3.1.3 Who Can Use POV-Ray for Windows?
Almost anyone can use POV-Ray for Windows. If you have never seen a ray tracing program before, you can have great
fun just rendering the sample scenes and animations installed together with POV-Ray for Windows. Once you have studied
some scene files and spent a little bit of time reading this documentation, you can start putting basic scene files
Remember, though, that you do need to invest some time getting to know the program. For instance, you do not have
to worry about most of the POV-Ray settings at first, but some of them are critical. Ignore them and POV-Ray for
Windows may not do what you expect. The default settings have been selected so as to be satisfactory in the large
majority of cases, but sometimes they will not give you what you want. Don't give up. The solution is bound to be a
simple one, as long as you take the time to read the documentation. Investing a little bit of time getting to know the
program will pay off - guaranteed!
As for experienced POV-Ray users, you will find POV-Ray for Windows makes life much easier. Working under Windows
means you can edit one scene while rendering another and modifying the INI file of a third. This feature, combined
with the File Queue option lets you speed up the scene generation cycle
considerably while leaving you the option of doing some 'serious' work at the same time.