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The Interactive Geometry Software: Cinderella, Version 1.2 Multimedia CD – July 20, 1999

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ISBN-13: 978-3540147190 ISBN-10: 3540147195

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"Cinderella: the interactive geometry software . Springer, 2000. $54.95. CD-ROM 1 disc; user manual of 150p.

Cinderella is a gem: this interactive geometry package offers an environment in which the user can do classic or original constructions with extreme accuracy and ease. Interactive exercises may be created and exported as Web pages, which include necessary Cinderella tools. Hints can be displayed after a specified time interval, and built-in automatic proving capability allows for an immediate check of student solutions. Drawings created are extremely accurate and can be exported as PostScript files. The authors explain, albeit in a sketchy fashion, what goes on behind the scenes in Cinderella constructions; for example, the models are based on Caley-Klein geometries. Cinderella allows constructions in Euclidean, hyperbolic, elliptic, and projective geometry. The fact that Cinderella is written entirely in JAVA allows for a high level of portability. The ease of both construction and exporting applets is amazing. Necessary run-time packages are provided and may be included when users post their constructions and exercises, as long as the use is not for profit. This package far outstrips its competitors (such as The Geometers Sketchpad, Cabrigeometry II) in capability and ease of use. The cost of this package is remarkably low, given its capabilities. A downloadable demo may be found from the publisher ( where one will also find a wealth of online documentation, examples, and support. Highly recommended for all teachers and students of geometry from high school through undergraduate level." --

Reviewed by R. L. Pour, Emory and Henry College - CHOICE magazine, 17.1.2001; for complete review see

"[...] The first thing that attracted me in Cinderella was its human interface.  [...] At this point you face one of the strongest features of Cinderella: its support of different geometric views. [...] Let me conclude with a good word about the software installation: It's a piece of cake. After 30 seconds or so, you can play."

Reviewed by G.Barequet, Technion Haifa - The Mathematical Intelligencer, Vol. 24, Number 4, 2002



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Product Details

  • CD-ROM: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Springer (July 20, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3540147195
  • ISBN-13: 978-3540147190
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,727,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ray spaulding on March 16, 2000
Format: CD-ROM
I have played around with other software for making geometric constructions, but this is by far the easiest to learn. The basic options are all listed for you at the top of the screen, so that they are easy to access and with a little practice very complex geometric designs can be easily created. Once your design has been created you can grab a point, move it around, and see the effect on other points in the design. The "locus" feature is fantastic for understanding how the motion of one point effects other points in the figure. Your control over point and line, color and size is outstanding. The line clipping function and the ability to make parts disappear while still playing their function makes it possible for you to create designs which demonstrate your ideas in a clear manner. The printed results, with respect to lines and circles, is for the most part outstanding. I congratulate the authors. The price is right. Buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven Coddington on January 18, 2002
Format: CD-ROM
Cinderella is very similar to Geometer's Sketchpad. There are some important differences. Cinderella uses more sophisticated algorithms to draw objects and therefore, some minor annoyances of Sketchpad are eliminated. In sketchpad, objects defined as the intersection of two circles may jump from one intersection to another under some conditions. This does not happen in Cinderella. The only shortcoming of Cinderella (in comparison to Sketchpad) is that Cinderella does not do computations. That is, you cannot display the product of two segment lengths. Cinderella works very smoothly, and is half the price of Sketchpad. I like them both, but would go for Cinderella based on price.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ulrich Kortenkamp on March 10, 2004
Format: CD-ROM
this is just an answer to the complaint found below. I am sorry for the current state of our website, but you should not mix-up our website with the support you get when you buy Cinderella. The web site is done in our spare time; the support is handled by Springer-Verlag. In your case, just contact Springer at -- they can help you with the Windows XP issues you are experiencing.
Ulli Kortenkamp (one of the authors of Cinderella)
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