[ros-users] Should I write plugins for rqt or rviz?

Austin Hendrix legotown at aol.com
Sat Nov 24 01:34:00 UTC 2012

How you visualize your data is heavily dependent on what you want to visualize and how you want to display it.

If you have data that's spatial or 3D, such as laser scan data or a 3D direction vector, visualizing that data in rviz is probably better. If your data is better represented as one or two variables vs time, rat may be a better visualization tool.

I would look carefully at the available tools before deciding that you need to write a plugin. Rviz can already visualize direction vectors, 3D transforms, and a number of different types of sensor data. RQT already has plugins for graphing data against time, replacing the older rxplot tool.


On Nov 23, 2012, at 10:46 AM, Christopher Berner <christopherberner at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm writing some GUI plugins for visualizing data coming off an Arducopter, and after looking through the docs and release announcement for Groovy, I'm not sure which library I should be writing plugins for. Is it recommended that plugins be written for rqt or rviz? And are there any tutorials for doing so, for the upcoming Groovy release?
> Thanks!
> Christopher
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