Re: slicer available?

  • To: Mathias Stümpert <AtzeS@xxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: slicer available?
  • From: Doug Lindholm <lind@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 09:13:30 -0600

I've done this but I can't say that it is exactly easy. Here'e the gist:

Create a Real (for the axis perpendicular to your slice) to represent
the slice value. Add it to the Display with a
DirectManipulationRenderer. The resulting point will be your "handle" to
drag your slice. (Add it with ConstantMaps to the other two axes to
position it along the edge of the box.)

Create a Cell (with the Real's reference) which has the action of
reslicing your data: create a Gridded3DSet of the type (latitude,
longitude, altitude) with a manifold dimension of 2 and the constant
dimension with your Real (slice value). Use that set to resample your 3D
data and display the resulting Field.

This is terribly inefficient since a resample happens everytime a
manipulation of your Real is detected. It works surprisingly well if
your slice doesn't require high resolution.

I suspect there is a much better way using an index (one for each slice)
in your MathType and a map to Display.SelectValue but I haven't looked
into this, yet.

  index -> ((latitude, longitude, altitude) -> (pressure, temperature,

Let me know if you want more details.


Mathias Stümpert wrote:
> Hi together,
> I need a possibility to extract slices out of my 3D-Dataset. I think of
> a layer whose edges can be dragged along the axes. Is there an easy way
> to do this with VisAD?
> My MathType looks like this:
> ((latitude, longitude, altitude) -> (pressure, temperature, ...))

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