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Stella 5.0 finally released!

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:07 pm
by robertw
I've finally released a major new upgrade to the Stella line of software.

It's been over 4.5 years since the last update, and over 5.5 years since the last major release! I started too many things and it took forever to pull it all back together again and tie up all the loose ends, but finally it's ready.
  • Tabs on nets at last! Single-tab or double-tab methods.
  • Animated transitions between models.
  • Polyhedral slideshows called tours.
  • Export animated videos.
  • Much improved Measurement Mode.
  • New morph views.
  • Step through valid facetings.
  • Many more 4D scaliforms.
  • 4D step prisms and gyrochora.
  • plus much more.
Read about the changes and see new screenshots below:

Let us know what you think of it!

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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:35 pm
by EvilGnome6
Thank you so much for including tabs in the latest version. Is there any way to make them less faint? They're basically invisible when printed on dark paper and I've had to resort to drawing them by hand again (which makes me sad because I know they're there).

Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 1:22 pm
by robertw
I made the tabs a little lighter to distinguish them, but tried not to make them much lighter. But then I try to avoid dark paper as much as possible!

Currently the shade of tabs can't be changed, but you could try the following. In the Print Options dialog find the Line Widths section and change Edges to a value greater than 1. This will make the lines thicker, and thus easier to see. Printers are high enough resolution that you can probably make the lines 5 pixels wide and it will still be a thin enough line to be accurate. It will however make all the lines thicker, not just the tab lines.


Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 9:14 pm
by EvilGnome6
Thanks, Rob. I will give that a try.