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Small Stella 5.3

Small Stella is a Other tool for Home & Hobby, by Robert Webb. Small Stella is a useful and easy to use application designed to let you view over 300 built-in polyhedra, which can be rotated on the screen.

Robert Webb
Run on OS:
Windows All
File type:
File size:
3.1 MB
Updated on:
Apr 11, 2014
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Softmenu rating: 6/10

Small Stella 5.3 Reviews - by Softmenu Editor

It is one of the best Other software that I have ever used for Home & Hobby.


Software Description - by Publisher

This software description is given by Robert Webb - the software publisher/developer, and almost no changes made by softmenu.

Full Description see below:

Small Stella is a useful and easy to use application designed to let you view over 300 built-in polyhedra, which can be rotated on the screen.

Then you can print out nets to build your own physical model! Just print the nets, cut them out, and glue them together.

Small Stella key features:

  • Rotate polyhedra on the screen by dragging the mouse with the left button down. Continuous rotation is also possible by releasing the button while still dragging the mouse.
  • Zoom in and out on polyhedra by dragging the mouse with the right button down
  • Polyhedron faces may be exploded apart by dragging the mouse with the left button down and the Shift & Ctrl keys pressed
  • Built-in models
  • Platonic solids (see photos)
  • Archimedean solids (see photos)
  • Kepler-Poinsot solids (see photos)
  • Convex Prisms and antiprisms (see photos)
  • Johnson solids (non-uniform regular-faced convex polyhedra, see example photos)
  • "Near misses" (models that are almost Johnson solids)
  • Stewart toroids (regular-faced polyhedra with holes, see example photos), and Stewart's G3, Z4, X and K4' models
  • Five popular compounds (5 cubes, 5 octahedra, 2/5/10 tetrahedra)
  • A collection of geodesic domes (including geodesic spheres and geodesic hemispheres)
  • Duals of the above polyhedra. (Lookup dual in glossary)
  • Nets: (Lookup net in glossary)
  • Print out nets for building any of the above polyhedra. You just tell it how big the final model should be
  • Nets may be grouped by colour for printing onto different coloured paper, or colours may be mixed for use with a colour printer
  • Nets may be viewed folding and unfolding in 3D
  • Put images (e.g. photos or drawings) on the faces of polyhedra. Interactively position, rotate and size them. Then print out nets which include the images. Make a paper dodecahedron with your friends' faces on the sides
  • Show spheres at the vertices and cylinders along the edges, each with metallic, stone or wooden finishes
  • An information window tells you how many faces/vertices/edges a model has, as well as lots of other useful data, such as how many edges you will have to cut/fold/glue to make a paper model
  • Compounds of polyhedra with their duals may be viewed (no nets)
  • Symmetries of any model may be displayed graphically
  • Six different techniques for morphing between dual polyhedra may be viewed in real-time
  • Polyhedra may be viewed in stereoscopic 3D, by using red-green or red-blue glasses, or with the stereo pair side by side for cross-eyed or wall-eyed viewing
  • Vertex figures (with Dorman Luke construction of the dual face) may be viewed and printed
  • Advanced features like measuring the distance between points on a model, and manually tweaking the nets created
  • Multi-level undo/redo
  • An intuitive interface means it is both powerful and easy to use
  • Upgrade to Great Stella later

Supported Operating System:

Windows All

Running requirements

Need not extra requirement except the OS environments mentioned above.


  • Morphing between duals is only permitted for a few models
  • You can't customize transitions
  • Only one image at a time can be loaded and displayed on faces
  • Only the cube may be exported as DXF, POV-Ray, VRML, OBJ and OF

    Tested virus free - Small Stella has been tested to be a safe software on Apr 11, 2014.

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