CubeTwister

CubeTwister is a companion to the Rubik's Cube. It is suited for beginners, cube lovers, speed-cubers and mathematicians.

You can use it as a tool to solve your scrambled cube, to document your collection of cubes, to describe your solution algorithms, and to analyse the permutations of cube parts.

CubeTwister 2.0 Screenshot

Features

Accurate 3D models

CubeTwister provides Accurate 3D models of Rubik's Cube 3x3, Pocket Cube 2x2, Revenge Cube 4x4, Professor Cube 5x5, V-Cube 6 6x6, V-Cube 7 7x7, Barrel Cube, Diamond Cube and Octahedron Cube. All models can have individual color schemes and can even be disassembled.
You can edit the models to reflect your personal collection of cubes.

Configurable Parser

CubeTwister has a configurable parser. The parser supports quarter-turn twists, half-turn-twists, rotations, permutations, inversions, reflections, repetitions, conjugations, commutations, and macros.
You can define your own notation, and you can translate between notations.

Database

CubeTwister has a database for scripts, maneuvers and pretty patterns.
Cubes, Notations, Scripts and Texts are organized in a tree structure.
The documents are saved in XML format and can be edited using other XML tools.
You can enter all your scripts and supportive documentation in CubeTwister

Solver

CubeTwister features a Kociemba Two-Phase Solver for Rubik's Cube 3x3 (derived from Greg Schmidt's KCube program). The solver generates scripts which are only two or three twists longer than the optimal solution.
You can enter an arbitrary state of the cube und let it solve, and you can optimise your scripts using the solver.

Publisher

Publish your scripts in the Internet. CubeTwister can create HTML pages with interactive Java applets for each cube design and cube script. Individual scripts can be exported as QuickTime movies and video still images.

License Fee

Use of CubeTwister and the cube applets is free under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 3.0.

If you have a feature request or if you want to honour my work on these program, send me a bottle of good wine.

System Requirements

  • Any operating system will do, including but not limited to Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris, Unix and Windows.
  • On some operating systems (esp. Windows) you have to install Java SE 6 before you can install CubeTwister (download Java from Javasoft)
  • 1024 MB of RAM
  • 30 MB of free disk space.

Downloads

CubeTwister 2.0.155.
 

Launch Installs and launches CubeTwister on all platforms.

7.6 MB

Mac OS X

Mac OS X
Alternative installation for Mac users: Disk image with CubeTwister application.

7.3 MB

Other

Pure Java
For people who don't like installers: CubeTwister Java archive.

6.4 MB

Other

CubeApplets
For web developers: This package contains the CubePlayer applets and VirtualCube applets.
New: The applets are now digitally signed to prevent security warnings.

14.3 MB

Other

Source Code
For programmers: Source code of CubeTwister and applets.

8.3 MB

Examples

Example HTML pages

These pages have been exported from CubeTwister.

How to solve the Rubik's Cube (YouTube video tutorial) by Hendrik Glowatzki
contains animations created with the video export function from CubeTwister.

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