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AnyToPL — convert an arbitrary geom to a polylist (OFF file format)


#include "geomutil.h"

Geom *AnyToPL(Geom *, Transform);


AnyToPL() takes any geom as an arguement.  It then returns a polylist object which is geometrically identical to the original geom.  The transform argument is the transform applied  to the entire object; it should generally be set to TM_IDENTITY when AnyToPL() is first called.  Geometric objects are handled in the following ways:

Polylists:  A transformed copy of the original is returned.

Bezier:  The object is rediced if necessary, then handled as a mesh object.

Quad:  The object is directly transformed into a new polylist.

Mesh:  The object is directly transformed into a new polylist, with extra polygons added to do the wrapping if necessary.

Vect:  The object is converted into a polylist containing a 2-gon for every segment in the original vector object.  The colors of the faces  are the same as the colors of the original object, but this generally is irrelevant since the faces are not visible.  Note that edge visibility must be enabled for an object which has been converted from a vect to a polylist to be visible in geomview.

List:  AnyToPL() is called recursively and the resultant polylists are combined using PLCombine(3). Inst:  AnyToPL() is called recursively with a new transformation matrix. The resultant polylists are combined using PLCombine(3).

No effort is made to eliminate identical vertices.  However, no extraneous repeated vertexes should be created.  The resultant polylist should  have the same number of vertexes as the original object.


AnyToPL() is part of the geomutil library; see geomutil(3) for information on how to link your program with this library.

See Also

plcombine(3), anytooff(1), geomview(1), geomutil(3)


Celeste Fowler
The Geometry Center


June 15, 1992 Geometry Center