INFO AND REQUIREMENTS

ABOUT POLYTUT

 

Polytut was created in response to a lack of engaging and unified resource material on the subject of polygon modelng. It represents the focus of a PhD project in which Polytut was developed, tested by students and refined over two years.

 

The developer of Polytut has a passion for digital games and understands the potential of web-based, 3D runtime systems as educational tools. By making the most of new game and web technology Polytut provides a fun, accessible  and beneficial learning experience for students of 3D design.

 

Inevitably, new tech presents new problems so please read the requirements section on this page for hints on how to get the most out of Polyut. If you're having issues and can't find a solution here please make contact.

 

 

GET IN TOUCH

 

If you have any bugs to report, suggestions, requests, have found erroneous information or would like to know more about the research Polytut underpins write to the supplied email address. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

 

info@polytut.com

UPDATING POLYTUT

 

Occasionally an update will be required. Keep an eye on the version control in the bottom left-hand corner of the login screen. It will notify you when an update is necessary.

 

To update you will need to clear your web browser's cache and refresh the Polytut application page (polytut.com/start-polytut).

 

Links to how tos:

 

How to  clear Firefox cache

 

How to clear Chrome cache

 

 

 

LICENSE AGREEMENT

 

Upon purchasing a license and activating your registration you will be bound to Polytut's license agreement. Please read the agreement before using Polytut. You can find it here.

POLYTUT REQUIREMENTS

 

Polytut uses WebGL technology which enables the rendering of 3D in web browsers. This is a relatively new technology and has some teething issues.

 

By being aware of the recommended specs, known bugs and by following the tips provided here you should have the best possible experience.

 

Polytut optimally runs at close to 60 frames per second. If you feel as though the performance is sluggish despite taking the measures outlined here please email help@polytut.com — make sure to include your hardware and software specs.

 

RECOMMENDED SPECS

 

OS: Windows 7 + or Mac OS X

 

CPU: i5 or equivalent

RAM: 4 GB

GPU RAM: 4 GB

NETWORK: Broadband connection

STORAGE: ~155 MB HDD space required

 

PERIPHERALS: Keyboard, 3 Button mouse (scroll wheel optional)

 

PERFORMANCE TIPS

(in order of potential impact)

 

Web Browser (very important)

 

- Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers run Polytut optimally (click either logo to download for free)

 

- Microsoft Edge performs well but does not render UI components properly

 

In-browser

 

- WebGL "fullscreen mode" (activated by clicking on the blue button under the app window) has a big impact on performance on some systems

 

- browser fullscreen (activated by pressing F11 in most browsers)  is a good alternative to WebGL fullscreen

 

- close other tabs open in your browser and any programs running in the background

 

Updates

 

- make sure your web browser is updated to  the latest version

 

- ensure your video card drivers are also up to date

 

 

KNOWN BUGS AND ISSUES

 

Switching Focus

 

- alt-tabbing between the browser and other programs may cause issues when refocusing on the Polytut app browser tab

 

- using Polytut in "windowed mode" runs the risk of dragging outside the application window and highlighting web page elements which causes issues

 

Caching

 

- Chrome will not permanently cache WebGL content meaning that Polytut will be downloaded every time the Polytut App page is refreshed or revisited.

 

NB: Clearing your cache to update is still required.

 

- Firefox will cache Polytut meaning that the load time is greatly decreased after the initial download

 

Crashes

 

- Rarely a crash will occur when loading the Exmortal Recall game

 

- Firefox will very occasionally run out of memory causing a crash

 

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