Cavendish Screensaver

1.3 24 Sep 2009

Visualizes gravitational forces shaping our universe.

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Developer website: Benjamin Blonder

The Cavendish Screensaver beautifully visualizes the gravitational forces shaping our universe, accurately predicting and drawing the paths of celestial bodies as their masses attract each other. The screensaver generates a 3D universe with randomly distributed bodies and then uses OpenGL to display the evolution of the system due to gravity. Solar systems with multiple stable planetary orbits often form, as do unstable ones with many gravity slingshots, binary stars, and other interesting features. Regardless of the result, Cavendish is guaranteed to produce a compelling and accurate visualization.

The screensaver is fully customizable, with support for user modification of nineteen different parameters varying from the number of bodies to be simulated all the way to a switch for drawing velocity and acceleration vectors. Furthermore, the screensaver supports loading and saving of different configuration files to allow favorite systems to be reused.

This is the screensaver module for the full-featured gravitational dynamics visualization tool, Cavendish.

What's New

Version 1.3:
  • Now compatible with OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
  • Updated URL

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6 or later

Ratings

Overall
(4)
Current Version (1.x)
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Details

Downloads
14,115
Version Downloads
3,784
Type
Utilities / Screen Savers
License
Free
Date
24 Sep 2009
Platform
Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price
Free