WinXMorph is a
software program for creating realistic still or animated crystal
shapes (morphologies) from crystallographic data
(metric, (hkl) - Miller indices and central distances) as input and
*.wrl (VRML V2.0 utf8) files as output, that can
be inserted on web pages (see publications in J.
Appl. Cryst. 2005 and J.Appl. Cryst.
executable version is available free to end users.
Please consider making a donation of $30 to support
the lab and software.
Download this (Logo-free)
if you experience problems with the Cortona 5.1 VRML client on older computers.
Uninstall the newer version, install this one, and restart
computer. This Browser is well suited for presentations.
Download windows html-help to see what the
program does (1.39MB). (after download, open
properties to the file and unblock)
Tutorial on how to
add virtual reality to a PowerPoint presentation
Virtual Reality in Powerpoint (VRML
and Java; Presentation at the ACA 2007 meeting)
Author of the program and this text is Werner Kaminsky. He has a
research faculty position in the Department for Chemistry of the
University of Washington, Seattle in Washington, USA. Born in
Germany in 1959 going to school and after studying physics and then
crystallography under Professor Siegfried Haussuehl, a PhD and a
‘Habilitation’ inCologne he moved first to Oxford to work at the Clarendon
Laboratory in the Physical Crystallography Research Group of
Professor Mike Glazer where he got a call to join Professor Bart
Kahr in his research on dyed crystals and related phenomena. Half of
the time is now spend in solving X-ray structures for the
Department. The other half is dedicated to research and on rare
occasions to projects like this: writing programs mainly for
educational use. This is what Werner has to say about this program.
“This Program was started during my vacation over
the holidays in Cologne, Germany, winter 2003/2004. As such, it did
not waste salary or other funding while working on this program and
I want to share my pleasure of writing and using WinXMorph with
members of educational institutions and friends of crystal in
My reason of writing a program to generate
files of crystal morphologies is simple: there are almost no such
files on the internet (August.2004).This will most likely change
soon, and the beauty of crystal shapes will, so I hope, attract
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