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Some Tips for Borland (C++ Builder) and VTK (4.n)

Package Directory

This contains a simple package which includes a RenderWindow Component. Build the package and install it to the palette. If you have trouble loading the package project, just create a new one and add in the code. If you can’t get the package built or you do not know how to do this, then you ought to learn about C++ Builder before you play with VTK (the package project is CBuilder 6, if you are using CBuilder 5, just create an empty package and add vtkBorlandRenderWindow into it, then compile and install).

Package creation steps

The following steps apply specifically to the Borland C++ Builder (BCB) 5 IDE, but may work with later/earlier versions of the IDE. These steps will establish a BCB package with one component, a vtkBorlandRenderWindow, which may be dropped onto a form (etc.) during GUI development in the IDE. These steps bypass the use of and enable one to overwrite/create the package from scratch using the unit file /vtkBorland/Package/vtkBorlandRenderWindow.cpp and its header file /vtkBorland/Package/vtkBorlandRenderWindow.h.

In the Borland C++ Builder IDE:

  1. Component->Install Component Into new package Unit file name: (Browse) /vtkBorland/Package/vtkBorlandRenderWindow.cpp Package file name: (Browse for directory and type) vtkBorlandRenderWindowPkg Package description: (as a suggestion) VTK-Borland render window a Confirm dialogue pops up: ‘Package vtkBorlandRenderWindowPkg will be built then installed’ choose no
  2. Options->Compiler choose debug or release
  3. Options->Directories/Conditionals Include path: /VTK/Common /VTK/Filtering /VTK/Rendering path to vtkConfigure.h Library path: path to vtk libs Conditionals: Add ‘STRICT’ *optionally, if you compile VTK with VTK_DEBUG_LEAKS:BOOL=ON, you can also add VTK_DEBUG_LEAKS as a conditional. If so, then you must add the following additional include directories: /VTK/Graphics /VTK/Imaging /VTK/IO /VTK/Utilities/vtkjpeg /VTK/Utilities/vtkpng /VTK/Utilities/vtkzlib /VTK/Utilities/vtkfreetype /VTK/Utilities/vtkftgl and add the corresponding libs as in step 4

  4. Add->Add Unit->Browse Files of type: choose Library file (*.lib) find and choose vtkCommon.lib vtkFiltering.lib vtkRendering.lib

  5. Compile
  6. Install an Information popup should appear: ‘Package …vtkBorlandRenderWindowPkg.bpl has been installed. The following new component(s) have been registered: TvtkBorlandRenderWindow.’
  7. File->Close All choose Save
  8. Check that there is an icon for the component on the palette under the Samples tab

ProjectDemo Directory

A simple project is provided that uses the vtkBorlandRenderWindow Component above. The project files have been created in C++ Builder 6 and you may need to delete/re-create them if you are using an earlier version of C++ Builder. In particular, if you get link errors to rtl.bpi or rtl.lib, these used to be named rtl50.bpi and vcl50.bpi, etc.

The best thing to do is delete the project, create a new one, add in the files and off you go. The demo project is very simple and should get you started. Steps for building the demo project are the same as the package above, however you will need to “use” the package too.

Building the example in the IDE:

  1. File->New Application this creates a blank form and unit
  2. Project->Add to Project browse and add the unit ..\vtkBorland\ProjectDemo\Form_Test.cpp
  3. Project->Remove from Project choose the default created ‘Unit1.cpp’
  4. Project->Options->Forms choose VTK_Form form the list of available forms and add it to the list of Auto-create forms if the list is empty select VTK_Form as the sample project’s Main form
  5. Project->Options->Compiler choose debug or release
  6. Project->Options->Directories/Conditionals Include path to header files: path to /VTK/Common path to /VTK/Filtering path to /VTK/Graphics path to /VTK/Rendering path to vtkConfigure.h (in-source or out-of-source VTK build directory) path to vtkBorlandRenderwindow.h Library path: path to Borland compiled VTK libs Conditionals: Add ‘STRICT’ Intermediate output: your choice Final output: your choice
  7. Project->Add to Project browse and add the VTK libs: vtkCommon, vtkFiltering, vtkGraphics, vtkRendering
  8. File->Save Project As choose a name and save (e.g., Project1)
  9. Project->Build Project1 debug as required
  10. Project->Run

*This project was last successfully tested 140304 in both the BCB5 and BCB6 IDEs by Dean Inglis

Conditional Defines

You should use conditional defines STRICT; in each VTK based project you work on. It may help solve some linking problems. STRICT causes the compiler to strongly type HWND and prevents a compiler cough caused by defining certain functions twice (because it thinks void* and HWND are the same otherwise).


You must ensure that your project/options/directories includes the correct VTK directory paths: e.g., D:\vtk\Common;D:\vtk\Filtering;D:\vtk\Imaging;D:\vtk\Graphics;D:\vtk\IO; D:\vtk\Rendering;D:\vtk\Hybrid; and you also need to add in something like D:\vtkbuild or wherever you build VTK into using cmake because the file vtkConfigure.h is placed there and you need to include it.

Make sure that you’re projects link to the VTK libs and have the correct directory in your lib dirs. You will usually need to link to vtkCommon.lib; vtkFiltering.lib; vtkImaging.lib; vtkGraphics.lib; vtkO.lib; vtkRendering.lib; vtkHybrid.lib.

You can save some trouble by getting a project working with a minimal setup and adding it to your repository as a vtk_project_template. This may save re-doing directories and stuff frequently.