[R] 3D package in R

E97249@edu.essec.fr E97249 at edu.essec.fr
Sat Jan 6 14:47:55 CET 2001

Hi all,

I am considering writing a 3D visualisation package for R. 

- Visualise 3 dimension data 
- Manipulate the data or series or any other object with the mouse as in any 3D software (3D Studio Max, Lightwave...)
- Eventually display more than just 3D objects.

- It's always interesting to plot data before performing any analysis
- Manipulating (rotating, zooming) can give hints on critical facts blind analysis would take ages to reveal
- Up until now, the best solution to display 4D or more objects is to use KATIA, which really is a CAD (Computer Assisted Design) software. It seems the workarounds chosen by this program are the best available. But KATIA was initially made by Dassault aviation to design Combat aircrafts... So it's extremely heavy and doesn't run on my K6-2 (to say the least).

So I guess it would be a good thing to bring the KATIA method to R because few poeple have had the opportunity to use it despite its quality

- Has anyone heard of such a thing already existing?
- Who thinks this is a bad idea and why?
- What other extensions or interests would like to see in such a project?
- Is anyone interested in actually working on this project with me?

Concise specifications:
- If you want to know what gave me this idea, www.blender.nl. It's a 3D suite that's very similar to the more renowned ones, but it's extremely light (1Mo download) and it's free. You can create objects and move them around very easily.
- It would be written with opengl or mesagl, either in C or in Fortran.

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