The entry "Views" in the menu bar offers items for opening windows containing different views of a geometric construction. Each view is a kind of "projection" of the abstract configuration to some visible part of the computer screen. Usually you can create constructions and manipulations in any of the views. The changes are reported to the other views immediately. In particular, you can have several views of the same type (for instance two Euclidean views with different scales).
The views are also related to the different kinds of geometries. Which view is appropriate for which geometry is discussed in the section Views and Geometries.
The Euclidean view is the usual drawing surface. When Cinderella is started you will get a window containing a Euclidean view. It is the natural window for doing Euclidean geometry.
The Euclidean view has view-specific control buttons. They can be used for zooming and translation. Furthermore, they are used to control grids and snap points.
Translate mode: This mode allows the entire coordinate system to be translated. After you have selected this mode, you can move the view around while pressing the left mouse button.
Zoom in: With this mode you can zoom into the drawing. The operation is inverse to the zoom out operation. There are two ways of doing this:
Zoom out: With this mode you can zoom out the drawing. The operation is inverse to the zoom in operation. There are two ways of using this mode:
View all points: Pressing this button adjusts the current zoom settings in order to show all points of the construction.
Toggle square grid: Shows/hides a quadrangular grid on the view.
Toggle triangle grid: Shows/hides a triangular grid on the view.
Toggle axes: Shows/hides a coordinate system within the view.
Snap: Toggles "snap" mode. In this mode the grid points are magnetic and will attract the mouse. This is the ideal tool for exact drawings. When you first select this mode, the grid and axes are automatically shown. You can hide them again individually.
Fine grid: Gives the grid a higher density.
Coarse grid: Gives the grid a lower density.
The spherical view arises from a projection of the Euclidean plane onto the surface of a ball. The center of the projection is the center of the sphere. The plane does not pass through this center.
This projection maps each point to an antipodal pair of points on the sphere. Each line is mapped to a great circle (an equator) on the sphere. The incidence structure is preserved. Working with the spherical view allows elements at infinity to be manipulated. They lie on the boundary of the image of the unrotated sphere.
The spherical view is a natural way to represent elliptic geometry. Measurement of angles between lines corresponds to measuring angles on the sphere. Measuring distances corresponds to the usual geodesic measurement of distances on the sphere, keeping in mind that antipodal points are identified with each other.
Rotate: This mode allows the spherical ball to be rotated (after the projection). In this mode you can rotate the view by moving the mouse while keeping the left button pressed.
Home: This action resets the rotation of the spherical view to its original position. After a reset, the visible boundary of the ball corresponds to the line at infinity again.
The scale slider: This slider lets you control the distance from the sphere to the Euclidean plane. You can use this slider to find the proper magnification of the drawing.
The hyperbolic view is the natural view for hyperbolic geometry. In fact, doing hyperbolic geometry is the main reason for opening a hyperbolic view. The hyperbolic view represents an implementation of the Poincaré disk model of hyperbolic geometry. In this model the (finite part of the) hyperbolic plane is represented by a disk. Each line is represented by a circular arc that is orthogonal to the boundary of this disk. The measurement of angles between lines is conformal. This means that you can read off angles by measuring Euclidean angles between the circular arcs. The measurement of distances is such that the elements on the boundary are "infinitely far away" from any other point on the disk. If you "walk" in hyperbolic unit steps in one direction, you will never reach the boundary. In the disk, the steps seem to become smaller and smaller (in Euclidean measurement).
Polar Euclidean and Spherical Views
Polarity is an important concept of projective geometry. Because of the complete symmetry between lines and points, it is possible to turn every statement about incidences of points and lines into a corresponding "polar statement" in which the roles of points and lines are interchanged.
Cinderella offers two polar views for visualizing polarity. The polarity implemented in Cinderella is the polarity with respect to the identity matrix. In algebraic terms, we use the homogeneous coordinates of a point and interpret them as a line, and vice versa. Geometrically, this finds its easiest interpretation in the spherical view. Whenever you have a point, consider it as a "north pole"; the corresponding "equator" is its polar line. Whenever you have a line, consider it as an "equator"; the corresponding "north pole" is its polar point. The figure below shows a configuration in the spherical view and in the polar spherical view.
Polar view elements are selectable, but moving them is disabled. If you want to move elements, you have to control them in a primal view.
The construction text is a textual description of the construction steps. Each element of the geometric construction is represented by a row in the construction text window.
Each row shows a little icon that resembles the element it refers to. The icon is shown in the size, color, and shape of the element. This makes it easy to identify elements quickly.
The construction text consists of four columns. The first column shows the icons. The second column shows the labels of the geometric elements. These labels are unique identifiers within the construction. The third row explains how the element is defined. The fourth row represents the current value of the element. In most cases this is the present location with respect to the coordinate system. With the menu "Format" you can change how the locations or values of elements are shown.
The texts that appear in the "construction text" are exactly the three entries that can be referenced in text mode.
The four columns are separated by vertical lines. You can select these lines with the mouse to control the width of each column. If the text has too many rows for the window, a scrollbar at the right side of the window is available for scrolling.
In each view, a toolbar at the bottom displays view-specific operations. Those that are common to all views are described below.
Generate PDF: If you press this button, the contents of the view will be exported to a PDF file.
Choose the geometry: With these buttons you change the current geometry. All geometric constructions refer to this geometry. For a detailed discussion of geometries consult the chapters Geometries and Theoretical Background.
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