Cinderella (software)

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The Interactive Geometry Software Cinderella
Original author(s) Jürgen Richter-Gebert and Ulrich Kortenkamp
Initial release 1998 (1998)
Stable release Cinderella.2 2.8 build 1685 / September 19, 2013; 6 months ago (2013-09-19)
Preview release Cinderella 2.8 build 1685 / September 19, 2013; 6 months ago (2013-09-19)
Development status released
Written in Java
Operating system Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Solaris
Platform Java
Available in English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese
Type Interactive geometry software
License Proprietary
Website http://cinderella.de/

Cinderella is a proprietary interactive geometry software, written in Java programming language.

History[edit]

Cinderella was initially developed by Jürgen Richter-Gebert and Henry Crapo and was used to input incidence theorems and conjectures for automatic theorem proving using the binomial proving method by Richter-Gebert. The initial software was created in Objective-C on the NeXT platform.

In 1996, the software was rewritten in Java from scratch by Jürgen Richter-Gebert and Ulrich Kortenkamp. It still included the binomial prover, but was not suitable for classroom teaching as it still was prototypical. This version won the Multimedia Innovation Award at Learntec '97 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Due to this attention the German educational software publisher Heureka-Klett and the scientific publisher Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, agreed to produce a commercial version of the software. The school version of Cinderella 1.0 was published in 1998, including about 150 examples, animations and exercises created with Cinderella, the university version was released in 1999.

In 2006, a new version of Cinderella, Cinderella.2, was published in an online-only version. The printed manual for the now current version 2.6 has been published by Springer-Verlag in 2012.

In 2013, the pro version of Cinderella has been made freely available.

Features[edit]

Interactive geometry and analysis takes place in the realm of euclidean geometry, spherical geometry or hyperbolic geometry. It includes a physics simulation engine (with real gravity on Apple computers) and a scripting language. An export to blog feature allows for a 1-click publication on the web of a figure. It is currently mainly used in Universities in Germany but its ease of use makes it suitable for usage at primary and secondary level as well.

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This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.