VTK/Examples/Cxx/GeometricObjects/Circle

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VTK Examples Baseline GeometricObjects TestCircle.png

A circle is simply the limiting case of a regular polygon. We use vtkRegularPolygonSource with a large number of Sides to approximate a circle.

Circle.cxx

// Classes specific to this example
#include <vtkRegularPolygonSource.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
// Generic VTK pipeline elements
#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
// Auxiliary class
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>

int main(int, char *[])
{
  // Create a circle
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRegularPolygonSource> polygonSource =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRegularPolygonSource>::New();
  
  //polygonSource->GeneratePolygonOff(); // Uncomment this line to generate only the outline of the circle
  polygonSource->SetNumberOfSides(50);
  polygonSource->SetRadius(5);
  polygonSource->SetCenter(0, 0, 0);
  
  // Visualize
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  mapper->SetInputConnection(polygonSource->GetOutputPort());;
  
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);
  
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(.3,.3,.5); // Background color purple
  
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);
  
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();
  
  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

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CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(Circle)

find_package(VTK REQUIRED)
include(${VTK_USE_FILE})

add_executable(Circle MACOSX_BUNDLE Circle.cxx)

if(VTK_LIBRARIES)
  target_link_libraries(Circle ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else()
  target_link_libraries(Circle vtkHybrid vtkWidgets)
endif()

Download and Build Circle

Click here to download Circle. and its CMakeLists.txt file.

Once the tarball Circle.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd Circle/build 
  • If VTK is installed:
cmake ..
  • If VTK is not installed but compiled on your system, you will need to specify the path to your VTK build:
cmake -DVTK_DIR:PATH=/home/me/vtk_build ..

Build the project:

make

and run it:

./Circle

WINDOWS USERS PLEASE NOTE: Be sure to add the VTK bin directory to your path. This will resolve the VTK dll's at run time.