VTK/Examples/Cxx/IO/ParticleReader

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This example reads ascii files where each line consists of points with its position (x,y,z) and (optionally) one scalar or binary files in RAW 3d file format.

ParticleReader.cxx

VTK Examples Cxx IO ParticleReader.png
//
// This example reads ascii files where each line consists of points with its position (x,y,z) 
// and (optionally) one scalar or binary files in RAW 3d file format.
//
// some standard vtk headers
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkProperty.h>

// headers needed for this example
#include <vtkParticleReader.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>


// needed to easily convert int to std::string
int main(int argc, char* argv[])
{
   // Verify input arguments
   if ( argc != 2 )
   {
      std::cout << "Usage: " << argv[0]
      << " Filename(.raw)" << std::endl;
      return EXIT_FAILURE;
   }

   std::string filePath = argv[1];
   // Particles.raw supplied by VTK is big endian encoded
   //std::string filePath = "C:\\VTK\\vtkdata-5.8.0\\Data\\Particles.raw";
   // Read the file
   vtkSmartPointer<vtkParticleReader> reader =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkParticleReader>::New();

   reader->SetFileName ( filePath.c_str() );
   // if nothing gets displayed or totally wrong, swap the endianness
   reader->SetDataByteOrderToBigEndian();
   reader->Update();

   // Visualize
   vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
   mapper->SetInputConnection(reader->GetOutputPort());
   std::cout << "number of pieces: " << mapper->GetNumberOfPieces() << std::endl;
   mapper->SetScalarRange(4, 9);

   vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();

   actor->SetMapper(mapper);
   actor->GetProperty()->SetPointSize(4);

   vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
   vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
   renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
   vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
   renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);

   renderer->AddActor(actor);
   renderer->SetBackground(.2, .3, .4);

   renderWindow->Render();
   renderWindowInteractor->Start();

   return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

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CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(ParticleReader)

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

add_executable(ParticleReader MACOSX_BUNDLE ParticleReader.cxx)

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

Download and Build ParticleReader

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

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

cd ParticleReader/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:

./ParticleReader

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.