Software for polyhedra exploration and display
All our programs run on any computer running RISCOS 3 4 or 5
including StrongARM, Iyonix and ARMX6.
They can also be run on PCs with Microsoft Windows
98 or later with a 300MHz Pentium/Celeron processor, 32MB RAM,
400Mb Hard Disk Space and a Direct X compatible graphics card by using
the 'Virtual Acorn' package.
Details from the website
This page has details of polyhedra software for RISCOS,
click here for other software.
- interactive exploration of polyhedra -
!PolyDraw ( v 3.29 27 Apr 2003 )
explore shape and space in over 140 different datasets
- interactive creation of planar nets for polyhedra -
!PolyNet ( v 1.24 25 Oct 2017 )
and then cut out the net to make your own 3D models
- interactive investigation of the symmetries of polyhedra -
!PolySymm ( v 4.04 7 Feb 2007)
- Extra data discs for either !PolyDraw or !PolyNet
with Disc 3 'The 59 icosahedra'.
- makes stellations of the uniform polyhedra -
!Stellate ( v 2.23 7 Feb 2016 )
- A comparison table of program features
to help you to decide which one you want.
Polyhedron plotting programs
interactive exploration of polyhedra from any one of over 140 data files
supplied. These consist of all the Platonic and Archimedean Solids and their
duals, together with the Kepler Poinsot and Johnson polyhedra, and some
prisms and antiprisms. Each polyhedron can be seen simultaneously in two
windows, as a 3D solid and as a planar net, both of which may be saved as a
Draw file and incorporated in the user's own documents.
|Colour by no. of sides
of polygon face
Data may be saved for the ray tracing program
POVRAY, where you can download the RISCOS version. If you are using a PC
then you should start from the
official POVRAY site.
and shaded images with shadows like this made later.
Click here to see some !Polydraw examples.
A demo version may be downloaded from here
PolyDraw is no longer marketed. All of its functionality is
included in !PolySymm.
interactive creation of a planar net from a polyhedron data file.
There are 33 data files supplied, including all the Platonic and Archimedean
Solids and their duals, (identical to those supplied with !PolyDraw). The
net may be saved, with or without tabs, to a Draw file. The faces can be
coloured and decorated with the user's clip art before printing the net,
cutting it out and making it into a 3D model.
Click here to see some !Polynet examples.
The latest version may be downloaded from here
interactive investigation of the symmetries of polyhedra. There are
140 data files supplied, including all the Platonic and Archimedean Solids,
their duals, and the Johnson solids (identical to those supplied with
!PolyDraw). The polyhedron can be displayed in all the ways available in
!PolyDraw and selections made on classes of symmetries.
Results may be saved to a Draw file, printed or as PolyData including a
block of information on the symmetries.
The program may be downloaded from here
(You will need a copy of the applications !PolyDraw or !PolyNet to use these)
All have a set of Draw files showing all the polyhedra on A4 size pages
- Disc 1
The duals of the Johnson Solids (92 files + 92 revised Johnson solids),
created by Paul Gailiunas.
click here to see four examples (8K)
Four of the solids had their definitions revised on 10 July 2001;
- Disc 2
Stellations, compounds, space fillers, mostly created by
with some from Fortran Friends (76 data files).
click here to see some examples (34K)
- Disc 3
The 59 Icosahedra; in addition to the Polydata for PolyDraw/Polynet,
this disc contains the data file for !Stellate, some explanation of the
naming scheme as defined in the 3rd edition of the booklet
The Fifty-Nine Icosahedra
by Coxeter et al, newly typeset by 'Fortran Friends' with Draw files showing all 59 stellations.
A few errors have been found in these diagrams,
click here, to download the
Special offer with this disc you
have an option to buy
a copy of the 3rd edition of the booklet, published January 1999, by
Tarquin Publications, now marketed by
- Disc 4 (The large amount of data requires
this disc to be High Density).
All the non-convex uniform polyhedra and their duals (106 data files) to
complement the convex uniform polyhedra which are standard with !PolyDraw.
click here to see some examples (31K)
interactive creation of uniform polyhedra their stellations, duals and
other polyhedra which can be made from up from 3 components using stellation
diagrams and stored inter-planar angles. The program comes supplied with more
than 120 pre-stored models,
click here to see them; you can either edit these or create your own entirely new ones.
The resulting polyhedra may be
saved in several formats, for later use in !Draw, !Stellate, !PolyDraw or
The process of stellation is explained here.
The program may be downloaded from here
Table to help you decide which program you want
|display any polyhedron||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|display uniform polyhedron||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|view 3d solids coloured/shaded||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|view planar nets||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|create planar net from a 3d solid||No||Yes||No||No|
|add tabs to a planar net||No||Yes||No||No|
|has tools pane||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|measure angles and distances||Yes||No||No||No|
|find and display symmetries||No||No||No||Yes|
|print results directly||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|save Draw file of 3d solid||Yes||No||Yes||Yes|
|save Draw file of stellation diag.||No||No||Yes||No|
|save Draw file of planar net||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|save Stellation data||No||No||Yes||No|
|create duals uniform polyhedra||No||No||Yes||No|
|display dual if present in data||Yes||No||No||Yes|
|create stellated 3D solids||No||No||Yes||No|
|works also in RISCOS 5 (32-bit)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|memory needed to run program (K)||436||432||578||560|
|disk space needed for program (K)||550||76||200||680|
|disk space for documents (K)||128||396||560||330|
More polyhedra data files for use with !PolyDraw or !PolyNet; let us know
what you want.
Page last updated 27 February 2016
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