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vtk-examples/Cxx/Visualization/TextSource


Description

This example displays a 3D polygonal text saying "Hello", using the 9x15 font from X Windows. That is a raster (pixelized) font, so characters are formed by converting the pixels on each character into quadrilaterals. vtkVectorText generates higher quality polygonal representations of text, so it is recommended instead -- see VectorText for an example of this.

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Question

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Code

TextSource.cxx

#include <vtkActor.h>
#include <vtkNew.h>
#include <vtkPolyData.h>
#include <vtkPolyDataMapper.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindow.h>
#include <vtkRenderWindowInteractor.h>
#include <vtkRenderer.h>
#include <vtkNew.h>
#include <vtkTextSource.h>
#include <vtkNamedColors.h>
#include <vtkNew.h>
#include <vtkProperty.h>

int main(int, char*[])
{
  vtkNew<vtkNamedColors> colors;

  // Create text
  vtkNew<vtkTextSource> textSource;
  textSource->SetText("Hello");
  textSource->SetForegroundColor(colors->GetColor3d("DarkSlateGray").GetData());
  textSource->SetBackgroundColor(colors->GetColor3d("NavajoWhite").GetData());
  // Turn off if you don't want the background drawn with the text.
  textSource->BackingOn();
  textSource->Update();

  // Create a mapper and actor
  vtkNew<vtkPolyDataMapper> mapper;
  mapper->SetInputConnection(textSource->GetOutputPort());

  vtkNew<vtkActor> actor;
  actor->SetMapper(mapper);

  // Create a renderer, render window, and interactor
  vtkNew<vtkRenderer> renderer;
  vtkNew<vtkRenderWindow> renderWindow;
  renderWindow->AddRenderer(renderer);
  renderWindow->SetWindowName("TextSource");

  vtkNew<vtkRenderWindowInteractor> renderWindowInteractor;
  renderWindowInteractor->SetRenderWindow(renderWindow);

  // Add the actor to the scene
  renderer->AddActor(actor);
  renderer->SetBackground(colors->GetColor3d("Bisque").GetData());

  // Render and interact
  renderWindow->Render();
  renderWindowInteractor->Start();

  return EXIT_SUCCESS;
}

CMakeLists.txt

cmake_minimum_required(VERSION 3.3 FATAL_ERROR)

project(TextSource)

find_package(VTK COMPONENTS 
  vtkCommonColor
  vtkCommonCore
  vtkCommonDataModel
  vtkFiltersSources
  vtkInteractionStyle
  vtkRenderingContextOpenGL2
  vtkRenderingCore
  vtkRenderingFreeType
  vtkRenderingGL2PSOpenGL2
  vtkRenderingOpenGL2
  QUIET
)

if (NOT VTK_FOUND)
  message("Skipping TextSource: ${VTK_NOT_FOUND_MESSAGE}")
  return ()
endif()
message (STATUS "VTK_VERSION: ${VTK_VERSION}")
if (VTK_VERSION VERSION_LESS "8.90.0")
  # old system
  include(${VTK_USE_FILE})
  add_executable(TextSource MACOSX_BUNDLE TextSource.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(TextSource PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
else ()
  # include all components
  add_executable(TextSource MACOSX_BUNDLE TextSource.cxx )
  target_link_libraries(TextSource PRIVATE ${VTK_LIBRARIES})
  # vtk_module_autoinit is needed
  vtk_module_autoinit(
    TARGETS TextSource
    MODULES ${VTK_LIBRARIES}
    )
endif ()

Download and Build TextSource

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

cd TextSource/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:

./TextSource

WINDOWS USERS

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