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Topic: 3D ViewPoint Selector (V5.2) in higher Mathematica versions ?
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Dr. Robert Kragler

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3D ViewPoint Selector (V5.2) in higher Mathematica versions ?
Posted: Apr 3, 2013 4:08 AM
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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

Thanks R. Kragler

Prof. Dr. Robert Kragler
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