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FAQ

I have a puzzle in my hands, how to solve it?
How much moves will it take to solve my puzzle?
The software does not work, what shall I do?
What are the different functionalities of the software?
Can I modify the angle of view of the puzzle?
What is the size of a puzzle?
What are the available geometrical forms?
How to paint myself the puzzle's facets?
How to run a solving?
What is the use of the sliders at the bottom?
What do the numbers at the top mean during a solving?
How can I change the colors ?

I have a puzzle in my hands, how to solve it?

It is mainly to help solving a real puzzle that this software was conceived. It knows how to solve among others the classical Rubik's cube (cube of size 3), the junior cube (size 2), the master cube (size 4), the professor cube (size 5), the pyraminx (tetrahedron of size 3), the 6 colors or 12 colors megaminx (dodecahedron of size 2), the skewb cube and the skewb ultimate.
Solving is done in three steps : first you have to select the right puzzle, then enter in the software the actual configuration of the puzzle by painting its facets, and finally ask to solve.

1.Selecting the right puzzle :

- In the menu "Change puzzle", select the geometrical form you want and the size you want.
Or
- Press one of the buttons on the left for the most common puzzles :


What is the size of a puzzle?
What are the available geometrical forms?

2.Entering the puzzle configuration :

- Click on the "Paint facets" button represented by a brush and colors :


Or
- In the menu "Actions", click on "Paint facets"

A facet is highlighted and waits for you to give it a color by clicking on one of the colored buttons on the right side.
When you gave it a color, we go to the next one etc...

If you can't find the color you need, you can change the colors by clicking on this button : (see also : how can I change the colors ?)

It is possible to correct a mistake by clicking on "Back" at the top (arrow to the left) :


It is also possible to go to the next facet by clicking on "Next" (arrow to the right) :

When you paint the last facet, the software automatically checks if the entered configuration is solvable.
If not, the software tells "Impossible" and you have to look for the mistake by getting back.
If it is solvable, the last facet gets back to its place and the step is over.

3.Solving :

- Click on the "Solve" button represented by a mixed up cube, an arrow and a solved cube :


Or
- In the menu "Solve", click on "Solve".

The software finds out a set of moves that enables to solve the entered configuration and shows in the top-left corner the number of moves needed for the solving (What do the numbers at the top mean during a solving?).

You just have to click on the "Next" button (arrow to the right) as many times as needed so that the software shows you one by one the moves to do to solve your puzzle. You just have to reproduce these moves on your real puzzle and to let the software guide you :


You can also press the "Play/Pause of solving" button so that the software shows the rotations one after the other without waiting for you to do anything.
Press again the same button to come back to the step by step mode :

It is possible to set the rotation speed thanks to the slider at the bottom called "Speed". Right is faster, left is slower. You can also set the enlargement factor applied to each rotation (What are the sliders at the bottom useful to?).

Finally, if you miss a move, you can get back by pressing the "Back" button at the top (arrow to the left) :

Done! Your puzzle, which had resisted you so much, is solved!!!

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How much moves will it take to solve my puzzle?

You will find here statistics on each puzzle implemented in the software, characterized by its geometrical form and its size (size being understood with this meaning) :
-The number of colored facets this puzzle has ;
-The mean number of moves needed to solve this puzzle (statistics made on 1000 puzzles on which were applied 10000 random rotations) ;
-The maximum number of moves needed to solve this puzzle.

Geometrical form

Size

Also known as

Facets number

Solving (mean)

Solving (max.)

Cube

2

Junior cube

24

31 moves

48 moves

Cube

3

Classical Rubik's cube

54

120 moves

199 moves

Cube

4

Master cube

96

424 moves

604 moves

Cube

5

Professor cube

150

751 moves

1072 moves

Cube

6

 

216

1221 moves

1672 moves

Tetrahedron

2

 

16

3 moves

4 moves

Tetrahedron

3

Pyraminx

36

26 moves

53 moves

Tetrahedron

4

 

64

74 moves

134 moves

Tetrahedron

5

 

100

171 moves

280 moves

Tetrahedron

6

 

144

347 moves

549 moves

Tetrahedron

7

 

196

521 moves

806 moves

Dodecahedron

2

6 or 12 colors Megaminx

132

337 moves

535 moves

Skewb Cube

2

Skewb Cube

30

33 moves

52 moves

Skewb Ultimate

2

Skewb Ultimate

48

45 moves

79 moves

Octahedron

2

Skewb Diamond

32

23 moves

42 moves

Octahedron

3

 

72

206 moves

311 moves

Octahedron

4

 

128

439 moves

643 moves

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The software does not work, what shall I do?

1. Check if Java is installed. To check that, you can go in the program files and check if there is a folder named Java.
If Java is not on your computer, here is an Internet link to install the JRE (Java Runtime Environment) : http://www.java.com/en/download/
2. Check if Java3D is properly installed. If you donwloaded the zip version of the software, you need to install Java3D. To check that, you can go in the Java folder and see if there is a Java3D sub-folder. If not, here is an Internet link to install the latest version of Java3D, which adds new functionalities to Java enabling to display 3d : http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/tech/index-jsp-138252.html.
3. If it still does not work, do not hesitate to send us an

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What are the different functionalities of the software?

The software functionalities are available in the menus "Actions" and "Solve".
-"Reinitialize" : takes back the puzzle in "solved" state, with the default angle of view.


-"Randomly mix up" : mixes up the puzzle by applying 10 000 random rotations. You can also press this button :


-"Paint facets" : enables you to enter a precise state of the puzzle, a precise colors configuration , in order mainly to make the software solve a real puzzle you have in your hands (How to paint myself the puzzle's facets?). You can also press this button :


-"Solve" : shows you the set of moves to do to solve the actual colors configuration (obtained either by direct entry of a configuration by the menu "Paint facets", or by a random mix up): How to run a solving?. You can also press this button :


-"Get to this pattern" : shows the set of moves to do from a solved puzzle to get to the actual colors configuration (obtained either by direct entry of a configuration by the menu "Paint facets", or by a random mix up).

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Can I modify the angle of view of the puzzle?

Yes, you just have to press the mouse button and move it.
It is possible at anytime in the software, except when you are painting the color facets.

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What is the size of a puzzle?

The size of a puzzle is the number of pieces in which the ridges of this puzzle are divided. Some examples :

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What are the available geometrical forms?

The available geometrical forms are for now the cube (enabling to solve the rubik's cubes of all existing sizes : junior cube with size 2, classical cube with 3, master cube with 4, professor cube with 5), the tetrahedron (enabling to solve the pyraminx with size 3), the dodecahedron of size 2 (enabling to find how to solve the 6 colors or 12 colors megaminx), the skewb cube, the skewb ultimate and the octahedron (enabling to solve the skewb diamond with size 2).

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What is the use of the sliders at the bottom?

The top slider, called "Speed", is useful to set the rotations speed during a solving. Right is faster, left is slower.
The bottom slider, called "Enlargement" is used to set the enlargement factor used during rotations. Indeed, during a rotation, the moving slice size is multplied by this factor in order to well highlight it to the user eyes.

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What do the numbers at the top mean during a solving?

The first number is the number of the running move. The second one is the total number of moves needed to get where it was asked.

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How can I change the colors ?

You can click on this button :

You can then click on the color you want to change :

A window opens and you can choose au new color :

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