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What is tvtk?¶
tvtk is a
enabled version of
for 3D graphics and visualization.
It provides an exact match to the VTK objects, but with a Pythonic feel, unlike
Mayavi <http://code.enthought.com/projects/mayavi>_ which aims to provide new APIs
Most important features are
- All VTK classes are wrapped.
- Support for traits.
- Elementary pickle support.
- Pythonic feel.
- Handles numpy/Numeric/numarray arrays/Python lists transparently.
- Support for a pipeline browser,
- Envisage plugins for a tvtk scene and the pipeline browser.
- MayaVi2 is built on top of tvtk
enthought TVTK page <http://www.enthought.com/enthought/wiki/TVTK> for more details,
in particular the
tvtk introduction <http://www.enthought.com/enthought/wiki/TVTKIntroduction>.
The following example displays a cone which can be rotated/scaled/... with the mouse. [Simple_tvtk_cone.py](../_downloads/Simple_tvtk_cone.py) quadrics ````
A more interesting example is the generation of some contour surfaces of an implicit function.
This displays the following scene on screen and also saves it to a file.
tools.ivtk makes VTK/TVTK easier to use from the Python
For example, start IPython with::
(if you have both wxPython 2.4 and wxPython 2.6 installed you will need a recent IPython
ipython -wthread -wxversion 2.6).
Then you can paste the following lines:
from enthought.tvtk.tools import ivtk from enthought.tvtk.api import tvtk # Create a cone: cs = tvtk.ConeSource(resolution=100) mapper = tvtk.PolyDataMapper(input=cs.output) actor = tvtk.Actor(mapper=mapper) # Now create the viewer: v = ivtk.IVTKWithCrustAndBrowser(size=(600,600)) v.open() v.scene.add_actors(actor) # or v.scene.add_actor(a)
You can then explore the visualization pipeline and modify any settings.
For creating the viewer there are different options:
v = ivtk.viewer()- this one does not need the
v = ivtk.IVTK()
v = ivtk.IVTKWithCrust()
v = ivtk.IVTKWithBrowser()
v = ivtk.IVTKWithCrustAndBrowser)
For viewers with
Crust you can use the python command line window to modify the pipeline.
Section author: ArndBaecker, Unknown, GaelVaroquaux, Unknown, Pauli Virtanen