vtkPNGWriter writes invalid image on Update()
Multiple VTK users ran into the issue that vtkPNGWriter (and similar writers) generate invalid output files if their
Update() method is called instead of their
Write() method. See for example here. It is quite confusing because the documentation does not explicitly describe this and if call
Update() then there is no error message and some file is generated (it is just invalid).
The root cause of the issue is that
vtkImageWriter implements file writing in
RequestData() method, while most writers implement it in
Probably the best would be to update writers to work similarly to
vtkImageWriter (write on
Update()) because then writers would work the same way as all other filters.
Write method could be still kept for backward compatibility but it would just call
RequestData() method (via