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SketchyDynamics: A Sketch-Based Library for the Development of Physics Simulation Applications

Abílio Costa
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Portugal

João Pereira
Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Portugal

Abstract:
Sketch-based interfaces provide a powerful, natural and intuitive way for users to interact with an application. By combining a sketch-based interface with a physically simulated environment, an application offers the means for users to rapidly sketch a set of objects, like if they are doing it on piece of paper, and see how these objects behave in a simulation. In this paper we present SketchyDynamics, a library that intends to facilitate the creation of applications by rapidly providing them a sketch-based interface and physics simulation capabilities. SketchyDynamics was designed to be versatile and customizable but also simple. In fact, a simple application where the user draws objects and they are immediately simulated, colliding with each other and reacting to the specified forces, can be created with only 3 lines of code.

 

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