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  1. expand the name patterns for temporal file series to include time represented as floats

    When importing a temporal file series (e.g. foo_N.vtk), paraview currently only recognizes N as an integer sequence (for instance where N=001,002,003,..). If the time series is named after a time represented by a float (e.g. N=0.5,1.0,1.5,... where you can think of that numbers as being seconds) the file series is not recognized.
    Since naming a file after it's simulation time seems to be a fairly common practice, it would be helpful to expand the naming patterns and allow for N to be a float and not only an integer.

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  2. For mouse zoom, use the mouse pointer as center for the zoom

    Instead of using the center of the screen (camera view) as zoom center.
    Basically, this is the behavior of most CAD tools, and it eliminates the need to zoom and pan in two steps

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  3. Modify the transform filter to allow single-axis-at-a-time transformations

    In some modeling software, when you are in transform mode (ie the transform filter) you can select a particular axis to translate/rotate about by pressing 'x', 'y', or 'z' before performing the operation. It is very hard to position an object in 3d without that ability. Maybe by clicking the "balls" at the end of the transform axes with different buttons you could specify that functionality.

    http://public.kitware.com/Bug/view.php?id=9036

    28 votes
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  4. Add a ruler tool to calculate distances between 2 points on surfaces in the 3D geometry view

    It is often useful to check distance between parts of a 3D geometry you are viewing and processing. This could be achieved with a ruler tool That would give not only the distance magnitude between two points, but also x, y and z distances.

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  5. Limit precision in GUI text edits

    Right now the text boxes in the GUI can display numbers of pretty much any precision. Although in general this is a good thing, it get really annoying if the boxes are displaying numbers with too much precision to fit in the text box. For example, if you rotate the camera with the mouse and then go the the Adjust Camera dialog, all the text boxes under Camaera Positions have a crazy amount of precision that makes it impossible to really read the numbers and hard to edit them. This happens in many other places in the GUI such as…

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  6. Don't hang the client during Filter/Reader/Writer execution

    It would be nice if the user could still use the UI while the servers are working.

    Corollary: Progress bars!

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  7. Improve parallelization for multi-processor machines

    Since virtually all computers have at least 2, rather 4 or even more cores, it would be great to be able to utilize them.

    For now, I haven't found a way to to postprocess OpenFOAM data or StarCD data in parallel on one machine and gain a speed-up. (infact, setup via "mpirun -np2 pvserver" decreased performance to 0.5x). I have read that the "not-legacy" VTK reader is parallel, so could there be at least a converter from old-VTK to new VTK? (if the reader is the problem)

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  8. add X3Dom export to get a easy webgl rendere

    ParaView has already a nice X3D exporter. Would be very easy and useful if somebody would create an additional X3Dom exporter by adding some static lines to the X3D exporter. This would allow to render the data with WebGL in a web-page without a plugin. Example: http://x3dom.org/x3dom/example/x3dom_paraviewExport.xhtml

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  9. Export to COLLADA or similar 3d format, for high quality rendering

    While it is posible to export .x3d and . vrml in Paraview, it is only for static scenes. There should be an posibility for exporting time varianse geometry to open 3d animation formats.

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  10. Alpha blending or opacity by data value

    It would be great to set the opacity by a certain data value or set an alpha blending respectively.
    E.g. you have a 3D object with a discrete density distribution. The density is illustrated by color. Every density value was determined with a certain accuracy. Now it would be great to illustrate cells with good accuracy opaque and cells will fade more and more by increasing errors.

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  11. Support for NASTRAN output files f06 or/and op2.

    Now PV support only bdf (nastran input) files...

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  12. Add GIF Animation Output Option

    It would be great if Paraview could directly output animations to the GIF format.

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  13. openfoam

    The standard release of Paraview can read binary double precision OpenFOAM cases. It would be very useful if it could read binary and ascii and single and double precision natively. If it could autodetect the format and precision when reading the data in, this would also be extremely useful.

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  14. Add a shortcut for loading state

    would be great to have a keyboard shortcut for load state (it's as useful as a shortcut for open).

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  15. Add interpolator type (cell locator) to stream tracer with custom source

    Stream lines often break with point locator (default) of stream tracer with unstructured vtu data. One solution is to choose cell locator instead of point locator. But "stream tracer with custom source", which includes all flexibility to choose source points, does not have these options to choose.

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  16. Allow frequently used filters to be added to the common filters toolbar

    It would be great if you could support a customizable toolbar option, so that I can add frequently used filters to the existing common filters toolbar, rather than having to navigate to Filters->Recent

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  17. 19 votes
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  18. SpacePilot (3DConnexion) support without manual build

    Today, SpacePilot is supported only if you build ParaView manually. My guess is that this excludes most users. It would be great if SpacePilot could be supported by default - or if that has drawbacks, then maybe as a plugin?

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  19. Hide the Output Messages window

    Hello,

    I find it a bit annoying that the "Output Messages" window pops up every time I do something in Paraview. I've dug around in menus and settings and there seems to be no obvious way of disabling it.

    I would prefer it to stay closed when I press "close", or at least not have it always on top of the UI. Most of the time, things are working well and I don't need to see the information in this window. I just want to look at my data.

    Example of output :

    Registered event listener change listener: true
    FIXME:…

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  20. Add support to terrestrial laser scanning data

    Laser scanning data are typically in xyzRGB format, where xyz are the coordinates and RGB are columns for the R, G, and B colours (values from 0...255 for each). The current support for only one colour field could be extended to define the colours through three different fields. In addition, laser scanning data, i.e. point clouds, may contain points up to billions, in which case long coordinates may hinder the calculation time needed for the visualisation. Therefore it is suggested to build an filter or process that only takes into account the changing parts of the coordinates.

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