[vtkusers] Embed VTK in a GUI

David E DeMarle dave.demarle at kitware.com
Mon Aug 20 09:40:47 EDT 2018

Yes you can.

The Python terminology for making a standalone app is "freezing". There are
a variety of tools that automate the process. py2app, py2exe etc. They all
bundle your code and its dependencies together and sometimes fixing up
shared library paths so that you can hand it off to someone else and they
can run it without any extra installs.

David E DeMarle
Kitware, Inc.
Principal Engineer
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On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 9:29 AM Ta, Duc-Manh <niuton152 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Andrew,
> Thanks for your great insight. I’m new to Python and totally get lost in
> its public libraries. I guess I can google it, but just want to ask your
> opinion. Is it possible to pack a standalone app with Python and PySide so
> that I can distribute it to other colleagues?
> Thanks,
> Manh
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 7:39 PM Andrew E. Slaughter <
> andrew.slaughter at inl.gov> wrote:
>> My recommendation is to use PySide (https://wiki.qt.io/Qt_for_Python),
>> the official Python bindings for Qt. I have used Python and PySide (the old
>> one), PyQt4, and PyQt5 to maintain a VTK based GUI for many years, they
>> work well together. Good luck.
>> ________________________________________
>> From: vtkusers <vtkusers-bounces at public.kitware.com> on behalf of
>> manhta152 <niuton152 at gmail.com>
>> Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 3:58:58 AM
>> To: vtkusers at vtk.org
>> Subject: [vtkusers] Embed VTK in a GUI
>> Hi everyone,
>> I have a computational modeling program that has been written in Matlab. I
>> developed a GUI in Matlab and used VTK to visualize and interact
>> (transform,
>> cut, deform, etc.,) CAD models. However, Matlab GUI does not support
>> embedding VTK, resulting in a separate Matlab GUI and a VTK rendering
>> window. I have looked for options to embed VTK in a GUI that works similar
>> to 3D Slicer. I know that I can do it in Qt, Python and PyQt, Python and
>> Tk,
>> Jave, and C#.
>> The problem is my program consists of many matrix-based calculations that
>> may take a great deal of effort if I develop the program in Qt and C#.
>> Python is quite close to Matlab that I think I can develop the program in
>> a
>> short period and save time.
>> For those who have experience in developing an app using VTK and PyQt,
>> please let me know I should use VTK and PyQt4 or PyQt5 and why?
>> Also, if you think Qt or C# can work more efficiently than Python (I don't
>> have much experience in Qt), please let me know your thoughts and share
>> with
>> me how I can work efficiently with matrices in Qt and C#.
>> Thanks in advance. I do appreciate any input.
>> Regards,
>> Manh
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> Manh Ta
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> Center for Musculoskeletal Research
> The University of Tennessee
> Knoxville, TN 37996
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