The kinemage: a tool for scientific communication.
A "kinemage" (kinetic image) is a scientific illustration presented as an interactive computer display. Operations on the displayed kinemage respond within a fraction of a second: the entire image can be rotated in real time, parts of the display can be turned on or off, points can be identified by selecting them, and the change between different forms can be animated. A kinemage is prepared and specified by the author(s) of a journal article, in order to better communicate ideas that depend on three-dimensional information. The kinemages are distributed as plain text files of commented display lists and accompanying explanations. They are viewed and explored in an open-ended way by the reader using a simple graphics program, such as the one described here (called MAGE), which presently runs on Macintosh computers. A utility (called PREKIN) helps authors prepare the kinemages. Kinemages are being implemented under the auspices of the Innovative Technology Fund.
Richardson, DC; Richardson, JS
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