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Description of Stella4D 5.3
View polyhedra and 4D polytopes
View polyhedra and 4D polytopes. Hundreds provided (Platonic, Archimedean, Kepler-Poinsot & all other uniform polyhedra, Johnson Solids, Stewart toroids, compounds, geodesics etc), plus all 1849 uniform 4D polytopes (the only place all these can be seen). Rotate in 3D, print nets to make your own paper polyhedron models. Put photos on faces.
Create new polyhedra: stellation, faceting, zonohedra, dual-morphing, augmentation. Watch 3D cross-sections of 4D polychora morphing as the slicing hyperplane cuts deeper through the polytope. See 4D polytopes projected into 3D, rotate them in 4D, and see their 3D nets. Export to 3D formats. See it all in true 3D if you have red-blue glasses.
Stella4D was built on the much-admired Great Stella, now adding the four-dimension to the equation!
Editor's review for Stella4D
It is no longer enough to simply have graphics and images that are two dimensional, as web design is growing much more intricate and complicated and 3D is growing in popularity across many areas. In an effort to keep up with the new user friendly trend, you may want to consider adding the three dimensional effects to your website, which can be a fun task if you take the time to check out programs such as Stella4D, which takes the complicated task of three dimensional creation, and turns it into something even an average computer user can master.
The Stella application far surpasses its duties however, because not only does allow you to build three or four dimensional polyhedral models in a graphical form, but then it allows you to print out the structure for the nets of each of your creations, so that you can craft the models out of paper in the real world.
For model makers, it does not get much neater than that, since once you print the model nets the only thing you will need is a pair of scissors and some glue to be on your way to a colourful polyhedral. However, just because you are a beginner does not mean that you will not enjoy the creativity inspired by the program as there are hundreds of models included in Stella4D, which is plenty to get started with as you work your way through the basic models that help you get a conceptual feel for the world of three dimensional animation.
For those who have mastered the simple task of building a polyhedral, the Stella4D program takes it one step farther by including everything from the previous two software releases but adding in adds support so that you can built 4D polytops, as well and project all 4D models into 3D so that you can view nets and the 3D cross sections in real time.
Although the jargon in the programs may be a little new to most, the software interface itself is actually quite easy to use and great fun thus you do not need to know anything about geometry or maths to make the most out of the programs.
Stella4D is available in a free trial format before final purchase in order to to allow you to see what all the craze surrounding polyhedral and the three dimensional world is really about.
What is new in version 5.3
Fixes and minor additions.
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