First we need a bit of maths background to understand my problem.
I have a 3D display which originally is in the default position. Imagine
a vector (u,v,w) which is perpendicular to the xy-plane - that is, is
also parallel to the display's own z-axis. Now, I rotate the display and
this vector changes (with respect to the original vector, which I'm
The "problem" is that I have a cute little button which says "Auto
Rotate" and is supposed to auto-rotate the display around a fixed axis
(the *display's* z axis, in my case).
The code to do this is:
// get the proj. control matrix
double matrix = display.getProjectionControl().getMatrix();
// the rotation matrix
double mult = display.make_matrix(
where everything is zero, except rotZ = 1.0 and scale = 1.0
This is what rotates the display; when in a loop -> auto rotation:
The result of this is rotation around the original z-axis and not the
display's z (called here the w axis).
What I first need to do, is to use the projection matrix to apply a
transformation from (x,y,z) to (u,v,w)
(Proj.Matrix (3 x 3)) X (0,0,1) = (new rotation vector) = (x',y',z')
and then use x',y' and z' in my mult matrix above. Isn't that right?
Is there a way to do this in VisAD? (I mean, without using JAMA.)
Has anyone done that?
What am I doing wrong? (I mean, apart from programming gimmicks to
impress the public, rather than doing all the work pilling up on my desk ;-)
Thanks in advance.