This section is under development but I've
included a sample so you can see what is in the works. The
idea is to have 3D images that you can view and manipulate
in real time. You can zoom in and out move parts and see
the associated information. This will be a combination of
online plans and a builders manual.
The company that produces the software
contacted me and asked if I would like to let them build
some webpages of the Gnat using their software. Evidently
according to the company president I was the first person
who had tried to do this and they were thinking about how
it could be done themselves. Since they have a few people
who can work on this and they know how to make it work the
best it should be interesting to say the least to see the
results. When this happens the resulting pages will be access
through this page. In the mean time I've put a link to my
original sample page.
The sample page shows a typical bulkhead
used in the Gnat. You can clearly see the modular design
of it. If you take the time to play with it you can zoom
right into and of the parts as well as being able to rotate
any of them or the entire bulkhead. On the lower left corner
you can see the information associated with each part of
the bulkhead change as you click on each part.
If you want to look at the sample pages
you need to be aware of a few things. First the plugin only
works with Internet Explorer and then only with versions
4.5, 5, 5.5 and 6. The second thing is the plugin is roughly
300K in size. If you are not on a cable or DSL modem it
will take a few minutes for this to download and in the
meantime you will get a error if you try to do anything.
When I had put this page up originally to test it out there
were a few people who tried it on 28.8 modems. If they were
patient enough and had the right version of IE it worked
fine after downloading. Once you successfully download the
plugin and view this page you can come back and it will
then load like any other webpage. The plugin should stay
on your computer unless you clean it out. So when the on-line
plans/manual are here you can look at them without having
to repeat the process.
here to see demo page