ParaView Multiview

Many times when looking at data, we need to view how variables are interacting with one another. ParaView allows the user to explore a data set with multiple variables by giving the user the ability to present multiple views. On top of the main graphics window are two small toolbars. The first toolbar on the left allows the user to manipulate the camera. The second toolbar is the one that this article is interested in using. This Multiview toolbar controls the addition and deletion of views. To create a new view by splitting the display horizontally in half, which gives you two skinny vertical windows, press the ParaViewSplitHorizontal.png button. To create a new view by splitting the display vertically, which gives you two skinny horizontal windows, press the ParaViewSplitVertical.png button. The ParaViewCloseIcon.png button closes the current window. The ParaViewMaximizeIcon.png button maximizes the current window. The ParaViewMinimizeIcon.png button minimizes the current window that has been maximized. Otherwise the button is not visible.

ParaView Multiview
ParaView Multiview

As an example, start ParaView and use the Sources Menu to create a Wavelet. Then click ParaViewSplitHorizontal.png to get two windows as shown above. In the new window, you have six choices to choose from.

ParaView Multiview Choices
ParaView Multiview Choices

  1. 3-D View - the default view that one gets when ParaView launches.
  2. Bar Chart - displays a bar chart (such as a Histogram).
  3. XY Plot - displays a 2-D plot of one or more scalar variables.
  4. 3-D View (Comparative) - a one or two dimensional array of 3-D views for use in comparison.
  5. Spreadsheet View - displays the underlying value
  6. None - takes you back to choose among the other five views.

Now you can choose the 3-D View. This will cause a blank 3-D window will open. By going over to the ParaView Pipeline Browser, you can choose the appropriate data or filter and change the eye icon from a light gray ParaViewEyeLightIcon.png to a dark gray ParaViewEyeDarkIcon.png which makes the data visible in the new 3-D window. The active window will have a red border around it.

ParaView Multiview Menu
ParaView Multiview Menu

Another way to open up Multiview is to place your mouse above the active window and right-click to bring up a Multiview menu. In this menu you can choose from Splitting the view horizontally, splitting the view vertically, closing the active window, or converting the active window from one type of view to another.

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