Chapter 1. Introduction

MayaVi is a scientific data visualizer. It is written in Python and uses the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) for the visualization. An easy to use GUI using Tkinter is provided. MayaVi is free software and is distributed under the conditions of the BSD license. It is also cross platform and should run on any platform where both Python and VTK are available (which is almost any *nix, Mac OSX or Windows).

In Sanskrit "Mayavi" means magician. The name wasn't exactly chosen for its meaning but was the result of a long and hard search with the author pestering a lot of people for suggestions. My sincere thanks to all of those who offered suggestions.

MayaVi has a quite a few useful features:

And a lot more. MayaVi is free software and hence can be modified to do things differently. The rest of this manual will provide information on how to use it.