Hello!

I'm struggling with a coordinate-trigonometry-problem.

I'm trying to create a 2D-shape program in Java. The idea is that the user should be able to mark a couple of coordinates in a 2D-coordinate-system, which will be joined together with lines to form a shape of a figure.

One feature will be that the user can rotate the figure by an angle. All the coordinates of the shape should be recalculated and the figure should be rotated and re-drawn by the new coordinates.

My problem is that when I recalculate the coordinates the figure gets a bit deformed and does not exactly look like the original figure. My goal is of course that the figure will be able to rotate without getting derfomed.

When I look at other programs like 3D-studio max they are able to create a figure upon coordinates (the "spine" tool), as can I. But when they rotate their figures the figure stay in the orginal shape without any deformation.

Below I got a link to an image where this is described. The gray image is created by 3D-studio and the yellow is created by my program.

http://www.dsv.su.se/~fr-ander/rot.gif (You may have to click to enlarge the image in the browser.)

The image shows 6 gray images from 3D-studio max showing a figure rotated. The first image is the upper left one. It also shows 2 yellow images from my program. With 3D-studio max you can rotate the figure in any angle without any deformation. The images from my program shows the figure from the begining and after 72 rotations with 5 deg. As you can see the shape gets deformed.

The coordinate-system in my program is a regular x-axis, negative to the left and positive to the right. The y-axis is negative above the origo and positive below the origo.

The coordinates for the shapes are not exactly the same in the two programs, but I do not think that it matters to describe this problem. If you look at the last image you will see the deformation that I talk about.

For each rotation I use this formula, described below, in my program. All the coordinates are saved inside a list/array/vector, below I just refer to it like variables.

(Step 1-3 are only calculated once)

1) When the shape is created for the first time I get the center like this:

a) find the xMin and xMax by searching all the xValues of the coordinates

b) find the yMin and yMax by searching all the yValues of the coordinates

c) Get the xCenter like (xMax+xMin)/2

d) Get the yCenter like (yMax+yMin)/2

2) When the shape is created for the first time I calculate all the differenses between xCenter and xValues and between yCenter and yValues. I do this for all of the coordinates of the shape with this formula:

xDiff = xValues - xCenter

yDiff = yValues - yCenter

3) Now I'm able to find all the radius between the center coordinate (xCenter, yCenter) and all the coordinates of the shape with this formula:

radius = Math.sqrt( (xDiff^2*xDiff^2) + (yDiff^2*yDiff^2))

(Below (step 4-6) get repeated every time I rotate. I guess that I could do step 4 once, as above.)

4) Now I'm able to find the present angles like:

if(yDiff > 0)

{

angle = Math.acos( xDiff / radius );

}

else

{

angle = (2*Math.PI) - Math.acos( xDiff / radius )

}

5) Now I recalculate all the coordinates like:

xNew = xCenter + 1 * ( (xValue-xCenter) * Math.cos( ((2*Math.PI)/72)*dir ) - (yValue-yCenter) * Math.sin( ((2*Math.PI)/72) ) )

yNew = yCenter + 1 * ( (xValue-xCenter) * Math.sin( ((2*Math.PI)/72)*dir ) + (yValue-yCenter) * Math.cos( ((2*Math.PI)/72)) )

6) Since computer screens work with pixles I round each xNew and yNew to an integer. All other values is stored like "double" (numbers with decimals). If you are familiar with Java I use Math.round to get a proper integer.

For my figure I get these coordinates when the figure is created:

-40,-40

40,-40

40,40

8,68

-12,80

-28,72

-40,60

-60,40

-80,0

-40,-40

With the above formula I get these coordinates after 72 (may have been 73) rotations with 5 degr ((2*Math.PI)/72))

-35,-40

40,-40

41,36

-2,73

-12,81

-33,71

-47,55

-63,31

-81,4

-35,-40

So if you see what I'm doing wrong to cause the deformation of the shape/figure, please let me know. How do you think they do it in the 3D-studio max application? If they can do it, anyone can do it, I guess.

Best regards

Fredrik