Click and drag the green, red or blue dots to change the pattern. Choose the type of pattern from the menu on left.
The best size for images is 640 by 480, other images may be too big or too small. Images should be less than 500KB and in gif, jpeg or png format. Inappropriate images will be removed. By uploading and image you release them into the public domain.
This applet draw a set of set of wallpaper pattern, which are repeating patterns which fill the plane and exhibit certain mathematics symmetries. There are only 17 different possible types which fill the plane and the different patterns have been known for quite a long time now.
See mathematical description for more details.
The patterns are made by combination of different types of symetry including, Translation (All patterns have this), Reflection (M), Glide-Reflection - translate a bit and then reflect (G) 180° rotation (P2), 120° rotation (P3), 90° rotation (P4), 60° rotation (P6).
A full version of this applet is available, which additional features:
Explore animated symmetry patterns of your own images with the wallpaper-screensaver.
The screensaver runs on windows and unix and can loop through a selection of images and symmetry patterns.
The screensaver has been made using the Java Saverbeans library. See the FAQ and Screensaver pack for other java screensavers.
The screensave will run on:
It requires Java 1.5 or later, download from http://java.com/en/ and adminstrator accesss to install.
Tom Jackson Thu Apr 26 2007
I was wondering if the source was still available I notice its been taken down, I'm interested in experimenting with these formula in actionscript 3 to see if it can cope with a real time version like this, if you could send the source I'd be much appreciated!
harold shoemaker Sat Oct 6 2007
Will this stuff work with Vista?
Rich Sat Oct 6 2007
Yes it should work with vista. It is built using java and will run everywhere where java runs.
Sat Nov 17 2007
if i buy it, can i put it on my site?
The Reveller Wed Apr 2 2008
I have been looking for Photoshop pattern plugins without success but this is so much cooler.
jose fox Thu Jun 25 2009
Can you use the applet on a mac?
jose fox Thu Jun 25 2009
does the applet also work on a mac?
Rich (webweaver) Thu Jun 25 2009
I think it should work fine for macs but some people have had problems. One fix might be to install the latest version of Java for a Mac as of June 15 2009 the you can up date this at http://support.apple.com/downloads/Java_for_Mac_OS_X_10_4__Release_9 (OS X 10.4) or http://support.apple.com/downloads/Java_for_Mac_OS_X_10_5_Update_4 (OS X 10.5).
Sun Aug 16 2009
Are the wallpaper patterns available for purchase as a download or they come as a CD? Thank you!
Sam Hyun Fri Oct 16 2009
Hi, guys I love this applet. I am a 7th grade math teacher in New Hampshire and I would love to use this program in my geometry unit, but unfortunately I'm afraid to because of some of the images people have uploaded onto your server. If I was teaching high school or college I wouldn't think twice about the content, but since I am working with 12 and 13 year old kids I wanted to ask if it is possible to filter / block some of the images? Do you guys have a general rule of thumb or a filter for appropriate content? I am also in a Masters program at Lesley University in Technology in Education and I would love to showcase your website, but I suspect many of the teachers would have their reservations about using your site because of some of the uploaded images. If you guys view it as artistic, I can understand that and if that is the case, can you send me a little blurb stating that's your policy in regards to uploaded images? Basically, I am trying to find a way to use your site without getting myself into trouble with parents and administration. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Sam Hyun
Rich (webmaster) Sat Nov 7 2009
Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle A great explination of some of the ideas behind symmetry
Wed Feb 10 2010
i think there should be more choices in wallpapers that people can choose from
Ossi Sat May 7 2022
I noticed the buttons for p3 and p6 are missing. I managed to get to those randomly by first choosing some of the groups from the drop down menus and then choosing the title again. That way it throws a random wallpaper group or sometimes some other group. Really cool app by the way.
Richard Morris Sat May 14 2022
Thanks Ossi, well spotted, I'v now fixed the bug.