What is P3D? P3D is a collection of simple but efficient fortran 77 routines, which can be used with the PGPLOT graphics library to plot three-dimensional particle distributions. The plots can be easily made interactive and allow for manipulation, which could be an efficient tool for examining a distribution and finding the optimal rendering technique. Demo programs, available in the distribution, show how the routines can be used to create 3D plots, manipulate them via keys or with a mouse, and create sequences of frames that can be used to create a movie showing the 3D distribution in motion.
The programs are available for download as gzipped-tarred archive p3d.tar.gz.
|An example of output generated using the P3D routines: 3D view of the formation of structures in a simulation of CDM model with cosmological constant. The size of shown box is 30/h Mpc. 10% of the total number of particles (2,097,152) is shown. Particles are color-coded with local density at the position of the particle. Click in the image to get a still view of the final state (z=0.0). An example of a short fly-by movie made using P3D routines is available here (MPEG, 1.7Mb).|
If you have access to the OpenGL library, you may be interested in checking out fast interactive program called written by Michael Blanton.
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