[vtkusers] Mac OS X port of vtk

Tom Bartol bartol at salk.edu
Fri Oct 6 11:46:12 EDT 2000

You didn't mention a third option:

3) Port XFree86 libs to Mac OS X.

I'm sure this will happen at some point and I wouldn't be surprised if
some folks are working on this right now...


On Fri, 6 Oct 2000, Andrew Cunningham wrote:

> I have been working on a Mac OS X (public beta) port of vtk3.1.
> As Mac OS X is a real unix with OpenGL and the usual GNU tools, the port is
> MUCH easier than the fiddly Mac OS 9 port ( no 32 char limitations on file
> name length , etc.)
> However, as OS X's GUI is not X11 based there are two options for a vtk
> port.
> 1) Modify vtk to use the NSxxxx(Cocoa) classes for displaying in OS X's
> Quartz windowing system
> 2) Download XTools from Tenon ( a full X11 development and runtime
> environment for OS X). Building vtk should be just a simple re-compile with
> minimal changes.
> The  problem with 1) is that it would require the Cocoa specific code to be
> rolled back into the vtk source code tree
> The problem with 2) is that Tenon plans to charge $250 for XTools once it is
> out of beta.
> Andrew
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