Utilities, Models, etc.


What is the best animation program available?

Check the POV-Ray links (http://povray.org/resources/links/3D_Animation_Utilities/).

Creating/viewing MPEG-files

"How can I create/view mpeg-files in Windows/Linux/...?"

See the IRTC Animation FAQ (http://irtc.org/anims/faq.html).

Where can I find models/textures?

Check the POV-Ray links (http://povray.org/resources/links/).

What are the best modellers for POV-Ray?

Check the POV-Ray links (http://povray.org/resources/links/).

Any POV-Ray modellers for Mac?

(Answer by Henri Sivonen)

Yes there are. However, a text editor is still needed.

Most of the available modelers are listed on the Official POV-Ray MacOS Info Page (http://mac.povray.org/).

In addition to the programs on the above-mentioned list, there are a couple of others: D-form (http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Way/2419/D-form.html) and Stomp3D (http://holly.colostate.edu/~tschrein/Stomp/Stomp.html). Stomp3D is a Java application, so MRJ (http://www.apple.com/macos/java/text/download.html) is needed to run it. (You should already have MRJ installed if you are running Mac OS 8.) JBindery is needed for turning Stomp3D into a doubleclickable Mac OS application. JBindery is part of MRJ SDK (http://devworld.apple.com/java/text/download.html). Drop the Stomp3D JAR file onto JBindery. Enter "stomp/Stomp" as the class name. The other setting should be self-explanatory. Use the command "Save As..." in the File menu to save Stomp3D as a doubleclickable application. Stomp3D expects the stomp.config file (if any) to reside in the Preferences folder inside the System Folder.

DOS, Windows and Linux i386 modelers can be used with an Intel PC emulator.
With MkLinux (http://www.mklinux.apple.com/) or LinuxPPC (http://www.linuxppc.org/) , Linux-compatible applications with freely available source code can be compiled and then run natively.

Is there any user gallery of POV-Ray images?

There are literaly hundreds of POV-Ray users galleries. Almost anybody that uses POV-Ray and has a web page has some sort of picture gallery set up. Look for web page address's at the bottoms of the messages posted to the newsgroup comp.graphics.rendering.raytracing and the povray newsgroups.

There are 2 places officially supported by the Pov team. They are:

- The POV-Ray users gallery located at http://www.povray.org/

- A private news server (not connected with USENET) operated by the POV Team: http://www.povray.org/groups.html In the povray.binaries.images newsgroup, you will find many images posted from other POV-Ray users. There are also discussion groups, and plenty of sample code and scenes.

You should also check the Internet Raytracing Competition homepage (http://www.irtc.org/).

Any good heighfield modellers?

Check the POV-Ray links (http://povray.org/resources/links/).

Any easy way of creating trees?

A program called Tree designer by Johannes Hubert (http://free.prohosting.com/~jhubert/TreeDesigner/) is an excellent modelling program for trees.

There are also a several good include files for this purpose. Check POV-Ray Include Macro and Object Files.

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