[SciPy-user] 3d plotting question

Ryan Krauss ryanfedora at comcast.net
Thu Sep 29 08:06:23 CDT 2005


I would be really interested in getting eps/pdf output.  How hard would 
it be to get this working in Windows?

I don't even mind if the drawing part of the figure is somewhat 
pixelated, I just think it looks bad when the axes and labels aren't 
type set well.


Prabhu Ramachandran wrote:
>>>>>>"Ryan" == Ryan Krauss <ryanfedora at comcast.net> writes:
>     Ryan> Mayavi is pretty good but I think a bit more complicated
>     Ryan> (http://mayavi.sourceforge.net/).  It can do some neat
>     Ryan> animations.  But, it doesn't do as nice a job of generating
>     Ryan> post-script files as gnuplot.
>     Ryan>   I use mayavi for animations and gnuplot.py for print
>     Ryan>   quality graphics.
> Thanks.  Just a clarification.  It is not easy to generate vector
> graphics output for complex visualizations.  However, if you build VTK
> with GL2PS support it should be possible to generate true vector
> PS/EPS/PDF output.  This works pretty well for simple visualizations.
> IMHO, MayaVi is complicated primarily because you need to create your
> data as per some format or another.  I am hoping to do something about
> that in the next several months.
> If you are willing to try and go over a few hoops installing the
> enthought tool suite (no installers yet) you can get it from SVN and
> try out the tools inside the TVTK package.  Some preliminary
> information is available here (I'll update the pages over the next
> week):
>  http://www.enthought.com/enthought/wiki/TVTK
> There are links to papers and presentations on TVTK there.  With
> TVTK's mlab module (enthought.tvtk.tools.mlab) you can create simple
> visualizations with pure Numeric/numarray data.  It is like
> mayavi.tools.imv but a lot better with many more features.  I'll
> announce this as soon as I have written a little more documentation on
> installation of the enthought tool suite and a better TVTK web page.
> Hopefully that will happen by next week.  If you are interested to
> check it out right away, it might be a good idea to just read the
> EuroPython2005 paper and presentation at the above site.
> cheers,
> prabhu
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