Display 3D Points Using OpenGL

XYZ_DISPLAY_OPENGL is a C++ program which reads the name of a data file containing a list of 3D point coordinates, reads the data, and displays the points using OPENGL.

The program displays the data, and slowly rotates it.


xyz_display_opengl data.txt
where The program will open a window and display a plot of the points. The image will slowly rotate. Successive mouse clicks alternate the axis of rotation from the X, to the Y, to the Z axis and back again.


The computer code and data files described and made available on this web page are distributed under the GNU LGPL license.


XYZ_DISPLAY_OPENGL is available in a C++ version.

Related Data and Programs:

FERN_OPENGL, a C++ program which uses OpenGL to display the Barnsley fractal fern.

SCREENSHOT_OPENGL, a C++ program which shows how a program using the OpenGL graphics library can save a screenshot of the graphics being displayed.

SPHERE_XYZ_DISPLAY_OPENGL, a C++ program which reads XYZ information defining points in 3D, and displays a unit sphere and the points, using OpenGL.

XY_DISPLAY_OPENGL, a C++ program which reads an XY file of 2D point coordinates, and displays an image of those points using OpenGL.

XYZ, a data directory which contains some examples of 3D pointsets.

XYZ_DISPLAY, a MATLAB program which reads XYZ information defining points in 3D, and displays an image in the MATLAB graphics window.

XYZF_DISPLAY_OPENGL, a C++ program which reads XYZF information defining points and faces in 3D, and displays an image using OpenGL.

XYZL_DISPLAY_OPENGL, a C++ program which reads XYZL information defining points and lines in 3D, and displays an image using OpenGL.


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    ISBN: 0672326019,
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    The official OpenGL site.

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Examples and Tests:

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Last revised on 24 August 2010.