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Insert Menu Add-on (POV-Ray version 3.6.2/ 3.7)
Update of the templates Insert Menu Add-on: 24-Dec-2014
Update of shapes3.inc: 08-Oct-2014
Mac: PovRay 3.7 Unofficial for Mac now fully supports the standard insert menu from the Windows version, including the preview images. There is even an option to scale te images down for lower screen resolutions. The insert menu doesn’t have to be in a particular place because you can select the folder in the preferences. See here: http://megapov.inetart.net/povrayunofficial_mac/. (16 novembre 2013)
Linux: Also reported working with POV-Ray for Linux and the neXtgen Povray Editor (but without showing my preview thumbnails in bmp?) see here: neXtgen Povray Editor. [an older editor: QTPov-Editor [see here: http://qtpoveditor.sourceforge.net/ ] (21-June-2009). Alternatively it's possible to use POV-Ray for Windows with the Insert Menu Add-on and with its excellent editor, with some small cuts, also under Wine (25.04.2010))

Why this?   I have made this Insert Menu Add-on for POV-Ray to make creating scenes easier
for beginners and also more comfortable for advanced users.
There are templates for basic scenes, completely textured shapes with vanilla transformations, etc..
What's in there?
Preview of the 'Insert Menu Add-on'
Ready_made Scenes
Ready_made Scenes
Ready_made Scenes
Ready_made Scenes
Ready_made Scenes
Ready_made Scenes
Preview of the 'Read-made POV-Ray Objects'
POV-Ray Objects
POV-Ray Objects
POV-Ray Objects
POV-Ray Objects
POV-Ray Objects
POV-Ray Objects

How to use?
Windows Version 'Insert Menu Add-on' for POV-Ray:
   After having installed this add-on, all you have to do for building your own new scene is:
Step 0: Click on "New" button and you get a new white sheet for a scene text. Click on "Save" choose a good name (without anything than normal ASCII characters!) and save this empty text file like you save any normal text file but ending with ".pov" (The editor used with POV-Ray for Windows will do this automatically!).
Step 1: Click on "Insert Menu", "Basic templates", "Ready_made scenes" and choose one of the scenery backgrounds (Do this only one time in a scene!).
Step 2: You move your cursor at the end of the text! (Don't forget this - otherwise you ... will see not very much!) Click on "Insert Menu", "Basic templates" "Shapes with textures" and choose the shape you want to add in your scene.
Step 3: Click on "Run" button and you will see this scene rendered.
All shapes have colors and other surface properties in textures statements. All shapes also have vanilla transformations like scale<1,1,1>, rotate<0,0,0>, translate<0,0,0>. This makes it very easy, to play around with them and gain experience, because you can't make so much errors in spelling and punctuation.

HTML-Version / Online-Version for all POV-Ray versions:
   Unzip the compressed file of the HTML-Version and open the file '_index.htm'
with any webbrowser parallel to your POV-Ray Scene Editor.
No automatic insert available - we have to insert the templates by 'Cut and Paste'.
Klick on the thumbnail image of the element you want to insert. A new browser window with the according template text file will open. Pick from this browser window (mark it and hit CTRL-C) the whole text from the browser window by 'Cut (CTRL-C) and Paste(CTRL-V)' and paste it with CTRL-V in your scene file where you want it to be inserted.


HTML Version of the Insert Menu Add-on:
The HTML Version can be used with all operating systems for inserting templates by 'cut and paste'.
Download the file "00_Basic_Templates_HTML.zip" (7.614 kB)   Update: 24-Dec-2014
Unzip it to any directory you want. Start reading by opening '_index.htm' in your webbrowser.
Continue the downloading and installing with the include file collections
by the following steps: 'Download my macro include files and height_field images'
.


How to install the Insert Menu Add-on with POV-Ray for Windows:
Attention please: If you have installed an older version of the "Basic templates", you should cancel or rename this version. Otherwise you will get a chaotic mixture of old and new text template files!

Step 1:   Download my Insert Menu Add-on for Windows with the file
"Basic_templates_37.zip" (7.961 kB) 24-Dec-2014 POV-Ray3.7 only! (images .jpg).
"Basic_templates_36.zip" (18.830 kB) Update: 06-April-2013 (images .bmp).
and copy this file to your Insert Menu directory in your POV-Ray directory, normally
POV-Ray 3.62: Windows XP "C:\Programs\POV-Ray for Windows v3.6\Insert Menu\"
                       Win Vista: "C:\Users\MY_NAME\Documents\POV-Ray\v3.6\Insert Menu\"
POV-Ray 3.7:   Windows XP/Vista/Winows 7:"..\Documents\POV-Ray\v3.6 or v3.7\Insert Menu\"

Extract this file using "Extract to ... " in folder "Insert Menu" the subdirectory "00 - Basic templates".
You will get the following

structur of subdirectories:
..Insert Menue
... \00 - Basic templates
..........\10 - Ready-made scenes
..........\20 - Basic shapes round
..........\21 - Basic shapes angular
...... ...\30 - Shapes2
..........\35 - Shapes3
..........\36 - shapes_lo2
    (! 'shapes_lo2.zip')
..........\40 - Special shapes
..........\50 - CSG operations
..........\55 - Shape modifiers
..........\60 - Transformations
..........\70 - While Loops, For Loops
..........\75 - Spline Curves, sphere_sweep
..........\80 - Math functions
..........\85 - Analytical Geometry
(needs: 'analytical_g.inc'!)
..........\90 - Directives
..........\A0 - Include files
..........\B0 - Random
..........\C0 - Animation
..........\D0 - Colors
..........\E0 - Textures + Materials
..........\H0 - Lights, skies, fogs, rainbow
..........\I0 - Cameras
..........\K0 - Radiosity and Photons
..........\L0 - Expressions
..........\M0 - Statements

Step 2:  

Download my include files and height_field images.
Copy these files to your include file directory in your POV-Ray program directory
(normally this is your Documents directory "POV-Ray\v3.7\include\").

[For download click on the file name with the right mouse button
and choose from context menu "Save Target as ...". ]

Update: "shapes3.inc" (57 KB)  08-Oct-2014 replaces former 'shapes-lo.inc'.
Also for POV-Ray version 3.7, this an updated version!
With IE-Explorer download: shapes3.inc.txt and save it as "shapes3.inc"
to preserve the original line breaks,
else download shapes3.zip or shapes3.inc.
[ If you have used my former shapes_lo.inc than for backwards
  compatibility you can use this new version together with "shapes3.inc": "shapes_lo.inc.txt" or "shapes_lo.inc" (6 KB) 19-May-2013,]


"shapes_lo2.zip" (20 KB macro collection)  24-Dec-2014
"shapes.inc.txt" or "shapes.inc" (32 KB)  06-April-2013 Expanded by Circle_Text_Valigned, this replaces the original shapes.inc of POV-Ray 3.6.2! With POV-Ray 3.7.0, this file is already integrated!
"Mount1.png" (15 KB) 06-April-2013
With POV-Ray version 3.7, this file is already integrated!
"Mount2.png" (18 KB) 06-April-2013
With POV-Ray version 3.7, this file is already integrated!
"MountLo.zip"(777 KB) 4 height_field targa images.  update: 04-May-2005
Analytical Geometry with POV-Ray:
"analytical_g.inc.txt" or "analytical_g.inc"
or "analytical_g.zip" (22 kB) update: 09-Aug-2014.

Ready-made Objects for POV-Ray -
"pov_objects1.zip" (161 kB),   Update: 04-May-2014.
Save the files unzipped in the documents directory "/POV-Ray/v3.7/Include/"
or in the directory of your scene files in use (Extension: ".pov")
or in any other directory listed in "POVRAY.INI" as a valid "Library_Path".

Some of these POV-Ray Objects additionally need my include file "shapes_lo.inc".
Download POV-Ray objects for railway / railroad
Railtrack elements for my Rail-Track-System:
"RT_System.zip" (64 kB),   Update: 07-April-2013.
Railway / railroad wheels and axes: "RW_System.zip" (10 kB),   New: 24-Aug-2012.
Save the files unzipped in the documents directory "/POV-Ray/v3.7/Include/"
or in the directory of your scene files in use (Extension: ".pov")
or in any other directory listed in "POVRAY.INI" as a valid "Library_Path".

Some of these POV-Ray Objects additionally need my include file "shapes3.inc".
According Insert Menu Add-ons for POV-Ray Objects
with template texts and preview thumbnail images for comfortable use,
For POV-Ray 3.6 (thumbnails in 'bmp'):
  "Ready_made_Objects_36.zip" (3 282 kB),   Update: 09-Aug-2013.
For POV-Ray 3.7 (thumbnails in 'jpg'):
  "Ready_made_Objects_37.zip" (1 641 kB),   Update: 04-Jan-2014.
Save thes files unzipped in the documents directory
"POV-Ray/v3.6/Insert Menu/" resp. "POV-Ray/v3.7/Insert Menu/".


HTML version of Insert Menu Add-ons for the POV-Ray Objects
"01_Objects_lo_HTML.zip"(1 946 kB)   Update: 04-Jan-2014.
Unzip it to the same directory as '00_Basic_Templates_HTML.zip' from here above. Start reading by opening '_index.htm' in your webbrowser.
 

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