Welcome to the Solid Geometry From Two Dimensions to Three instruction page. Here you find an introduction on the use and possibilities of Solid Geometry. Select one of the items in the index to jump to the appropriate location for specific information. You can also navigate using the animated images on the website. For instance clicking on the special menu button in the main menu forwards you to the Special Main Menu heading. The images are animated to indicate the various selections on a screen. If you prefer to read the information offline, download the Adobe Acrobat file for the Macintosh or Personal Computer
The Opening Screen cycles through all the shapes. Click on the screen to start exploring.
The Main Menu contains five buttons:
- Shapes Menu: Contains the polyhedra shapes, pyramids and prisms. This menu contains all the basic and intermediate shapes.
- Special Menu: Contains the stars, dual cube and special pyramid. These shapes are for the more advanced user.
- Instructions: An extensive introduction to the program, background information and basic trouble shooting.
- Information: Contains a brief help screen, music preferences, the orderform button and the Print All Shapes button. Print All Shapes allows you to print all or some of the shapes, without going to their individual display.
The Shapes Menu contains the regular polyhedra (tetrahedron, hexahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron and decahedron), combinations of polyhedra (Irregular Hexahedron, Parallelepiped hexahedron, Cubo Octahedron), pyramids and prisms. Select one of the shapes. It is also possible to select shapes using floating menus: Press Command-2 (or F2) to bring up the Shapes Menu.
The Special Main Menu contains a selection of shapes which are more difficult to create, and more fun to look at. It is also possible to select the shapes using floating menus: Press Command-3 (or F3) to bring up the Special Menu. Make your selection and Solid Geometry creates the Special Display.
Shapes and Special Display
Each shapes display contains the same elements:
- The name and phonetic spelling of the shapes name. Click on the name to hear the correct pronunciation (final version).
- Description: Each description provides basic information about the shape and instructions on how to add your name or text.
- Image: Photo of the actual shape
- Name Box: Click on the blue box to add your name or text to the shape. Use Command - + (plus), or Command - - (minus) to change the size of the text.
- Menu Button: Click on the menu button to return to the Shapes or Special Menu.
- Print Button: When ready press print to print the layout of the shape.(Command - P) You can use colored paper. The print-out contains instructions on how to put the shape together. Cut, fold, glue and enjoy.
The Information Menu contains:
- The Music preference.
Click on the icon to turn the music on or off (Command - M also toggles the music on and off). In this version music only plays at the opening screen. To change the volume of both the music and sound press the Control key and one of the number keys 0 (off) through 9 (loudest).
- The Help field:
The field is filled with important information on how to use the program and what the special features are. For instance:
- Red Words
Some of the words in this program are red. Click on the word for an explanation of the term or word.
- Construction Instructions
Use an unfolded paper clip when building the shapes. You can use it to push the tabs of the shapes onto the non tab sides. Stick the paper clip through a crack in the shape and push the tab inside against your finger.
- Floating Menus
Select a solid object from the shapes or special menu. It is also possible to select shapes using floating menus:
Press Command-2 (or F2) to bring up the Shapes Menu and
Press Command-3 (or F3) to show the Special Menu.
Command-? (or F1) shows the help menu.
- Personalized Shapes
You can add text to the shape when it gets printed out. Click on the blue box and type your text. To change the size of the text:
- Pressing the control key and up arrow (or command and +) increases the size of the text (up to 30 points).
- Pressing the control key and down arrow (or command and -) decreases the size in the text box.
- The Print order button:
If you are using the demo version of Solid Geometry you can order the complete version by filling out the order form. Print it and send it to the address on the form. You can also fill out a on-line orderform on our website (http://www.hopepaul.com) or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Print all Shapes:
Select the shapes you want to print from the selection screen and press print. Use Print All and Print None to help you in your selection.
- Press Main Menu to return to the Main screen.
For questions, comments, or suggestions,
please send email to: email@example.com
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Paul van Eykelen.
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Created: June 20, 1998
March 14, 2010