SoText3.3coin3 man page

SoText3 — The SoText3 class renders extruded 3D text.

Render text as 3D geometry.  


#include <Inventor/nodes/SoText3.h>

Inherits SoShape.

Public Types

enum Part { FRONT = 1, SIDES = 2, BACK = 4, ALL = FRONT|BACK|SIDES }
enum Justification { LEFT = 1, RIGHT, CENTER }

Public Member Functions

virtual SoType getTypeId (void) const
SbBox3f getCharacterBounds (SoState *state, int stringindex, int charindex)
virtual void GLRender (SoGLRenderAction *action)
virtual void getPrimitiveCount (SoGetPrimitiveCountAction *action)

Static Public Member Functions

static SoType getClassTypeId (void)
static void initClass (void)

Public Attributes

SoMFString string
SoSFFloat spacing
SoSFEnum justification
SoSFBitMask parts

Protected Member Functions

virtual const SoFieldData * getFieldData (void) const
virtual void generatePrimitives (SoAction *)
virtual void computeBBox (SoAction *action, SbBox3f &box, SbVec3f &center)
virtual SoDetail * createTriangleDetail (SoRayPickAction *action, const SoPrimitiveVertex *v1, const SoPrimitiveVertex *v2, const SoPrimitiveVertex *v3, SoPickedPoint *pp)
virtual void notify (SoNotList *list)

Static Protected Member Functions

static const SoFieldData ** getFieldDataPtr (void)

Additional Inherited Members

Detailed Description

The SoText3 class renders extruded 3D text.

Render text as 3D geometry.

The size of the textual geometry representation is decided from the SoFont::size field of a preceding SoFont-node in the scene graph, which specifies the size in unit coordinates. This value sets the approximate vertical size of the letters. The default value if no SoFont-nodes are used, is 10.

This node will create 3D geometry from a specified font defined by a preceding SoFont node. The complexity of the glyphs is controlled by a preceding SoComplexity node with Type set to OBJECT_SPACE. Please note that the default builtin 3D font will not be affected by the SoComplexity node.

This is a simple example of an extruded SoText3 string:

 #Inventor V2.1 ascii

 Separator {
   renderCaching ON
   Font {
      name "Arial"
      size 2
   ProfileCoordinate2 {
     point [ 0 0,
             0.05 0.05,
             0.25 0.05,
             0.3 0 ]
   LinearProfile {
     index [ 0, 1, 2, 3 ]
   Complexity {
     type OBJECT_SPACE
     value 1
   ShapeHints {
     creaseAngle 1.5
     shapeType SOLID
     vertexOrdering COUNTERCLOCKWISE
   Material {
     diffuseColor 0.6 0.6 0.8
     specularColor 1 1 1
   Text3 {
     string ["Coin3D"]
     parts ALL


if SoText3::Part is set to SIDES or ALL and no profile is provided, a flat, one unit long profile will be created.

Separate colors can be assigned to the front, sides and back of the glyphs by adding a preceding SoMaterialBinding node. Set the value field to PER_PART (default is OVERALL). The front, side and back of the glyphs will then be colored according to diffuse color 0, 1 and 2 found on the stack.

Beware that using a lot of SoText3 text characters in a scene will usually have severe impact on the rendering performance, as each and every character of the text increases the polygon-count a lot. This makes SoText3 nodes most suitable in situations where you just need a few characters to be placed in your scene, rather than to visualize complete sentences.


Text3 {
    string ""
    spacing 1
    justification LEFT
    parts FRONT

See also:

SoText2, SoAsciiText, SoProfile

Member Enumeration Documentation

enum SoText3::Part

Used to specify which parts should be rendered/generated.



Front of characters.


Sides of characters.


Back of characters.


All parts.

enum SoText3::Justification

Used to specify horizontal string alignment.



Left edges of strings are aligned.


Right edges of strings are aligned.


Strings are centered.

Member Function Documentation

SoType SoText3::getTypeId (void) const [virtual]

Returns the type identification of an object derived from a class inheriting SoBase. This is used for run-time type checking and 'downward' casting.

Usage example:

void foo(SoNode * node)
  if (node->getTypeId() == SoFile::getClassTypeId()) {
    SoFile * filenode = (SoFile *)node;  // safe downward cast, knows the type

For application programmers wanting to extend the library with new nodes, engines, nodekits, draggers or others: this method needs to be overridden in all subclasses. This is typically done as part of setting up the full type system for extension classes, which is usually accomplished by using the pre-defined macros available through for instance Inventor/nodes/SoSubNode.h (SO_NODE_INIT_CLASS and SO_NODE_CONSTRUCTOR for node classes), Inventor/engines/SoSubEngine.h (for engine classes) and so on.

For more information on writing Coin extensions, see the class documentation of the toplevel superclasses for the various class groups.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

const SoFieldData * SoText3::getFieldData (void) const [protected], [virtual]

Returns a pointer to the class-wide field data storage object for this instance. If no fields are present, returns NULL.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

SbBox3f SoText3::getCharacterBounds (SoState * state, int stringindex, int charindex)

Not implemented. Should probably have been private in OIV. Let us know if you need this method for anything, and we'll implement it.

void SoText3::GLRender (SoGLRenderAction * action) [virtual]

Action method for the SoGLRenderAction.

This is called during rendering traversals. Nodes influencing the rendering state in any way or who wants to throw geometry primitives at OpenGL overrides this method.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

void SoText3::getPrimitiveCount (SoGetPrimitiveCountAction * action) [virtual]

Action method for the SoGetPrimitiveCountAction.

Calculates the number of triangle, line segment and point primitives for the node and adds these to the counters of the action.

Nodes influencing how geometry nodes calculates their primitive count also overrides this method to change the relevant state variables.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

void SoText3::generatePrimitives (SoAction * action) [protected], [virtual]

The method implements action behavior for shape nodes for SoCallbackAction. It is invoked from SoShape::callback(). (Subclasses should not override SoNode::callback().)

The subclass implementations uses the convenience methods SoShape::beginShape(), SoShape::shapeVertex(), and SoShape::endShape(), with SoDetail instances, to pass the primitives making up the shape back to the caller.

Implements SoShape.

void SoText3::computeBBox (SoAction * action, SbBox3f & box, SbVec3f & center) [protected], [virtual]

Implemented by SoShape subclasses to let the SoShape superclass know the exact size and weighted center point of the shape's bounding box.

The bounding box and center point should be calculated and returned in the local coordinate system.

The method implements action behavior for shape nodes for SoGetBoundingBoxAction. It is invoked from SoShape::getBoundingBox(). (Subclasses should not override SoNode::getBoundingBox().)

The box parameter sent in is guaranteed to be an empty box, while center is undefined upon function entry.

Implements SoShape.

SoDetail * SoText3::createTriangleDetail (SoRayPickAction * action, const SoPrimitiveVertex * v1, const SoPrimitiveVertex * v2, const SoPrimitiveVertex * v3, SoPickedPoint * pp) [protected], [virtual]

Will create triangle detail for a SoPickedPoint. This method will only be called internally, when generatePrimitives() is used for picking (SoShape::rayPick() is not overridden).

This method returns NULL in Open Inventor, and subclasses will need to override this method to create details for a SoPickedPoint.

This is not necessary with Coin. Of course, if you choose to override it, it will work in the same way as Open Inventor.

For this to work, you must supply a face or line detail when generating primitives. If you supply NULL for the detail argument in SoShape::beginShape(), you'll have to override this method.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

void SoText3::notify (SoNotList * l) [protected], [virtual]

Notifies all auditors for this instance when changes are made.

Reimplemented from SoShape.

Member Data Documentation

SoMFString SoText3::string

The strings to render.

Array defaults to contain a single empty string.

SoSFFloat SoText3::spacing

Vertical spacing. 1.0 is the default spacing.

SoSFEnum SoText3::justification

Horizontal justification. Default is alignment at the left border.

SoSFBitMask SoText3::parts

Character parts. Default is to show only the front-facing part.


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Referenced By

SoText3.3coin2(3) is an alias of SoText3.3coin3(3).

Tue Feb 7 2017 Version 3.1.3 Coin