VTK/Examples/Cxx/PolyData/GetMiscPointData

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This example demonstrates how to get data stored at each point in a polydata.

GetMiscPointData.cxx

#include <vtkCellData.h>
#include <vtkDoubleArray.h>
#include <vtkPoints.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPointData.h>
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkXMLPolyDataReader.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataNormals.h>
#include <string>

int main(int argc, char *argv[])
{
  // Parse command line arguments
  if(argc != 3)
    {
    std::cout << "Required arguments: Filename ArrayName" << std::endl;
    return EXIT_FAILURE;
    }

  // Get filename from command line
  std::string filename = argv[1]; //first command line argument

  // Get array name
  std::string arrayName = argv[2]; //second command line argument
	
  // Read the file
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkXMLPolyDataReader> reader = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkXMLPolyDataReader>::New();
  std::cout << "Reading " << filename << std::endl;
  reader->SetFileName(filename.c_str());
  reader->Update();

  // Extract the polydata
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData> polydata =
    reader->GetOutput();

  // Get the number of points in the polydata
  vtkIdType idNumPointsInFile = polydata->GetNumberOfPoints();

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkDoubleArray> array = 
    vtkDoubleArray::SafeDownCast(polydata->GetPointData()->GetArray(arrayName.c_str()));

  if(array)
    {
      std::cout << "Got array " << arrayName
                << " with " << idNumPointsInFile << " values"
                << std::endl;
    for(int i = 0; i < idNumPointsInFile; i++)
      {
      double value;
      value = array->GetValue(i);
      std::cout << i << ": " << value << std::endl;
      }
    }
  else
    {
    std::cout << "The file " << filename
              << " does not have a PointData array named " << arrayName
              << std::endl;
    }

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

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CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(GetMiscPointData)

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

add_executable(GetMiscPointData MACOSX_BUNDLE GetMiscPointData.cxx)

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

Download and Build GetMiscPointData

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

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

cd GetMiscPointData/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:

./GetMiscPointData

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.