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Geomview(1gv)							 Geomview(1gv)

NAME
       Geomview	- interactive geometry viewer

SYNOPSIS
       geomview	[-b r g	b] [-c commandfile] [-wins #windows] [-noinit]
	    [-nopanels]	[-noopengl] [-wpos xmin	ymin xsize ysize]
	    [-wpos xsize,ysize[@xmin,ymin]] [-e	external-module-name]
	    [-M[cg][sp]	pipename] [-start external-module-name [arg ...] --]
	    [-run external-module-path [arg ...] --] [file ...]

DESCRIPTION
       Geomview	is an interactive geometry viewer written at the Geometry Cen-
       ter.  It	displays the objects in	the files given	on  the	 command  line
       and allows the user to view and manipulate them interactively.

       The  present version (1.7) of geomview runs on Silicon Graphics Irises,
       and X Window System workstations.  We are very  interested  in  hearing
       about  any problems you may have	using it; see below for	information on
       how to contact us.

       In addition to providing	interactive control over a  world  of  objects
       via  the	 mouse	and  keyboard, geomview	has an interpreted language of
       commands	for controlling	almost every aspect of its  display.   It  can
       execute files containing	statements in this language, and it can	commu-
       nicate with other programs using	the language.  See  geomview(5),  e.g.
       the file	man/cat5/geomview.5 in the geomview distribution, for more de-
       tails of	the language.

TUTORIAL
       This manual page	serves only as a (very)	terse reference	manual for ge-
       omview.	 For  a	 gentler introduction to the program and the format of
       the data	files it can read, see "overview" and "oogltour" in the	 "doc"
       directory of the	geomview distribution, or better, see the full manual:
       "geomview.tex" or "geomview.ps",	also  in  the  "doc"  directory.   The
       source  distribution also includes a tutorial for how to	write external
       modules in the "src/bin/example"	directory.

OPTIONS
       -b     Set the window background	color to the given r g b values.

       -c     Interpret	the commands in	commandfile, which may	be  ``-''  for
	      standard	input.	 The  command  language	 is  described	in ge-
	      omview(5).  Commands may be supplied literally, as in ``-c "(ui-
	      panel main off)"''; since	they include parentheses, they must be
	      quoted.

       -wins  Causes geomview to initially display #windows camera windows.

       -wpos  Specifies	the initial location and size of the first camera win-
	      dow.  With ``-'',	you are	prompted for window placement.

       -M objname
	       Display	(possibly dynamically changing)	geometry (or commands)
	      sent via ``togeomview -g objname	[geomview-shell-command]''  or
	      ``geomstuff objname  file	...''.	The data appears as a geomview
	      object named objname.

	      Actually listens to the  named  pipe  ``/tmp/geomview/objname'';
	      you can achieve the same effect with the shell commands:
		  mkdir	/tmp/geomview;
		  mknod	/tmp/geomview/objname p
	      (assuming	 the  directory	 and  named pipe don't already exist),
	      then executing the geomview command:
		  (geometry objname  < /tmp/geomview/objname)

       -M[cg][ps[un|in|in6]] PIPENAME|TCPPORT

	      The -M option accepts modifiers: a 'g' suffix  expects  geometry
	      data  (the default), while a 'c' suffix expects GCL commands.  A
	      'p' implies the connection should	use a named pipe (the  default
	      on  everything  except  on  the NeXT), while 's' implies using a
	      UNIX-domain socket (the default on the NeXT). Since version  1.9
	      of  Geomview  internet  domain  sockets  are also	supported; use
	      'sin' to make Geomview listen on the IPv4	port given by TCPPORT,
	      or  use  'sin6' to make Geomview listen on an IPv6 port (also as
	      specified	by TCPPORT). 'sun' is a	synonym	for 's', i.e. use  the
	      Unix  domain  socket  with the name PIPENAME. If PIPENAME	starts
	      with a slash ('/'), then it is assumed to	be an  absolute	 path-
	      name,  otherwise the named pipe or socket	is created below ${TM-
	      PDIR}/geomview/.

	      So -Mcs fred selects reading commands from the UNIX-domain sock-
	      et  named	 /tmp/geomview/fred, -Mcsin 40000 selects reading com-
	      mands from the IPv4 port '40000'.

       -noopengl
	      Disable the use of OpenGL	for  (possibly)	 hardware  accelerated
	      rendering,  even	if  the	Geomview binary	has support for	OpenGL
	      compiled in. This	also disables the support for transparency and
	      and textures

       -nopanels
	      Start  up	 displaying  no	panels,	only graphics windows.	Panels
	      may be invoked later as usual with the "Px"  keyboard  shortcuts
	      or "(ui-panel ...)"  command.

       -noinit
	      Read  no	initialization	files.	By default, geomview reads the
	      system-wide ".geomview" file, followed by	 those	in  $HOME/.ge-
	      omview and ./.geomview.

       -e modulename
	      Start an external	module;	modulename is the name associated with
	      the module, appearing in the main	panel's	Applications  browser,
	      as  defined  by  the emodule-define command (see geomview(5) for
	      details).

       -start modulename arguments ... --
	      Like -e but allows you to	pass arguments to the external module.
	      "--" signals the end of the argument list; the "--" may be omit-
	      ted if it	would be the last argument  on	the  geomview  command
	      line.

       -run shell-command arguments ...
	      Like -start but takes the	pathname of executable of the external
	      module instead of	the module's name.

GEOMETRY FILE FORMATS
       The format of the files read by geomview	is described in	oogl(5);  type
       "man 5 oogl", or	see the	file man/cat5/oogl.5 in	the geomview distribu-
       tion, for details.

       Note to users of	MinneView (the precursor to  geomview):	 geomview  can
       read MinneView files, but MinneView cannot read all geomview files.

STARTUP	FILES
       Immediately  upon  starting up geomview reads and executes the commands
       in the system-wide .geomview file in the	"data" subdirectory of the ge-
       omview directory.  Then,	if there is a file named .geomview in the cur-
       rent directory, it executes the commands	in that	file.  If  no  in  the
       user's home directory, and executes it if found.	The startup file of an
       individual user overrides the systemwide	defaults, since	later commands
       take precedence over earlier ones.

EXTERNAL MODULES
       Geomview	has the	ability	to interact via	its command language with oth-
       er programs, called "external modules".	Many such  modules  have  been
       written	and  appear  in	the "Application" browser in the main geomview
       panel.  To invoke a module you click the	mouse on the module's entry in
       this  browser.	This starts the	module and adds	an additional entry to
       the browser, beginning with a number in square  brackets	 as  in	 ``[1]
       Crayola'',  which  represents the running instance of that module.  You
       can terminate the module	by clicking on the  numbered  entry.   Modules
       are  documented separately from geomview.  See the manual page for each
       module for details.

INSTALLING AN EXTERNAL MODULE
       Geomview	looks for external modules in a	special	directory for modules.
       In the geomview distribution tree this is the "bin/$MACHTYPE" subdirec-
       tory.  A	module consists	of two files: the executable  program,	and  a
       "module	init  file", which is a	whose name is ".geomview-" followed by
       the module name.	 The module init file tells geomview how to  run  that
       program.	  Be  sure  to	always keep these two files together; geomview
       needs both of them in order to run the module.  To install a  new  mod-
       ule,  simply put	the module's executable	file and its init file in your
       geomview's module directory.  The next time you run geomview,  it  will
       know about that module.

       Geomview	 can  actually	looks for modules in a list of directories; by
       default only the	"bin/$MACHTYPE"	directory is on	this  list.   See  the
       set-emodule-path	command	in geomview(5) for details.

       There  is  a  tutorial  for  how	 to  write  external  modules  in  the
       "src/bin/example" directory.

EXTERNAL MODULE	INIT FILES
       An external module init file is the file	that tells geomview how	to run
       that module.  Its name must be ".geomview-" followed by the name	of the
       module, e.g. ".geomview-foo".   It should  contain  geomview  commands;
       typically  it will contain a single emodule-define command which	enters
       the module into geomview's application browser:

	       (emodule-define "Foo" "foo")

       The first string	is the name that appears in the	browser.   The	second
       string  is the command to invoke	the module.  It	may contain arguments;
       in fact it can be an arbitrary shell command.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS
       Many geomview operations	are available from the keyboard.  Hitting  the
       "?"  button  on	the  main panel, or typing "?"	with the cursor	in any
       window, causes geomview to print	a message on standard  output  listing
       all the keyboard	shortcuts.

       Keyboard	commands apply while cursor is in any graphics window and most
       control panels. Most commands allow one of the following	selection prefixes
       (if none	is provided the	command	applies	to the current object):
	  g  world geom	   g#  #'th geom  g*  All geoms
	  c  current camera	c#  #'th camera	    c*	All cameras
       Many allow a numeric prefix:  if	none they toggle or reset current value.
       Appearance:
	Draw:		   Shading:	  Other:
	 af  Faces	   0as Constant	   av  eVert normals: always face viewer
	 ae  Edges	   1as Flat  #aw  Line Width (pixels)
	 an  Normals	   2as Smooth	  #ac  edges Closer than faces(try 5-100)
	 ab  Bounding Boxes	3as Smooth, non-lighted	 al  Shade lines
	 aV  Vectors	   aT  allow transparency   at	Texture-mapping
	Color:		   aC  allow concave polygons
	 Cf Ce Cn Cb CB	  face/edge/normal/bbox/backgnd
       Motions:			      Viewing:
	 r rotate	 [ Leftmouse=X-Y plane,	    0vp	Orthographic view
	 t translate	   Middle=Z axis,      1vp Perspective view
	 z zoom	FOV	   Shift=slow motion,	     vd	Draw other views' cameras
	 f fly		   in r/t modes.      ]	    #vv	field of View
	 o orbit	   [Left=steer,	Middle=speed ]	 #vn near clip distance
	 s scale		     #vf far clip distance
	 w/W recenter/all		   v+ add new camera
	 h/H halt/halt all		   vx cursor on/off
	 @  select center of motion (e.g. g3@)	     vb	backfacing poly	cull on/off
				     #vl focal length
	 L  Look At object		   v~ Software shading on/off
       show Panel:    Pm Pa Pl Po    main/appearance/lighting/obscure
		 Pt Pc PC Pf	tools/cameras/Commands/file-browser
		 Ps P-		saving/read commands from tty
       Lights:	ls le	   Show	lights / Edit Lights
       Metric:	me mh ms   Euclidean Hyperbolic	Spherical
       Model:	mv mp mc   Virtual Projective Conformal
       Other:
	 N normalization < Pf  load geom/command file
	  0N none	> Ps  save something to	file	 ui  motion has	inertia
	  1N each	TV NTSC	mode toggle    uc  constrained (X/Y) motion
	  2N all		     uo	 motion	in Own coord system
	 Rightmouse-doubleclick	 pick as current target	object
	 Shift-Rightmouse	 pick interest (center)	point
       Renderman:
	 RR send RIB output to <fileprefix>NNN.rib (default fileprefix == "geom")
	 RC Emulate lines using	cylinders (default)
	 RP Emulate lines using	polygons
	 Ra choose ASCII RIB format (default)
	 Rb choose BINARY RIB format
	 Rt choose Display token to specify .tiff file (default)
	 Rf choose Display token to specify framebuffer
	 Rs Simulate background	color with Polygon (default)
	 Rx No background simulation - fully transparent (alpha) background

NOTES
       The "geomview" command is actually a shell script that sets various en-
       vironment variables which tell geomview about  your  local  setup,  and
       then  invokes the geomview executable program "gvx" (or "gvx.OGL").  Do
       not run "gvx" by	itself;	always invoke  geomview	 with  the  "geomview"
       shell script.

SEE ALSO
       oogl(5) - OOGL geometric	file formats and conventions
       geomview(5) - geomview command language reference

FILES
       data/.geomview  -  default initialization file in geomview command lan-
	    guage
       data/geom - sample data files

ENVIRONMENT
       The ``geomview''	shell script sets these	internally by default; if  you
       set  them before	invoking geomview, the values you set will be used in-
       stead of	the built-in defaults.
       GEOMVIEW_GVX - geomview executable
       GEOMVIEW_DATA_DIR - default directory for data files
       GEOMVIEW_LOAD_PATH - colon-separated search path	for data files
       GEOMVIEW_EMODULE_DIR - default directory	for external emodules
       GEOMVIEW_EMODULE_PATH - colon-separated search path for	external  mod-
	    ules
       GEOMVIEW_SYSTEM_INITFILE	- system-wide GCL initialization script
       GEOMDATA	- top directory	of the default data tree, used by some modules
       GEOMVIEW_DOC_DIR	- path to the user manual
       WEBBROWSER - executable for viewing the HTML version of the manual when
	    invoking the `Manual (HTML)' menu item
       PDFVIEWER - executable for viewing the PDF version of the  manual  when
	    invoking the `Manual (PDF)'	menu item

AUTHORS
	  Stuart Levy		   Tamara Munzner	  Mark Phillips
		    Celeste Fowler		Nathaniel Thurston
		     Daniel Krech		    Scott Wisdom
		     Daeron Meyer		   Timothy Rowley

	      The National Science and Technology Research Center for
	       Computation and Visualization of	Geometric Structures
			       (The Geometry Center)
			      University of Minnesota

			 www.geomview.org

BUGS
       Sometimes core dumps on bad input files.

       Zoom and	scale have no inertia.

       Virtual spherical mode doesn't work on VGXes.

Geometry Center		       December	10, 1996		 Geomview(1gv)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | TUTORIAL | OPTIONS | GEOMETRY FILE FORMATS | STARTUP FILES | EXTERNAL MODULES | INSTALLING AN EXTERNAL MODULE | EXTERNAL MODULE INIT FILES | KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS | NOTES | SEE ALSO | FILES | ENVIRONMENT | AUTHORS | BUGS

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