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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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To navigate about this site please use the navigation links at the top of this page. If you want to download POV-Ray, please visit our download page.


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For general resources and support information, please visit our resource and support page. For website-related issues only, please contact our webmaster. To contact us regarding licensing matters, please use the address given at the bottom of our license page.


  POV-Ray-related News  
POV-Ray v3.8.0 beta 1 available

The first beta version of POV-Ray 3.8 is available via our GitHub repository. Discussion regarding the betas should be directed to the beta-test group in our forums.

[July 30, 2021] [Permalink]
POV-Ray turns 30

30 years ago today, on July 29 1991, the first beta of what would become POV-Ray became available in the GRAPHDEV forum on CompuServe. See "The Early History of POV-Ray", "The Original Creation Message", "The Name" and "A Historic Version History" in our v3.6 documentation for more details about the early days of this project.

[July 29, 2021] [Permalink]
Wiki back online

The POV-Wiki is now back online and is running the latest version of MediaWiki. Additionally we have restored our legacy bugtracker, which tracked issues prior to moving our source code to GitHub.

[April 12, 2021] [Permalink]
Forums back online
Following more recovery work since the server crash we're happy to say our user forums are now back online in read-write mode.

[March 28, 2021] [Permalink]
Server Recovery

The www.povray.org site is now back in read-write mode ... ... [read more]

[March 21, 2021] [Permalink]
POV-Ray Server Downtime

Our server recently experienced a catastrophic hardware failure ... ... [read more]

[March 15, 2021] [Permalink]
Blender to Persistence of Vision

New Release: Blender to Persistence of Vision ... [read more]

[August 01, 2020] [Permalink]
white_dune VRML/X3D editor adds POV-Ray export

The folks at the open-source white_dune 3d editor project let us know that they've added POV-Ray export capability. Neat! It looks like a useful tool, definitely worth checking out.

You can find their github repo here or if you prefer you can go straight to their project website for downloads.

[July 23, 2020] [Permalink]
Call for papers: Ray Tracing Gems

Eric Haines dropped us a line to let us know that there is still time to submit papers to Ray Tracing Gems ... ... [read more]

[July 01, 2018] [Permalink]
POV-Ray 3.7.1 enters beta phase

POV-Ray 3.7.1 has officially entered public beta testing phase. ... [read more]

[January 13, 2017] [Permalink]
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
OGRE 1.7.1
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
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NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory ... [read more]

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

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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
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[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
 
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