PolyLine

VTKExamples/Cxx/GeometricObjects/PolyLine


Description

The polyline is a composite one-dimensional cell consisting of one or more connected lines. The polyline is defined by an ordered list of n+1 points, where n is the number of lines in the polyline. Each pair of points (i, i+1) defines a line.

Code

PolyLine.cxx

#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkCellArray.h>
#include <vtkCellData.h>
#include <vtkDoubleArray.h>
#include <vtkNamedColors.h>
#include <vtkPoints.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkPolyLine.h>
#include <vtkProperty.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
#include <vtkSmartPointer.h>
#include <vtkVersion.h>

int main(int, char *[])
{
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkNamedColors> colors =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkNamedColors>::New();

  // Create five points.
  double origin[3] = {0.0, 0.0, 0.0};
  double p0[3] = {1.0, 0.0, 0.0};
  double p1[3] = {0.0, 1.0, 0.0};
  double p2[3] = {0.0, 1.0, 2.0};
  double p3[3] = {1.0, 2.0, 3.0};

  // Create a vtkPoints object and store the points in it
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPoints> points =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPoints>::New();
  points->InsertNextPoint(origin);
  points->InsertNextPoint(p0);
  points->InsertNextPoint(p1);
  points->InsertNextPoint(p2);
  points->InsertNextPoint(p3);

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyLine> polyLine =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyLine>::New();
  polyLine->GetPointIds()->SetNumberOfIds(5);
  for(unsigned int i = 0; i < 5; i++)
  {
    polyLine->GetPointIds()->SetId(i,i);
  }

  // Create a cell array to store the lines in and add the lines to it
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkCellArray> cells =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkCellArray>::New();
  cells->InsertNextCell(polyLine);

  // Create a polydata to store everything in
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData> polyData =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyData>::New();

  // Add the points to the dataset
  polyData->SetPoints(points);

  // Add the lines to the dataset
  polyData->SetLines(cells);

  // Setup actor and mapper
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkPolyDataMapper>::New();
#if VTK_MAJOR_VERSION <= 5
  mapper->SetInput(polyData);
#else
  mapper->SetInputData(polyData);
#endif

  vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor> actor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkActor>::New();
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);
  actor->GetProperty()->SetColor(colors->GetColor3d("Tomato").GetData());

  // Setup render window, renderer, and interactor
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer> renderer =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderer>::New();
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindow>::New();
  renderWindow->SetWindowName("PolyLine");
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor =
    vtkSmartPointer<vtkRenderWindowInteractor>::New();
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);
  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(colors->GetColor3d("DarkOliveGreen").GetData());

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

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 2.8)

PROJECT(PolyLine)

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

add_executable(PolyLine MACOSX_BUNDLE PolyLine.cxx )

target_link_libraries(PolyLine ${VTK_LIBRARIES})

Download and Build PolyLine

Click here to download PolyLine and its CMakeLists.txt file. Once the tarball PolyLine.tar has been downloaded and extracted,

cd PolyLine/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:

./PolyLine

WINDOWS USERS

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