The PLY format is a versatile ASCII format for storing meshes. Also known as Polygon File Format or Stanford Triangle Format.

write.fs.surface.ply(filepath, vertex_coords, faces, vertex_colors = NULL)



string. Full path to the output surface file, should end with '.vtk', but that is not enforced.


n x 3 matrix of doubles. Each row defined the x,y,z coords for a vertex.


m x 3 matrix of integers. Each row defined the 3 vertex indices that make up the face. WARNING: Vertex indices should be given in R-style, i.e., the index of the first vertex is 1. However, they will be written in FreeSurfer style, i.e., all indices will have 1 substracted, so that the index of the first vertex will be zero.


optional, matrix of RGBA vertex colors, number of rows must be the same as for vertex_coords. Color values must be integers in range 0-255. Alternatively, a vector of *n* RGB color strings can be passed.


string the format that was written. One of "tris" or "quads". Currently only triangular meshes are supported, so always 'tris'.


See also


# \donttest{
    # Read a surface from a file:
    surface_file = system.file("extdata", "lh.tinysurface",
     package = "freesurferformats", mustWork = TRUE);
    mesh = read.fs.surface(surface_file);

    # Now save it:
    write.fs.surface.ply(tempfile(fileext=".ply"), mesh$vertices, mesh$faces);

    # save a version with RGBA vertex colors
    vertex_colors = matrix(rep(82L, 5*4), ncol=4);
    write.fs.surface.ply(tempfile(fileext=".ply"), mesh$vertices,
     mesh$faces, vertex_colors=vertex_colors);
# }