VisPy 0.7.0 has just been released on PyPI and conda-forge. This is a big release that has been in the works for a while now. This release was made possible thanks to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative's Essential Open Source Software for Science Grant. I also want to thank the folks in the Napari community (https://napari.org/) for helping us with new features, bug fixes, and testing. We've also had a lot of help from the original creators of VisPy including Almar Klein who has done a lot of work in this final stretch to get 0.7 out. Lastly, I want to thank Alex ("asnt" on GitHub) for volunteering his time and essentially rewriting the MeshVisual and adding a lot of new features to it. A few of the other new features are listed below. The full release notes including the users that contributed to the project can be found at https://github.com/vispy/vispy/blob/main/CHANGELOG.md.
What's new in 0.7:
* VolumeVisuals and ImageVisuals now support floating point textures * MeshVisual has been rewritten and shading logic separated out to a special "ShadingFilter" with much more control over the shading properties. * MeshVisual also has new filters like TextureFilter for adding textures to a mesh and WireframeFilter for showing the wireframe for your mesh. * A new MeshNormalsVisual for displaying the normals of a Mesh. * New website (more content coming soon) * Many many many bug fixes related to picking, depth/overlapping issues, memory leaks, and other performance improvements. * Code cleanup and removal of old vendored/bundled dependencies including a new grid solver based on kiwisolver.
What is VisPy? --------------
VisPy is a Python library for interactive scientific visualization that is designed to be fast, scalable, and easy to use. VisPy leverages the computational power of modern Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) through the OpenGL library to display very large datasets. Applications of VisPy include:
High-quality interactive scientific plots with millions of points. Direct visualization of real-time data. Fast interactive visualization of 3D models (meshes, volume rendering). OpenGL visualization demos. Scientific GUIs with fast, scalable visualization widgets (Qt or IPython notebook with WebGL).
See the Gallery and many other example scripts on the VisPy website (http://vispy.org/).
VisPy supports Python 3.6+ on Linux, Mac OSX, and Windows. VisPy's heavy use of the GPU means that users will need to have modern and up-to-date video drivers for their system. VisPy can use one of many backends, see the documentation for details. We strive to keep backwards compatibility with older versions of VisPy, but interfaces are still being designed to best serve our users. As such, some things may have changed that break your existing usage. See the Release Notes (linked below) for more information on what has changed and contact the VisPy developers for help with any problems you run into.
GitHub: https://github.com/vispy/vispy Website: http://vispy.org/ Gitter (for chat): https://gitter.im/vispy/vispy Mailing list: https://groups.google.com/forum/#%21forum/vispy Release Notes: https://github.com/vispy/vispy/blob/main/CHANGELOG.md
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