8. Multiblock Inspector¶
Composite datasets (Section 3) such as multiblock datasets
and AMR are often encountered when visualizing results from several
scientific simulation codes e.g. OpenFOAM, Exodus, etc. Readers for several of
these simulation file formats support selecting which blocks to read.
Additionally, you may want to control display properties such as visibility, opacity,
and color for individual blocks or subtress. You can use the
Multiblock Inspector panel for this.
Fig. 8.9 shows the
Multiblock Inspector showing the
hieararchy from an Exodus dataset. The panel tracks the active source and reflects the
structure for the data produced by the active source. The display properties reflect
their state in the active view.
To show or hide a block you have to click on the checkbox next to the block name. Toggling the visibility of a non-leaf block, affects the visibility of the entire subtree.
The first column reflects the color used for the block. The color for a block can be specified in multiple ways. First, you can choose to not use any block specific overrides and simply let the default display properties ( Section 4.3) affect the rendering. This is the default behavior. When that is the case for any block, it is indicated in the color column by an empty dotted circle . Second, you can explicitly override the color to use for a block or a subtree. To do this, simply double click on the color column next to the block of interest. This will pop up the color chooser dialog. Explicitly overridden color for a block is indicated by a solid filled circle icon filled with the selected color. When an explicit color is set on a non-leaf node, all its children (and their children) inherit that color unless explicitly overridden. For such nodes that have a color inherited from their parent, we use the dotted-circle icon filled with a pattern icon .
The second column reflects the opacity override for the blocks. Similar to color, the opacity could be simply using value from the display properties , or explicitly set , or inhertied from parent node .
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In most cases with multiblock datasets, ParaView uses the
vtkBlockColors array for coloring. This is an array filled with random values so that each
block can be colored using a different color. That makes it easier to visually
see each of the blocks in the view. When in this mode,
Multiblock Inspector ‘s color column shows the color used for each of
the blocks using the same icon as the one used
for inherited colors i.e. .
You can change colors and opacities for a specific block by double clicking on the corresponding icon. This allows setting values one at a time. For specifying color and opacity overrides for multiple elements, you can select the items and then right click to get the context menu. The context menu allows you to change these properties for all the selected items, as shown in Fig. 8.10.
Besides using the
Multiblock Inspector to set color and opacity overrides
for blocks, you can also directly changes these parameters from the
Render View itself.
Simply right-click in the render view on the block of interest and
you’ll get a context menu, Fig. 8.11, that allows
changing the block properties and are more.
Another useful feature with the
Multiblock Inspector is selection. If you
simply click on any row in the inspector, you will select the block (or
subtree) and the active view will highlight the selected block(s). Conversely,
if you make a block-based selection in the active
Render View using ,
you will see the corresponding blocks highlighted
Multiblock Inspector panel.