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  POV-Ray & Co.
  • http://www.povray.org/ The official POV-Ray-Homepage - download the freeware program POV-Ray, many links related with POV-Ray.
  • POV-TAG - The POV-Ray Technical Assistance Group:
    The purpose of the TAG is to aid the POV-Team in supporting users of POV-Ray around the world. (en)
  • POV-Ray Questions and Tips Questions and Tips - a collection of frequently asked questions about POV-Ray as well as tips and tricks for various things around raytracing. The collection was originally compiled by Warp as the POV-VFAQ (Very Frequently Asked Questions). (en)
  • Links to POV-Ray Tutorials and Resources
  • JCGrid by David Bucciarelli. (en)
    JCGrid is a tool for grid-computing for splitting a cpu-intensive rendering task among several Workstations/PCs/Macs/etc. It requires only to install Java Runtime.
  • SMPOV by Theo Gottwald. (de)
    SMPOV is a tool, to distribute the rendering of a POV-Ray image to multiples computers to minimize the rendering time of expensive scenes.
  • POV-Anywhere by Christoph Hormann. (en)
    POV-Anywhere is a set of tools for distributing the rendering of POV-Ray images to several computers.
  • MegaPOV 1.2 by Nathan Kopp. MegaPOV 1.2 is based on POV-Ray 3.6, it's an unofficial extensions of POV-Ray with things like some mechanics simulation, the simulation of cloth and the atmospheric effect glow, etc. (en)
  • MacMegaPov - Unofficial Macintosh compiles.
    A very systematic isosurface manual (can also been downloaded as a zipped archive) - shows all the build-in functions by good samples for the parameter. (en)
  • POV-Sub by Xiaobin Wu, Jianhua Fan. (en)
    A patched POV-Ray version "POV-Ray with Subdivision" for Linux and Windows
  • MORAY 3D-Modeller: The Official Moray Homepage (en, de)
    A wireframe 3d modeller for POV-Ray 3.x and Polyray V1.8 (for Windows).
    Originally by Markus Lutz & Lutz Kretzschmar, Munich, Germany. Feb-2007: MORAY acquired by POV. It will be re-released as Open Source.
  • Bishop 3D by Hugo Arnaut (en) Bishop3D is an interactive POV-Ray modeler and animation tool. Still in Beta version, but looks very intersting.
  • POVLAB by Denis Olivier (en) Denis has created a big raytraced work, and many of his images are developed with his own POVLAB modeller for POV-Ray 3.0, which he now generously offers as freeware.
  • POVEdge - Examples images par Thibaut Jonckheere (en). It shows in a POV-Ray scene the edges of any mesh2 object for example to get a cel-shading or toon shading look of an object! Get the program from POV-Ray Newsgroup pov.binaries.utilities 04-Mai-2007.
  • Elefont by Armin Müller. (en, de)
    Elefont is a free tool to create 3D text objects from TTF fonts (ELEvated-FONTSs). They are generated ax DXF-files, support for Moray/Pov-Ray export.
  • Spiralizer by Armin Müller. (en, de)
    A model generator that creates any kinds of 3D spiral objects from spring coils, over any sorts of horns to snail or sea shells. They are generated as DXF-files or Moray/Pov-Ray files.
  • PovChem for molecular graphics. (en)
    chemistry, ray tracing, and a little art to make high-quality molecular graphics
  • http://www.dial.de DIALux Software for Lighting engineering and Building technology (en, de, es, fr, it).
    DIALux simulates the lightnig of buildings. The program is based on POV-Ray raytracer, DIALux Light is freeware.
  • Eagle3D by Matthias Weißer. (de,en)
    The layout of circuit boards in 3D by POV-Ray: This is an add-on for a 3d visualizzation of the layouts of circuit boards which were designed with the program "EAGLE". The Eagle3D comes along with a large library of electronic elements.
    The "EAGLE" Layout Editor by CadSoft Computer GmbH (for Windows and Linux) is a simple but strong tool for the development of curcuit boards. EAGLE Light is freeware. (de,en)
  • Eagle 3D - Kleines Tutorial von Bernhard Redemann (de).
  • Eagle 3D - New parts mini-tutorial von Félix Chénier (en) .
  • Eagle3D Tutorial by Society of Robots (en).
  • Eagle+Eagle3D Tutorial - Come creare modelli 3d della vostra scheda - di Adriano Gandolfo (it).
  • Eagle3D + POV-Ray - Philippe Boucheny (fr) - : Presentation de EAGLE 3D et la creation de models 3D.
  • Cos'è Eagle3D - Ovvero come vedere l'aspetto di un circuito mai costruito! (it) .
  • Eagle 3D - paso a paso introducción (es), Eagle 3D - paso a paso animaciones (es), Eagle 3D - paso a paso logotipos (es),
  • Eagle3D + MegaPOV 1.2 - Experimentos con Eagle3D de Jaime Vives Piqueres (es) .
  • Visu3D - (fr, en, es) - Gestion de modèle 3D - Analyse et visualisation des modèles 3D, Freeware, gratuit.
  • ABiS Photostudio as a part of Abis3D-CAD. (de) This CAD program uses POV-Ray to render the photo realistic images.
  • POV-Ray stuff for Linux by Peter Toneby. pov-mode v2.9.1 for Emacs and recommended changes to .emacs for use with pov-mode. (en)
  • Pyvon Pyvon est un éditeur pour POV-Ray qui tourne sous Linux/Unix, Le but de Pyvon est de fournir un équivalent de POVWIN sous Linux. Pyvon is an editor for POV-Ray which runs under Linux/Unix, The aim of Pyvon is to deliver an equivalent GUI to POVWIN unter Linux (fr).

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Converter Programs
  • DTA v3.0 Final Version Dave's Targa Animator (1999) (en)
    This program bejond others converts bmp series to AVI videos.
  • VRML2POV Converts VRML 97 specs to POV (en).
    Specializing in Triplex DNA and Molecular Graphics, from the author of PovChem!
  • avi2vcd AVI to MPEG, freeware. (en)
  • PovAnim pour/for Blender 2.28 Povanim is an export script projected for "mesh" objects, particularly oriented to regular users of and POV-Ray 3.5 and Megapov 0,7/1.0 renderers. With intesive description! (fr,en)
  • PoseRay Home . (en)
    PoseRay is a utility that allows POV-Ray to use 3D models in DXF, OBJ, LWO, 3DS, VRML and RAW formats. It can also import Poser and DAZ|Studio scenes into POV-Ray.

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Blender 3D & Python

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Poser, Bryce, Terragen, Trees
  • Poser Homepage by graphics.smithmicro.com. (en). [formerly: e-frontier.com] A program for designing, posing and animating humans and animals.
  • DAZ|Studio. (en)
    A program for designing, posing and animating humans and animals similar to Poser.
  • PoseRay Home . (en)
    PoseRay is a utility that allows POV-Ray to use 3D models in DXF, OBJ, LWO, 3DS, VRML and RAW formats. It can also import Poser and DAZ|Studio scenes into POV-Ray.
  • MakeHuman by Free Software Foundation, Inc. (en). MakeHuman is a free open-source, open graphics library, stand-alone, multi-platform program, which is completely written in C++ language. Its purpose is to provide a versatile, professional and extremely specialized application for parametrical modeling of three-dimensional humanoid characters. It can be used coupled with Blender. There are also a plug-in for making hair and an interesting yet simple way of simulating skin and other organic surfaces.
  • Bryce 3D. (en)
    A 3D modeller for high end landscape modelling.
  • Planetside, the home of Terragen The Homepage of the landscape designer program "Terragen" - Version 0.8 until 1280x960 free as demo software. - for commercial using you need to register.
  • POV-Tree by Gena Obukhov (en)
    A great tree generator for POV-Ray.
    For use with the TOMTree macro of Tom Aust or with Export as POV-Ray mesh2 or Wavefront obj. file.
  • Arbaro - free tree generation for POV-Ray, written in Java, so you can use it with any OS, wich is supported by Java. Export in POV-Ray, dxf files or Wavefront .obj files.
  • Forester / Arboretum (en). Forester is a complete 3Dlandscape generation and visualisation tool. It creates scene description files that are rendered using POV-Raytracing program .
    The Forester Arboretum is an add-on to Forester for creating trees suitable for rendering by Forester/POV-Ray. Each tree is modelled in full 3-dimensions, from the trunk and branches right down to the shape of each leaf. Features:
    Use of new POV-Ray v3.5 Mesh2{} object type, minimizing tree file size, since the trees generated by the Arboretum can be very complex (file size still varies from 2-20+Mb!). This also helps to reduce the parsing time required by POV-Ray. Tree geometry export to DirectX (*.X) and WaveFront (*.OBJ) files.
  • Xforg plantgenerator by Greenworks Organic-Software (en) Professional plant libraries you'll find at the Greenworks website and Xforg plantgenerator software with plugins for C4D and Maya.
  • ShellyLib by Randolf Schultz (en) ShellyLib is a small library to create shapes and textures of seashells and snails. ShellyLib is ShareWare! Finally, the shell shape may be exported to one of the following 3D file formats for inclusion in your own underwater/beach/whatever scenes: Real3D-RPL-macro, RIB (RenderMan Interface Bytestream), DXF, 3DMF (3D Metafile), Truespace (COB), POVRay (Bezier-Patches), T3D (Imagine), SCED, RAW, X3D.

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Professional 3D Programs

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Other Raytracing Programs
  • JPatch by Sascha Ledinsky (en).
    JPatch is a spline based 3D modeling tool (a patch modeler) written in Java. It can be used to create 3D models for POV-Ray or RenderMan® compatible renderers (e.g. Aqsis).
  • sPatch von Mike Clifton (en).
    sPatch is a free spline based 3D modeler for Windows. It exports to POV-Ray, VRML, DXF, and BMRT. .
  • hamaPatch by Hamakazu (jp, en). Original homepage in Japanese, with Downloads in English. Spline-based 3D modeling program for Windows 95, featuring shaded previews, export to many popular 3D formats: .dxf, .obj, Metasequoia(*.mqo), MegaPOV + POV-Ray(*.pov), RenderMan(*.rib). hamaPatch can render directly via POV-Ray, MegaPOV, BMRT, and Light Flow.
  • Metasequoia by O.Mizno (en, jp).
    Metasequoia is a powerful polygon modeler for 3DCG and game development that can create complex models. It provides you efficient modeling works. Very easy to use and learn (For Windows).
  • 3D Canvas by Amabilis Software (en).
    3D Rendering software with Export in format .pov for POV-Ray.
  • BreezeDesigner by Imagos Consulting (Australia) Pty Ltd. Homepage of the BreezeDesigners from Neville Richards. (en)
    Breeze Designer is a free 3D modelling and design tool for Windows. Interfaces with POV-Ray, supports export to RenderMan, Polyray, DXF, Wavefront .obj. and VRML viewers.
  • Homepage of Silo by Nevercenter Ltd. Co. (en). Silo is a 3D programm with export of 3DS, OBJ, DXF, RIB and POV files.
  • Wings 3D Wings 3D is a freeware subdivision modeler. (en)
  • Anim8or by R. Steven Glanville. (en)
    A nice free 3D Modeler - Create and modify 3D models. Exports .3DS file
  • NoLimits Rollercoaster Simulator by Ole Lange (en).
  • www.yasrt.org YASRT Yet Another Simple Ray Tracer - a nice raytracing program.(en)
  • OpenFX.org by Dr. Stuart Ferguson (en). OpenFX is an Open-Source 3D modeling, animation and rendering suite created by Dr. Stuart Ferguson. OpenFX is a powerful feature-set includes a full renderer and raytrace engine, NURBS support, kinematics-based animation, morphing, and an extensive plugin API. Currently it runs under Win32 platform, which includes Windows 95/98/NT/2000. With Linux/BSD it runs fairly well using the WINE set of libraries.
  • Sunflow Renderer on sourceforge.net (en). Sunflow is an open source rendering system for photo-realistic image synthesis. It is written in Java and built around a flexible ray tracing core and an extensible object-oriented design.

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Lego® CAD + POV-Ray

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VRML
  • Virtual Reality by Prof. Dr. Monika Lutz, FH Gießen-Friedberg. Modelling of virtual words with VRML97. (de)
  • VRML "White_dune" (en) White_dune is a low level VRML97 tool for Unix/Linux/MacOSX and MSWindows. It can read VRML97 files, display and let the user change the scenegraph/fields.

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