[AstroPy] MayaVi Data Visualizer

W.T. Bridgman William.T.Bridgman.1 at gsfc.nasa.gov
Fri Dec 3 07:14:12 CST 2004

I've used it for my work with Sun-Earth Connection/Divsion, primarily  
as a tool for examining dataset features before exporting isosurface  
meshes to a more powerful graphics rendering package.  I've used it  
under MacOS X, Linux and IRIX.

When you have real 3-D data, which I guess means a model in most of  
astrophysics, I find it very useful.  You can also script processes  
with it using Python to make simple animations.  Currently it uses a  
bit of a hack to handle time-varying volumetric data.

The biggest headache is trying to get data into the VTK format.  I've  
got a few python scripts that will construct unstructured grids,  
polydata, etc. for some datasets, but the files tend to be huge (I  
usually use the text format so I can examine them more carefully).

My $0.02 worth,
On Dec 2, 2004, at 11:24 PM, Shashikiran Ganesh wrote:

> Has anyone used the MayaVi Data Visualizer http://mayavi.sf.net ?  It  
> is
> written in python and uses the VTK for graphics and Tkinter for GUI.  I
> tried it sometime but it does not support fits format directly so have  
> not
> spent much time exploring it with my datasets.  The screenshots look  
> quite
> impressive.  It maybe quite interesting to use with 3D fits images
> (spectral data for example).  I guess it is a question of getting VTK  
> to
> understand fits.
> I am just looking into the capabilities of matplotlib...
> -Shashikiran
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> 2004-12-03 at 9:41am IST
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