The following is a joint announcement from Persistence of Vision Raytracer
Pty. Ltd. ('POV'), Lutz Kretzschmar (Lutz) and Markus Lutz (Markus).
Persistence of Vision Raytracer Pty. Ltd. is pleased to advise that it has
acquired the rights to the 3d modeller 'Moray' from Lutz and Markus. Moray
is a Windows program specifically designed to create 3d models and scenes
to be used with the POV-Ray raytracer, and was originally sold as trialware.
POV will, in due course, re-issue Moray under a new name and new license.
The license has not been decided on with finality, but will be OSI-approved.
[POV is planning to release it under the GPLv3 but this decision
is subject of course to review of the final version of that license.]
The POV-Team is continuing development on version 3.7, which is the last
planned major release of the current POV-Ray codebase prior to version 4.0.
Version 4.0 will be released under an OSI-approved license. POV has not
decided on which license will be chosen at this stage. Those portions of the
codebase that are not already re-releasable under an OSI license will,
prior to the release of 4.0, be re-written so as to permit them to be
released under one. Some of the 'new to version 3.7' codebase is already
able to be released under both the old and newly-chosen license.
The current version 3.7 development codebase will be made publicly
available at around the same time as the Moray codebase. This will allow
the public to assist, if they wish, in completing version 3.7 of POV-Ray
and will also assist in the transition to 4.0. POV hopes to be able to announce the final 4.0
license choice at this time.
There is no schedule for the release of 4.0. It will primarily depend on
the amount of public assistance that is received in re-writing
Lutz and Markus have their own announcement available on their news page.