[SciPy-user] A simple 3d OpenGL viewer and color map for matrices

europa100 at comcast.net europa100 at comcast.net
Thu Aug 25 05:16:17 CDT 2005

Dear Prabdu,

Thank you for the information, and software.  I will try to follow the directions given to me earlier to get MayaVi up and running.  

Actually, I should have known better that Maya did not look like the same thing that I tried out a couple of years ago.  I think your name for the project is fine.  I just need a little help these days navigating the current Python oriented packages

Python ToyFDTD will be a logical place to experiment with new visualization schemes for my small simulation programs.  I would like to experiment on Windoze to get to the point of something I can write up as a HOWto doc on dumping these simple data arrays and then using a much more complicated vis package to view them.

Then I will convert all my programs on my site to that format.  It will take some time.  I will try to use Windoze at first.


> >>>>> "Robert" == Robert Kern <rkern at ucsd.edu> writes:
>     Robert> europa100 at comcast.net wrote:
>     >> Ok, I get it.  There is Maya and there is MayaVi.  I got the
>     >> MayaVi.  What relationship is there between these two programs
>     >> or whatever.
>     Robert> None.
> Yes that is correct.  My ignorance 4 years ago (when I picked the name
> MayaVi) is the cause for the confusion.  However, if you read the
> first paragraph of the mayavi site it should be evident that MayaVi
> has nothing to do whatsoever with Maya.
> Choosing a name (that I liked) took quite a bit of time and at the
> time I did not think of Maya.  IIRC I searched on google for MayaVi
> and had no relevant hits and figured that I could use the name.
> As Ryan Krauss said, it might take a little while and patience to
> figure out the VTK file formats.  However there is (terse)
> documentation on the VTK file format and there is pyvtk (which Noel
> has mentioned).  The trouble with a generic 3D data visualizer is that
> 3D data *is* inherently harder to represent.  However, I do see that
> it could be better documented and made a little easier.  I'll keep
> that in mind for the future.
> cheers,
> prabhu
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