Great software for Tilings, Patterns, Symmetry
A list of interactive, visual, easy-to-use software or tilings and patterns.
A tutorial on everything about hexagonal grids. Coordinate system, finding path, etc.
Kali (wallpaper symmetry)
http://www.geometrygames.org/Kali/index.html Windows Mac OS 9
Kali by Jeff Weeks. It is a interactive program for drawing figures of plane symmetry.
[Computer Graphics and Geometric Ornamental Design By Craig S Kaplan. At https://cs.uwaterloo.ca/~csk/other/phd/]
Geometry: Plane Tiling Mathematica Package
PlaneTiling is a Mathematica package for tiling and symmetry illustrations. Author is Xah Lee (me). Requires Mathematica to run.
For more programs that does symmetry or tiling related topic, see Wallpaper groups: References and Related Web Sites .
Mac OS 9
RepTiles v.2.0.1 is a plane tiling shareware written by two mathematicians Daniel H Huson and ?.
The program is capable of generating all possible periodic tiling of the plane.
By the words of the authors:
… for interactively designing and systematically generating periodic 2-dimensional tilings and patterns, study symmetry and 2-dimensional geometry, if you are a mathematician, enumerate possible 2-dimensional crystal-structures, if you are a crystallographer or chemist, design complex and interesting patterns, if you are a designer, or explore a whole new world of fascinating periodic structures, if you are, well, just interested.
This program is a bit mathematical, but can be fun for layperson.
It is a rare tool for crystallographer and mathematicians.
(Note: This program is from 1995 era.
The software downloaded from the ftp site is missing data files, making the software not usable.
I don't have a copy of it.)
Bob (Penrose tiling)
Bob is a Windows program that does Penrose tilings, by Stephen Collins at http://www.stephencollins.net/Penrose/Default.aspx Windows
Tyler is a Java applet that draw tilings. It is written by Melinda Green and Don Hatch.
Escher Web Sketch
Escher Web Sketch. This is a Java program that lets user interactively draw symmetrical patterns. By Wes Hardaker and Gervais Chapuis.
http://www.peda.com/tess/Welcome.htmlMac OS 9 Windows
Tess is a symmetry-drawing program made by Pedagoguery Software Inc. Available for Mac and Windows.