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VTK - The Visualization Toolkit

The Visualization ToolKit (VTK) is an open source, freely available software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization. VTK includes a textbook published by Prentice-Hall ( href="http://www.kitware.com/vtkhtml/vtkdata/HowToBuyBook.html"The Visualization Toolkit, An Object-Oriented Approach To 3D Graphics, 2nd edition" ISBN 0-13-954694-4 ), a C++ class library, and several interpreted interface layers including Tcl/Tk, Java, and Python. VTK has been implemented on nearly every Unix-based platform and PC's (Windows NT and Windows95).

The design and implementation of the library has been strongly influenced by object-oriented principles.

The graphics model in VTK is at a higher level of abstraction than rendering libraries like OpenGL or PEX. This means it is much easier to create useful graphics and visualization applications. In VTK applications can be written directly in C++, Tcl, Java, or Python. In fact, using the interpreted languages Tcl or Python with Tk, and even Java with its GUI class libraries, it is possible to build useful applications very quickly.

Finally, the software is a true visualization system, it doesn't just let you visualize geometry. VTK supports a wide variety of visualization algorithms including scalar, vector, tensor, texture, and volumetric methods; and advanced modeling techniques like implicit modelling, polygon reduction, mesh smoothing, cutting, contouring, and Delaunay triangulation. Moreover, we have directly integrated dozens of imaging algorithms into the system so you can mix 2D imaging / 3D graphics algorithms and data.

Operating Systems

  • PC 32-bit Windows
  • Unix


  • Visual C++
  • Borland C++
  • Any Unix C++ compiler
  • Intel C++

Added : 2000-11-06 Amended: 2000-11-06 Licensing : Open Source

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