Popup Workshop

Popup Workshop 2.0


Popup Workshop is a program to help you design simple pop-up books and cards, and print a pattern on your printer to cut and fold.

Although this early version of the software creates only a limited set of pop-up forms, we hope that using this application will start you on your way to learning about pop-up design.

Version 2.0 of Popup Workshop is now available. Since 2.0 requires a later version of Java, and also requires Java3D, we have kept Version 1.1 as an alternate. Version 2.0 will give you more pop-up forms, and a better view of your finished pop-up.

Dowloading the Documentation and Software

The documentation for Popup Workshop is available here in PDF format:

Popup Workshop 1.1 Documentation

Popup Workshop 2.0 Documentation

Version 1.1 of Popup Workshop requires Java 1.4 or later, Version 2.0 requires Java 1.5 or later, and also Java3D. If you have a Mac, this means that you must have OS X, and for either Mac or Windows, if you are running an earlier Java version, you may have to upgrade Java. A color printer is desirable, but is not required.

In order to download the software, we ask that you fill out a registration form. There is no charge for the application. We appreciate your bug reports, ideas for additions and improvements, and pictures of your creations to put on this web page.

After filling out the registration form, click on the download link, and wait for the download to complete.

For the Mac: The downloaded disk image should automatically open and mount. If it does not, double click the .dmg file that you downloaded to open and mount the disk image containing the Popup Workshop folder. Drag the Popup Workshop folder to your Applications folder. Double-click the Workshop icon to start Popup Workshop.

For Windows: Click on the download link, and choose "Save" to download the zip folder. If the file extension on the downloaded folder is .exe, change the extension on the folder from .exe to .zip. Double-click to obtain the .jar file. Double-click the .jar file to run Popup Workshop.

Popup Workshop is a research software environment. If you are under 18 years of age, please ask a parent to fill out the registration form for you. This software is offered free of charge. Redistribution of the software for personal commercial gain is prohibited. The user assumes all liability for trying out the software.


Popup Workshop 1.1 Download for Mac

Popup Workshop 1.1 Download for Windows

Popup Workshop 2.0 Download for Mac

Popup Workshop 2.0 Download for Windows


Popup Workshop 1.1


The work described on this page has been supported in part by National Science Foundation grant
REC0125363, and by a gift from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories (MERL)
in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Last updated 02/15/07