VTK 6.2.0.rc1 is Ready for Testing!

February 16, 2015

VTK 6.2 has entered the release candidate stage. You can find the source, data, and new vtkpython binary packages here:




Please try this version of VTK and report any issues to the list or the bug tracker so that we can try to address them before VTK 6.2.0 final.



Some of the cooler things I saw when browsing the git log and perusing the feedback that commiters sent me were:

refactored how pieces and extents are handled in the pipeline.

* vtkSMP is growing

* VTK on the MIC!

* VTK output to cinema, including value rendering for deferred colormaps and lighting from raw images

* ActiViz.Net it's alive!!!


* vtk via Maven – hopefully PIP will follow, and maybe an SDK eventually?

vtkPythonAlgorithm and numpy updates – why compile anything?

* OpenGL2 – this is going to be great


* SpaceMouse devices, I bet this can make modeling fun.

4 comments to VTK 6.2.0.rc1 is Ready for Testing!

  1. Oh, just one more thing… not much really, just that iOS and Android is starting in this release with the OpenGL2 work!

  2. What do you mean by “vtk via Maven” ? Do you have any pointer or documentation please as I wasn’t able to find any…
    Thanks !

  3. No docs yet sorry. The concept is that now that we are building distributable binaries every night we will make the libraries from them available such that Maven users can slurp them in be up and running with VTK from Java without needing to compile. Overall we are aiming to get rid of the restriction that users have to compile VTK on their own so that we can lower the barrier to entry.

    Ask on the mailing list and Sebastien who did the work for a customer of Kitware’s will be able to supply more details about how to try it out.


  4. Thanks Dave for the info. It’s good news for me. I’ve seen Sebastien active on the mailing list already and request more details from him when 6.2 is official or when I’ll have to update my application.

    thanks !

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