I searched and searched for "LED Cube Programmers" on the web. I found some, but they were for PIC based cubes. I changed the title of my search to "LED Cube Pattern Generator" and BINGO!
I finally found this one
, and it allowed my simple mind to grasp the relationship between little flashing lights and gobs of 1's and 0's. I could punch little buttons on the screen and see a simulation of what I was doing! Just what I wanted. This generator allows one to use a cube of any size! Press the "new" button and you will be prompted to set up your cube.
'Insert' creates a new frame, just like a simple animation program. We are going to make a 'flip book,' in effect. Each page is programmed and then you hit the insert button to add another frame. Notice the speed parameter near the bottom of the window marked 'frames.' F and E mean 'Fill' and 'Erase.' Program a few frames and hit the 'Play' button. Your animation will be shown in the 'preview' window. Simple! When you are done and want to save your new light show, hit the 'File' button. You will see the buttons marked 'New',' to Code',' Load' and 'Save' appear. Press 'To Code,'
and a window will open, asking you to choose in which order you wish to display your data. You can go back and change this later if you get it wrong. Just choose one for now.
You will then see a window with all your animation's coded bytes.