Remove user-drawn PolyDraw polygons programmatically

I would like to have a Panel application with a PolyDraw tool where the user can draw an unlimited number of polygons, and the console will print out the data of the polygons. I would also like to add a “clear all” button, which will clear all of the polygon data, effectively resetting the plot back to the start. The following is the code I am using to do this.

import holoviews as hv
import panel as pn
from holoviews import opts, streams


def myfunc(data):

poly = hv.Polygons([]).opts(opts.Polygons(fill_alpha=0.3, fill_color='black', active_tools=['poly_draw']))
poly_stream = streams.PolyDraw(source=poly, drag=False, num_objects=0, show_vertices=True,
                                styles={'fill_color' : 'black'}, vertex_style={'size': 5, 'fill_color': 'white', 'line_color' : 'black'})

def clearPolys(button):
    global poly_stream
    print("CLEAR BUTTON PUSHED!!!!!")
    poly_stream.event(data={'xs': [], 'ys': []})

clearBtn = pn.widgets.Button(name='Clear', button_type='primary')
pn.bind(clearPolys, clearBtn, watch=True)
pn.Row(clearBtn, poly).servable()

However, this doesn’t really work. Below is the output of me drawing a single line, then clearing, then drawing another line.

2024-01-13 16:06:47,914 Starting Bokeh server version 3.2.2 (running on Tornado 6.3.3)
2024-01-13 16:06:47,916 User authentication hooks NOT provided (default user enabled)
2024-01-13 16:06:47,917 Bokeh app running at: http://localhost:5006/panelclearpolys
2024-01-13 16:06:47,917 Starting Bokeh server with process id: 87141
2024-01-13 16:06:53,602 WebSocket connection opened
2024-01-13 16:06:53,603 ServerConnection created
{'xs': [[0.047305045871559634, 0.047305045871559634]], 'ys': [[0.8122448979591836, 0.8122448979591836]], 'fill_color': [0]}
{'xs': [[0.047305045871559634, 0.7858371559633027]], 'ys': [[0.8122448979591836, 0.8653061224489796]], 'fill_color': ['black']}
{'xs': [], 'ys': []}
{'xs': [[0.047305045871559634, 0.7858371559633027], [0.11611238532110092, 0.11611238532110092]], 'ys': [[0.8122448979591836, 0.8653061224489796], [0.39183673469387753, 0.39183673469387753]], 'fill_color': ['black', 0]}
{'xs': [[0.047305045871559634, 0.7858371559633027], [0.11611238532110092, 0.5794151376146789]], 'ys': [[0.8122448979591836, 0.8653061224489796], [0.39183673469387753, 0.636734693877551]], 'fill_color': ['black', 'black']}

You can see that the data is empty for one update, but somehow, the old vertices come back, and the plot is never cleared. Is there any way I can get the polygons to disappear from the plot, and have their vertices removed from the stream data?

(I am working on a much more complex project than this, but this demonstrates what I want to do)

I sort of figured this one out… it was much more complicated than it needs to be and ended up requiring me to re-render everything on the plot.

In the above example, I don’t think it would be possible. You need to write a class and store the axes as properties… like so: all that just to remove some polygons · wx4stg/pyxlma-explorer@0c8acba · GitHub

Hi @wx4stg

Try opening a specific feature request if you believe something could/ should be improved. Or alternatively try starting a discussion on Discord HoloViz. Some of the HoloViews core developers monitor those forums more closely.