VTK Textbook and User’s Guide now available for download

TextbookCoverKitware is releasing the VTK Textbook and VTK User’s Guide for PDF download. Follow the links below to a landing page where you can buy a printed version, or download a PDF. If you wish to buy several copies, contact us for a sweet deal.

Longer term, the plan is to convert these books to LaTeX or other open authoring tool (converted from Framemaker) and place the content into an open repository. The first step is to mostly duplicate what exists now; eventually we have the ambitious goal to completely rewrite / recombine / rethink the books. For example, one possibility is to use VTK.js (under development now) to offer web interaction with examples etc. We can certainly use the talents of the VTK community and interested others to take this challenge on, so if you want to help please let us know.

4 Responses to VTK Textbook and User’s Guide now available for download

  1. Interesting and thanks !
    Did you consider using asciidoc rather than latex ? If yes why this choice ?

  2. Will Schroeder says:

    Francois thanks for the comment. I should have made it more clear that we will consider a number of possibilities including LaTeX and others like asciidoc etc. We’ll have to run some tests with equation generation and layout since the VTK Textbook has some fancy math notation. I expect that we’ll work with the community to make a final choice and the authoring tools.

  3. Yeguang says:

    It’s great that the VTK Textbook is now available for free download! It seems in the current PDF, I still have some trouble with equation display, e.g., Eq 3-2 and 3-3 on Page 41. I am looking forward to the Latex format.

  4. John says:

    very interesting ! I can confirm, I’m also having some problems with math display…

Questions or comments are always welcome!