by Mike Colonna
A note on usage: The VTK.js library is currently undergoing development. As such, there is not a one-to-one correspondence of VTK functions and objects to VTK.js.
A note on VR usage: VTK.js apparently does support VR via OpenVR. However, the documentation to set up such a VR web app is sparse.
Accessibility: The estimated time for someone to create Hello World
Beginner: No coding or graphics experience | 1 hour
Intermediate: Some coding or graphics experience | 20 minutes
Advanced: Both coding and graphics experience | 10 minutes
Expert: A lot of experience with computer graphics, specifically with this software | <10 minutes
Power: The engine's power - i.e. how much one can do with this
Medium: VTK.js is a library mainly for enabling visualization of data on the web. As such, it ports the tools from VTK that are used specifically for the task of rendering. However, it does not span the breadth of VTK functionality, and lacks support for deeper functions like exporting models.
Usage: Evaluation of software's use for the following purposes
Game Design - N/A.
Education - VTK.js is great for educational data visualizations, and its ability to be added to any web page allows it to be consumed by anyone with an internet connection and functional browser.
Science - VTK.js supports a number of 3D model types and is great for visualizing data in a browser. For simple visualizations on the web, definitely consider it!
Recommended System Requirements
A modern browser (i.e. Chrome, Firefox) that supports WebGL 2
For project development:
Free (Open Source)