-- All the visualization basics you need to know!
-- Take any type of data -- medical, scientific or financial -- and render it in 3D.
-- Includes GE's powerful Visualization Toolkit (VTL) 2.0 for Windows 95, Windows NT, Solaris, HP-UX, Digital UNIX and IBM AIX.
-- New VTK release even allows you to build 3D Java applets!
This is a detailed practical introduction to 3D graphics and one of the leading tools in the field, the Visualization Toolkit (VTK). This new edition has been extensively updated to reflect VTK 2.0, with new coverage of 3D for Web applications, including VRML, Java and Java3D. There is extensive coverage of volume rendering, which allows you to "see into" 3D datasets, much as if you had an X-ray machine. Learn how to use VTK 2.0's new 2D imaging pipeline to manipulate, process and display images, and combine them into 3D datasets for further processing. The book includes new descriptions of important image processing algorithms, such as surface smoothing, cutting, slicing, decimation and Delaunay triangulation. The accompanying CD-ROM contains VTK 2.0 for Windows 95, NT, SGI, Sun, HP, DEC, IBM and other Unix computers. If you are a C++ or Java programmer who wants to learn 3D graphics programming, start right here.