
software is on this
page, as well as
|Illustrating Time's Shadow
ISBN 0-9765286-8-1 plus 0-9765286-9-X
Lib Cong 2005900674 plus 2006930654
Merges Illustrating Shadows and Illustrating More Shadows, deletes duplicated material,
and techniques that are complex and replaced by easier methods, adds new material.
Hands on, empirical, geometric, trigonometric, CAD, and spreadsheet dial design for small dials plus garden dials using common
masonry supplies, clay, and glass, with emphasis on many calendar line techniques, and inclined decliners, while providing details
on the use of DeltaCAD programming including the animation of many sheets as parameters vary. Case studies abound with
associated problems solved, and cover the infamous inclined decliner, as well as all the other kinds of outdoor dials. The printed
book comes with a CD of booklets, spreadsheets, VRML/WRL files, templates, etc with the printed book. The CD has all books and
booklets and programs along with source code.
You can get the printed book and CD, just the CD, or an online download here.
|Please note that Excel files ( .xls ) can be used and modified by the free Open
Office system and also by the Kingsoft software (which along with e-droid-cell
can run on an Android cell phone).