Create your own customized view of 3-D Brain (and Body) Parts
by Jeff Stowell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Go to: http://lifesciencedb.jp/bp3d/
- To add a body part, just select from the body part navigation menu on the left, then select the name of the body part to add and click on the button “add.” I recommend you delete the default “bone” part by checking the box next to it and clicking on “Delete checked.”
- Add whatever body parts you want, then change the color and opacity of each part, so you can highlight certain parts. You can use the “image rotation” buttons at the top right of the screen to change the viewing angle.
- To save your customized body parts as an image, right-click on the body part image and select “Save image as...” (Firefox) or “Save picture as...” (Internet Explorer). The file is saved as a *.PNG image, which can be inserted into a PowerPoint presentation, or edited in many graphic software programs.
- If you want to get fancy and create an animated rotation through the different angles of view, then save an image of each view (this would result in 24 different images), convert the PNG images into a GIF format (I recommend a free, image conversion program called Free Photo Converter at http://www.pixelapp.com/). Then load each of the images into the free Microsoft GIF Animator program. Help for using this program can be found at: http://www-rohan.sdsu.edu/~bats/PDF/Students/WWW/Gifanimator.pdf
- Below are several animations that you can use in your courses. They will animate when placed on a PowerPoint slide and shown in “Slideshow View.” They will also animate when displayed on a web page. Finally, if you want to change the speed of animation, you can open and edit these animated GIFs using the free Microsoft GIF Animator program, mentioned above.
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