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The Persistence of Vision Raytracer is a high-quality, Free Software tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics. The source code is available for those wanting to do their own ports.


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POV-Ray 3.7.1 enters beta phase

POV-Ray 3.7.1 has officially entered public beta testing phase.

Source code and a Windows installer can be found on our GitHub repository. For more information and feedback please visit the povray.beta-test newsgroup (also accessible via our web interface).

An unofficial Mac version can once again be found on megapov.inetart.net.

[January 13, 2017] [Permalink]
Converting POV-Ray scenes into 3D-printable STL meshes

Former POV-Ray developer and team coordinator Chris Young has been working with 3D printing in recent times and wanted to be able to convert a POV-Ray scene into something that he could touch & feel. This isn't as easy as it sounds since POV-Ray works with solids but consumer 3D printers expect triangle meshes.

He has written a blog post explaining the issue and how he approached it, and another interesting and quite detailed post explaining the process he used to get from .POV to .STL.

Chris has made his pov2mesh code available on GitHub under the Creative Commons license.

[November 09, 2016] [Permalink]
POV-Ray turns 25 (or 30)
It was "back in 1986 or so" that David K. Buck started work on DKBTrace, and it was in July 1991 that the first version of its successor project saw the light of day. What was then called STAR-Light, and later renamed to PV-Ray and ultimately POV-Ray, has therefore been on this planet for a whopping 9,190 (or 11,000) revolutions by now (plus another guesstimated 150 above it). Of course we faithfully continue our effort to keep it that way, and although this website has been rather silent since the official release of POV-Ray 3.7.0 in November 2013, that's only because work has been proceeding elsewhere:
  • Ever since the 3.7.0 release, development has been revolving around or GitHub repository.
  • Pre-release builds are also published there, on a semi-irregular basis, in the releases section.
  • The most up-to-date documentation is being maintained on our Wiki.
The only odd one out is probably the interaction with our user base, which faithfully continues to revolve around our newsgroups at news.povray.org (also accessible via our web interface).

[August 31, 2016] [Permalink]
Python modeller for POV-Ray
As an alternative to POV-Ray's inbuilt scene description language, Laurent Evian has developed the free "Pycao" tool to describe scenes using the Python language. For details, see Laurent's website.

[August 31, 2016] [Permalink]
Routing problems for some users in Sweden and Finland

We've become aware that since late November some visitors in the Scandinavian region ... [read more]

[August 31, 2016] [Permalink]
POV-Ray 3.7 released

POV-Ray version 3.7 has now been officially released. ... [read more]

[November 08, 2013] [Permalink]
Lathe and Prism Utility Available

Epspline (as in Edit-Povray-SPLINE) is a utility ... [read more]

[July 27, 2013] [Permalink]
Viewshed Analysis with POV-Ray

A viewshed is an area that is visible from a specific location ... [read more]

[July 24, 2013] [Permalink]
POV-Ray Helps Visualize Bee Keeper Data

POV-Ray used to visualize bee keeper data ... [read more]

[April 18, 2013] [Permalink]
POV-Ray, Export & View, for Mathematica

For use with Mathematica ... [read more]

[April 06, 2013] [Permalink]
Koppi's Bullet Physics Playground

Filling containers with objects has just gotten a whole lot easier! ... [read more]

[December 06, 2012] [Permalink]
Parallella supercomputer kickstarter nearing end

The Parallela platform seems to have potential ... [read more]

[October 25, 2012] [Permalink]
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
Jupiter Loses a Stripe
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
OGRE 1.7.1
Since 2001, OGRE has grown to become one of the most popular open-source graphics rendering engines, and has been used in a large number of production projects. Check out the first maintenance release to the new 1.7 stable branch codenamed Cthugha.

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
E-on Software Ships Vue 8.5
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
DAZ 3D-Gizmoz Introduces Digimi

Digimi the ultimate platform for generating personalized avatars. ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
OpenTK Library 1.0 RC1

The OpenTK is an advanced, low-level C# library ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
Rhino for OS X is in development

During development, pre-release Rhino OS X is free ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
SymLab RANS Flow

Symscape's commercial range of simulation products has now been expanded to include SymLab RANS Flow for the simulation of realistic (viscous) ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
 
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