August 27, 2012

iOrnament - The Art of Symmetry

Developer Quote: "iOrnament   is an app that is designed for drawing ornamental designs that are both artistically and mathematically fascinating."

- COST:     99 cents     - APP STORE STARS:     5
- Categories: Art, Education, Entertainment, Games, Math, Native, Science

Colorful, shifting, ever-changing kaleidoscopes have always fascinated me. Remember as a child those cylinders through which you could view colorful crystals which moved with your every rotation? Now with iOrnament - The Art of Symmetry, use your finger or stylus to create line segments or strokes, and the app repeats these in a pattern according to the 17 wallpaper groups included. Using this mathematical formula, amazingly colorful designs are drawn to delight all ages.

Still, this app is not just about playing mindless games! iOrnament also contains an interactive pop-up book that describes the mathematical backgrounds pertaining to the wallpaper groups. Some of the features of this beautiful, scientific, kaleidoscope universal iPhone and iPad app are as follows:

• Full support of all 17 wallpaper groups
• Artistic color palette and pen
• Glow pen to add highlights
• English and German language support
• Export to photos, e-mail and facebook
• Adjustable color palette
• Extensive collection of tips for usage
• Preview of symmetries and fundamental cells
• Animated drawing process
• Change symmetry type on the fly
• Scroll, zoom and rotate
• Interactive tutorial on math backgrounds
• Sampler of classical ornaments
• Based on mathematical theory

The design of iOrnament is based on the kind of stuff you see in science exhibitions. This kind of symmetrical and colorful creation is of great interest to child and adult both. The patterns are mesmerizing. The developer explains that, "Each infinite regular Ornament that has specific symmetry properties defined by its mirror axes, rotation centers and glide reflections, belongs to one of the wallpaper groups". Enjoy the gorgeous palette of colors and pens, and start making your own beautiful ornaments with intricate designs.

COOL CONCLUSION: iOrnament is a feast for the eyes of color, symmetry and design art. Gaze in wonder at your creations built on artistry, math and scientific formulas.
--Date/Version: Updated 8/17/12 - Version 1.2.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 5.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: Universal: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad.
--Developer: Jürgen Richter-Gebert

iOrnament - The Art of Symmetry

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