SpiroAnim get JDK 1.1


SpiroAnim is a Java 1.1 Component that displays an animation of a SpiroGraph. It's very easy to use. Just construct a SpiroAnim object and add it to a Container. The animation will start automatically. The animation thread has a low priority so it will not disturb important threads.

The component is ideal to be displayed in an applet while the user is waiting for some data to be loaded.

What is a Spirograph?

A Spirograph is formed by rolling a circle inside or outside of another circle. The pen is placed at any point on the rolling circle. If the radius of fixed circle is R, the radius of moving circle is r, and the offset of the pen point in the moving circle is O, then the equation of the resulting curve is defined by:

    x = (R+r)*cos(t) - (r+O)*cos(((R+r)/r)*t)
    y = (R+r)*sin(t) - (r+O)*sin(((R+r)/r)*t)

SpiroAnim draws a line between points defined by t and t+1. Then between the points defined by t+1 and t+2 and so on.

How to use this component in your applications?

It is very easy to use the SpiroAnim. Just add the component to a panel and you're off. This can be done like this:
    SpiroAnim sa = new SpiroAnim();

The number of lines can be set in the constructor. Below there are three SpiroAnims having 10, 25 and 50 lines.

You can also define the SpiroAnim's behaviour when it is clicked. The constructor to set this looks like this:

SpiroAnim sa = SpiroAnim(true); //default You need a Java 1.1 compatible browser.
SpiroAnim sa = SpiroAnim(false);

Further info:

You can look in the javadoc file or in the source code if you want to know more or use the SpiroAnim. You can also download the whole applet.
Made by Jos van den Oever, February 3, 1998