Selection in ParaView What are we selecting? Data produced by a source Active Selection One application wide selection All views show the same selection if possible Creating a new selection results in removing the old one Transient: cannot be saved in state files, does not respect undo/redo.
Selection Components Selection Inspector Inspect the active selection Spreadsheet View Inspect the selected data
Active Selection Inspector Accessible through View | Selection Inspector Used to create/modify active selection Shows the properties of the active selection Control how the active selection is shown
Create new selection Active selection properties Selected cells ids Selection type Selection display Properties/Labeling
Spreadsheet View Used to view the raw cell/point data To create: split an existing view and select Spreadsheet view Display tab provides option to view only selected items
What is shown in the view Show only selected items Select block to inspect Attribute shown
Selecting using 3D View Surface cells/points Cells/Points within a frustum Blocks in a composite dataset
Select Cells on surface Used to select any set of visible cells on the surface of a dataset Representation should be points / wireframe / surface / surface with edges With 3D view active, use theSelect Cells On tool button (shortcut S) to enter selection mode Click and drag to select cells
Select Points on surface Same as selecting cells on surface except use Select Points On tool button.
Selection Linking Selection is linked among all views (whenever possible) Active selection is shown in all view (whenever possible)
Select Cells Through Select all cells intersecting a frustum Use Select Cells Through Selection Inspector has a check button to show the selection frustum Use Select Points Through for selecting points
Select Blocks Select blocks in a composite dataset
Composite Datasets Composite datasets are datasets comprising of other datasets. Group together assemblies: vtkMultiBlockDataSet Adaptive mesh refinement: vtkHierarchicalBoxDataSet
Select Blocks Use Select Block (shortcut B) to select blocks in a composite dataset Keep Ctrl pressed when clicking to add to existing selected blocks
Selecting using Spreadsheet View Can create Point/Cell index based selections (depending on what attribute is being shown) Click to select rows as one would in any spreadsheet application Can use modifiers such as Ctrl, Shift while selecting Selection is shown in all views
Selecting using Selection Inspector Create new selections Convert selections id based to global id based frustum to id based Modify existing selection
Location based selection Select cell enclosing the location or select point closet to the location within a threshold Created using the Selection Inspector and changing the selection type to Locations Provides widgets to specify locations
Threshold based selection Select cells or points that have an attribute value within the specified range Created using Selection Inspector
Labeling Selected Items Label selected cells/points using Selection Inspector Choose the array/id to label with
Extract Selection Extract selected subset for further processing Create Extract Selection filter Make selection and Copy Active Selection Hit Apply
Extract Selection Once a selection is extracted its treated as a first class data source. One can apply filters to it as usual. Extracted selection get saved in state files.
Plot Selection over Time Plot data variable changes over time for a set of cells or points Use Plot Selection Over Time filter Make selection and Copy Active Selection Output can be shown on a XY plot
Plot Selection over Time Changes for each cell/point selected can be plotted, one at a time, by choosing the block on the Display Tab
Conclusion Selection provides mechanism to focus on a subset of the dataset Selection identifies the cells/points in the output of a filter/source Active selection is shown in all views (when applicable) Selection inspector can be used to create/modify the active selection Spreadsheet view can be used to explore the attribute values for the selected items Extracting a selection makes it possible to further processes the selected subset
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