VTK/Examples/Cxx/Visualization/MultipleRenderWindows

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This example creates 4 render windows. When you close one, the next one opens? Or do they all open simultaneously?

MultipleRenderWindows.cxx

#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>

#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkProperty.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkSphereSource.h>

#include <sstream>
#include <vector>

int main(int, char *[])
{
  std::vector<vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> > interactors;
  
  for(unsigned int i = 0; i < 4; i++)
    {
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow = 
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
    
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
    
    renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
    
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor = 
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
    
    interactors.push_back(renderWindowInteractor);
    
    renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);
    renderWindow->Render();
    std::stringstream ss;
    ss << "Window " << i;
    renderWindow->SetWindowName(ss.str().c_str());
    renderWindow->SetPosition(i*300,0);
   
    //create a sphere
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkSphereSource> sphereSource =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkSphereSource>::New();
    sphereSource->SetCenter(0.0, 0.0, 0.0);
    sphereSource->SetRadius(5.0);
    sphereSource->Update();
      
    //Create a mapper and actor
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper = 
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
    mapper->SetInputConnection(sphereSource->GetOutputPort());

    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
      vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
    actor->SetMapper(mapper);
    renderer->AddActor(actor);
    renderer->ResetCamera();
    }
    
  interactors[3]->Start();
    
  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}


Please try the new VTKExamples website.

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(MultipleRenderWindows)

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

add_executable(MultipleRenderWindows MACOSX_BUNDLE MultipleRenderWindows.cxx)

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

Download and Build MultipleRenderWindows

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

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

cd MultipleRenderWindows/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:

./MultipleRenderWindows

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.

Something besides a grey sphere on a black background!