Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

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Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby AlexGeorg » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:19 pm

With the mouse you can manipulate the Virtual Rubik's Cube as simply and easily as real.

The main difference between the program and the real Rubik's Cube
is that you can define yourself the dimension of the Virtual Rubik's Cube.

That is, while a real Rubik's Cube always has the same dimension, the Virtual Rubik's Cube can have a dimension of 2x2x2,
or 3x3x3 or 5x5x5 (see picture) or 12x12x12 or 20x20x20...
or even 200x200x200, ..., 1000x1000x1000 etc.

Additionally, there is a very interesting possibility to write a script that determines the rotation of the layers of Virtual Rubik's Cube.
In fact, the writing of these scripts is the most exciting way to get an idea about the basics of programming!

You can freely download the Best Virtual Rubik's Cube program from the download page:
http://www.rossprogrammproduct.com/rubiks_cube/about_rubiks_cube.htm
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Re: Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby borginator2 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 7:00 am

Looks interesting. Any Windows users care to comment on how it works?

btw, any product that uses the phrase "Rubik's cube" and includes a copyright statement should (in my opinion, and I'm not sure if it is a legal requirement or not) also include a statement about ownership of the name "Rubik's cube".
Please take off topic discussion off this forum. Thanks.
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Re: Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby Sharkretriver » Mon Aug 13, 2012 1:04 pm

borginator2 wrote:Looks interesting. Any Windows users care to comment on how it works?

btw, any product that uses the phrase "Rubik's cube" and includes a copyright statement should (in my opinion, and I'm not sure if it is a legal requirement or not) also include a statement about ownership of the name "Rubik's cube".

Rubik's cube is now more of a generic term for twisty puzzle.

I've installed it. Not really what I was expecting...doesn't mean I can do any better.
The ones in bold should be fixed.
1. The program is in bad english (creator likely russian as it offers that as second choice)
2. The scramble is terribly slow. (1 turn/5 seconds) You can't even do anything during scramble (e.g. change options, exit program)
3. The default background changes colour every 5 seconds. I think people would prefer the plain blue one.
4. The default colours of the cube are not standard (BOY scheme) (The option to change colours are low-quality, i.e. 3 textboxes for each colour instead of a colourbox)
5. No sound effects
6. No move undo
7. No timer OR move count
8. Turning controls are hard to use!
9. Documentation on script not provided so I don't know what to put in.
10. Beginning gives a link to the website in fancy effects making it look even more "fake".
11. The scramble uses high CPU! (There is an option to change speed)
12. When I rotate a slice it rotates it by 180 instead of 90.

I wouldn't say this is the best Rubik's cube. (BestRubiksCube.exe wouldn't work here) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYI32VoTw54 This is the one that people usually use and is your competitor for "best".
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Re: Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby AlexGeorg » Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:08 pm

Dear Sharkretriver!

The whole world knows who invented the Rubik's Cube so that the expression "Rubik's Cube" is the world-famous trademark itself!

The program has the full Undo - Redo options - please press the right mouse button - you will see!
Or use the U key to undo and R key to redo.

Similarly, you can easily change the angle of rotation of the slices.

You can easily change the rotational speed of the slices in the Options dialog box.
Also you can adjust the rotation of the scene to your liking. (You have to Enable - Disable the Post Rotation options)
Also you can use Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys for the rotation of the scene.
Turning controls are very easy to use!

I tested the program on the processors from 750 MHz up to 2GHz, the program worked fine!
1 turn/5 seconds - this is incredibly! It seems that your CPU is too slow.
Please let me know what your Windows version?

In the program there are no music, sounds etc., because my goal was - to make a minimal distribution program -
I can not overload the CPU of the my server. For this reason, the distribution had not been included help files.
The size of distribution program is 82 kb only - it is really best, it is World record!

I have called program "The Best " because in fact, I never met Rubik's Cube simulator of comparable quality.
And all of my friends also did not see anything better than my program!
I have a dozen programs - virtual Rubik's Cube, there are good, but most - of extremely low quality.
All my friends think that my program is really the best in World.

Please let me know where I can take the Rubik's Cube from gabbasoft.com?
In the video, this cube is extremely ugly!
http://www.gabbasoft.com/download.htm - link to this website in fancy effects making it look even more "fake".

I am really Russian, and I am using the Google translator now, please, excuse me for mistakes!
Good luck!
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Re: Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby Zeotor » Tue Aug 14, 2012 3:16 pm

AlexGeorg wrote:Please let me know where I can take the Rubik's Cube from gabbasoft.com?

This page lists some places where you can download the program.
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Re: Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby Sharkretriver » Tue Aug 14, 2012 4:10 pm

The program has the full Undo - Redo options - please press the right mouse button - you will see!
Or use the U key to undo and R key to redo.
Does it say that anywhere in the program? ^_~ (Well a help file should be included, still)

Also you can use Left Arrow, Right Arrow, Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys for the rotation of the scene.
Turning controls are very easy to use!
I find it harder compared to gabbasoft (drag), ultimate magic cube (click), and the ipod Rubik's app (drag), since I've become used to them.

I tested the program on the processors from 750 MHz up to 2GHz, the program worked fine!
1 turn/5 seconds - this is incredibly! It seems that your CPU is too slow.
Please let me know what your Windows version?
Win7 Pentium 4, and I think it's within that range of 750-2000. Anyway, it's the speed the turning was before I went to options menu.

In the program there are no music, sounds etc., because my goal was - to make a minimal distribution program -
I can not overload the CPU of the my server. For this reason, the distribution had not been included help files.
The size of distribution program is 82 kb only - it is really best, it is World record!
Well that's impressive. ^^ In my opinion, minimal would be well...you can imagine. Also, wouldn't a help file .txt only be a few kb more? Also, the background is really distracting. Watch out for the colours...I think more people would be used to the program starting with a cube using these colours: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b9/Western_color_scheme_of_a_Rubik%27s_Cube.svg/280px-Western_color_scheme_of_a_Rubik%27s_Cube.svg.png
Also, make sure that the program can cancel the scramble!


I have called program "The Best " because in fact, I never met Rubik's Cube simulator of comparable quality.
And all of my friends also did not see anything better than my program!
Have they tried any other cube sim programs?
I have a dozen programs - virtual Rubik's Cube, there are good, but most - of extremely low quality.
Low quality because of turning or looks? (just wondering) Also, can you pass a few examples?

Please let me know where I can take the Rubik's Cube from gabbasoft.com?
In the video, this cube is extremely ugly!
So you're going for a more realistic cube, I see.
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Re: Best Virtual Rubik's Cube - new free program

Postby AlexGeorg » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:57 pm

Dear Sharkretriver!

In my program you can easily change all settings: absolutely all colors, background,
scene rotation speed, slices rotation speed, etc., and change all it only once,
all your settings will saved in the registry of your computer!

Many thanks for the info about Gabbasoft’s Rubik's Cube.
http://www.speedsolving.com/wiki/index.php/Gabbasoft#Cube_Demo_download_mirrors - note that most of the links here - unavailable! (It seems me that all the direct links are invalid.)
In my opinion – it is a program of good MIDDLE quality.
Cube not enough realistic, you can not rotate a layer with a simple mouse click, you can not turn several slices at once, as I have.
Turning controls are hard to use - it is my opinion.
You can not change the range of vision, colors, background. The maximum dimension of a cube 20x20x20 only.
The size of distribution program is huge! Finally you can not write a script that determines the rotation of the slices of the cube.

Why does my program do not have a timer - stopwatch?
Because, in my opinion, the Rubik's Cube - it's not sports equipment.
For me, Rubik's Cube is a highly original and ingenious model to demonstrate complex mathematical concepts!

Anyway, thank you very much for the constructive criticism!
I will try to take into account all your comments and suggestions in the next version of the program.

Awfully sorry for possible mistakes in this message!
Good luck!
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