VTK 5.2 and GL2PS export

Jonathan Stickel jjstickel at vcn.com
Fri Jun 19 09:26:55 PDT 2009

I managed to install vtk-devel without the doc and data variants (issues 
on Tiger).  However, I still see the same problem of textActors not 
exporting to ps/eps/pdf.  Just a blank box.

So, this problem exists for me on vtk-5.2, vtk-5.4, with both carbon and 
x11 on Tiger.  Can someone else confirm?  Does it happen on Cocoa? 
Leopard?  I can send a python-vtk test script offlist if someone will 
test it.


Darren Weber wrote:
> I've done a bit of work on vtk-devel to make some things in the 
> installation version specific.  I have not tested whether vtk-devel can 
> co-exist with vtk5.
> All the work on vtk-devel was based on the default variants (cocoa 
> shared wrap) plus testing and examples.  Nothing has been tested 
> extensively, and very little has been done with x11.
> If you have time to run the build and install, I suggest the huge 
> variant, or no variants at all will give you a default set of variants.
> vtk-devel has the variants:
>     darwin_9: Platform variant, do not select manually
>     huge: provide cocoa data doc examples shared testing wrap database 
> mpi boost
>     data: provide example data in: /opt/local/share/vtk-5.4/data
>     doc: provide doxygen documentation in: /opt/local/share/vtk-5.4/doc
>     examples: provide VTK examples in: /opt/local/share/vtk-5.4/examples
>     shared: build shared libraries (default)
>     testing: provide VTK tests in: /opt/local/share/vtk-5.4/testing
>     carbon: build with Carbon
>     cocoa: build with Cocoa (default)
>     x11: build with X11
>     wrap: provide java, py26, & tcl
>     java: java wrapper
>     py25: python 2.5 wrapper
>     py26: python 2.6 wrapper
>     tcl: tcl wrapper (MacPorts tcl/tk)
>     tcl_apple: tcl wrapper (apple tcl/tk framework)
>     database: provide all database variants
>     mysql5: build the MySQL driver for vtkSQLDatabase
>     pgsql83: build the PostgreSQL 8.3 driver for vtkSQLDatabase
>     odbc: build the ODBC database interface
>     mpi: use message passing interface (mpich2) for parallel support
>     boost: use Boost libraries - www.boost.org <http://www.boost.org>
>     universal: Build for multiple architectures
> Regards,
> Darren
> On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 10:19 AM, Jonathan Stickel <jjstickel at vcn.com 
> <mailto:jjstickel at vcn.com>> wrote:
>     I reinstalled vtk5 with the +x11 variant, and now the vtk rendering
>     library is linked to
>     /opt/local/lib/libGL.1.dylib
>     However, I still have the same problem of textActors not exporting.
>     Labels on axes export fine, though.  I suppose this could be
>     reported upstream to VTK.  Maybe I'll try vtk-devel (vtk-5.4) when I
>     have some more time and see if the problem persists.
>     Jonathan
>     Jeremy Huddleston wrote:
>         Interesting.  We were just talking about some vtk oddities in
>         the x11-users and xquartz-dev mailing list.
>         Check out:
>         http://www.ctcms.nist.gov/oof/renderingbug
>         Since you're seeing this purely in carbon, my guess now is that
>         this is an issue with either OpenGL.framework (which would mean
>         it's in both Tiger and Leopard... which I think isn't too
>         likely) or with VTK itself.
>         On Jun 17, 2009, at 11:14, Jonathan Stickel wrote:
>             I'm experiencing a problem using the GL2PS export feature of
>             VTK, where VTK was installed via Macports (vtk5
>             @5.2.1_2+carbon+darwin_8+python). When I have a textActor in
>             my render window, e.g. some arbitrary title or note, then
>             that text does not show in the exported pdf/eps.
>             I suspect the problem might be related to the OpenGL library
>             that VTK links to, in this case
>             /System/Library/Frameworks/OpenGL.framework/Versions/A/OpenGL
>             since I am using the Carbon variant.  Can someone verify
>             that they see this problem also?  Any knowledge about how to
>             resolve this?  I am currently on Tiger.
>             Thanks,
>             Jonathan
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