VTK/Examples/Cxx/Visualization/VectorText

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This example displays a red "Hello" in 3D space. For an example where the text always faces the camera, see VTK/Examples/Cxx/Visualization/Follower.

If you want to draw text in 2D rather than 3D, take a look at VTK/Examples/Cxx/Visualization/DrawText or VTK/Examples/Cxx/Widgets/TextWidget.

VectorText.cxx

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

int main(int, char *[])
{
  // Create text
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkVectorText> textSource = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkVectorText>::New();
  textSource->SetText("Hello");
  textSource->Update();

  // Create a mapper and actor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
  mapper->SetInputConnection(textSource->GetOutputPort());

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);
  actor->GetProperty()->SetColor(1.0, 0.0, 0.0);

  // Create a renderer, render window, and interactor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor = 
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);

  // Add the actor to the scene
  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(1,1,1); // Background color white

  // Render and interact
  renderWindow->Render();
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

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CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(VectorText)

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

add_executable(VectorText MACOSX_BUNDLE VectorText.cxx)

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

Download and Build VectorText

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

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

cd VectorText/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:

./VectorText

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.

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