VBM is the result of a combination of a few different programming
languages. The top-level program is written in Python, an object
oriented scripting language (more information on Python can be found
at the Python Home Page). The 3D
rendering is done by DataViewer V2.0, a object oriented front end to
the OpenGL API also developed at the Laboratory for Computation and
Visualization in Mechanics. It can either be used as part of a
standard X11 development environment (for example wrapped in a Motif interface)
or as a Tk widget. This combination allows custom C++
modules to easily be written which perform general geometry rendering
and computational tasks while the GUI design and basic data handling
is performed in the scripting language. VBM supports animation,
stereo viewing, the Logitech Magellan 6D mouse, as well as
output to VRML.
VBM is available in binary form on the following architectures.
- Solaris 2.5
- Irix 6.2
- Linux 2.x
OpenGL versions are available for each of the above
architectures. Versions using the OpenGL like library
are also available if you don't have an OpenGL capable machine.
Please contact Randy Paffenroth for
information on obtaining a copy.
The code can now be accessed through a CVS read-only repository. Note:
this shows the current state of development of the program and is not
a packaged distribution.
The current distribution package is now available.
See the README file in the distribution for installation instructions.
Note that this is the first public release of VBM and all of the
installation problems have not been worked out yet. VBM has
several requirements that are delineated in the README file.
If you are able to get it to install on an unlisted system
we would really like to know.
The current version of VBM uses AUTO (by Eusebius J. Doedel, et. al.)
as one of it's computational engines.
Dr. Doedel has kindly allowed us to distribute his program
from this web site. For additional information you may look at the
references in the BiBTex file
available on these web pages.
Finally the newest version of this program is available directly
Randy Paffenroth email@example.com