May 23, 2007  8:30 pm
Hi all,
I’ve just uploaded a set of quaternion helper objects for Max. You
can find more info here:
http://www.maxobjects.com/?v=libraries&id_library=111
OSX (UB) and Windows.
Enjoy!
Graham

Quaternion helper objects. Convert between quaternion, Euler,
cartesian and axis/angle representations.
quat
"Represent, store and transform a quaternion"
"The mul messsage, with a quaternion argument, rotates the stored
quaternion by the argument. bang outputs the stored value. reset sets
it to zero rotation. quat takes an optional int argument – how often
quaternions are normalized. Reduce to improve object efficiency, but
increase to avoid floating point error creeping into the angles.
Default every 30 operations."
axis2quat
Convert an axis/angle rotation (e.g. the output of jit.gl.handle) to
quaternion
euler2quat
Convert Euler rotations (azimuth/elevation/tilt or heading/attitude/
bank or yaw/pitch/roll) to quaternion
quat2axis
Convert quaternion to axis/angle rotation (e.g. most jit.gl rotate
arguments)
quat2car
Select a unit vector in the quaternion rotation
quat2car returns a unit vector representing a principal axis of the
rotation, which can be useful to accumulate positions of moving
objects for example. Argument ‘x’, ‘y’, ‘z, ‘x’, ‘y’ or ‘z’
specifies which axis is the ‘front’
quat2euler
Convert quaternion to Euler angles (azimuth/elevation/tilt or heading/
attitude/bank or yaw/pitch/roll). NOTE: there is a loss of
information in the conversion from quaternion to Euler angles. This
behaviour is matched by the original Shoemake algorithm.
quatpov
Rotate a cartesian point by a quaternion