An INI file is a text file containing settings for what used to be called POV-Ray command-line options. It replaces
and expands on the functions of the DEF files associated with previous versions of POV-Ray. You can store a default
set of options in the file called POVRAY.INI in the INI directory under the POV-Ray for Windows home directory. You
can pass any other INI file to POV-Ray for Windows by selecting it (through Render/Select File and Render) or by
dragging it from the Windows File Manager and dropping it onto the POV-Ray window.
One of the options you can set in the INI file is the name of an input file. You can specify the name of a POV file
here. If you now activate the INI file, the POV file referred to will be processed with the settings specified in the
INI file. This way you can customize POV-Ray settings for any individual scene file.
For instance, if you have a file called SCENE.POV, you can create a file SCENE.INI to contain settings specific for
SCENE.POV. If you include the option 'Input_File_Name=scene.pov' in SCENE.INI, and then ask POV-Ray to render
SCENE.INI, POV-Ray will process SCENE.POV with the options specified in SCENE.INI.
Remember, though, that any options set at the POV-Ray for Windows command line when you activate an INI file
override any corresponding options in the INI file (see Command-line Options and Render
Menu). Also, any options you do not set in the INI file will be taken as last set by any other INI file or as
originally determined in POVRAY.INI.
You can instruct POV-Ray to generate an INI file containing all the options active at the time of rendering. This
way, you can pass a POV file and its associated INI file on to another person and be confident that they will be able
to generate the scene exactly the same way you did. See the section titled Using
INI Files for more information about INI files.
Sections are not files in themselves; they are portions of INI files. Sections are a means of grouping multiple
sets of POV-Ray options together in a single INI file, by introducing them with a section label. Consider the
following INI file, taken from the POV-Ray 3 documentation:
; This sample INI file is used to set resolution.
+W120 +H100 ; This section has no label.
; Select it with "RES"
+W80 +H60 ; This section has a label.
; Select it with "RES[Low]"
+W320 +H200 ; This section has a label.
; Select it with "RES[Med]"
+W640 +H480 ; Labels are not case sensitive.
; "RES[high]" works
+W800 +H600 ; Labels may contain blanks
If you select this INI file, the default resolution setting will be 120 x 100. As soon as you select the [High]
section, however, the resolution becomes 640 x 480. See Edit Settings/Render in the Render Menu
for instructions on selecting sections.
For more information on POV-Ray options and INI files consult the section on POV-Ray
More about "Command-line Options"
More about "Render Menu"