The Visualization Toolkit

The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) is an open-source, cross-platform, software system for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization. Originally written as companion software to the textbook The Visualization Toolkit: An Object-Oriented Approach to 3D Graphics by Will Schroeder, Ken Martin, and Bill Lorensen, VTK provided the motivation to found Kitware Inc.

From initial development in 1993, VTK has grown to be the premier visualization system today through the support and dedication of a global community. Much of this work has stemmed from Kitware, recently including a transition to using Git and Gerrit for distributed version control; the addition of pointer classes to facilitate pointer management; enhancement of the VTK pipeline to suit AMR; improvements to the plotting and charting capabilities in VTK; and general toolkit maintenance.