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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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  POV-Ray-related News  
POV-Ray turns 25 (or 30)
It was "back in 1986 or so" that David K. Buck started work on DKBTrace, and it was in July 1991 that the first version of its successor project saw the light of day. What was then called STAR-Light, and later renamed to PV-Ray and ultimately POV-Ray, has therefore been on this planet for a whopping 9,190 (or 11,000) revolutions by now (plus another guesstimated 150 above it). Of course we faithfully continue our effort to keep it that way, and although this website has been rather silent since the official release of POV-Ray 3.7.0 in November 2013, that's only because work has been proceeding elsewhere:
  • Ever since the 3.7.0 release, development has been revolving around or GitHub repository.
  • Pre-release builds are also published there, on a semi-irregular basis, in the releases section.
  • The most up-to-date documentation is being maintained on our Wiki.
The only odd one out is probably the interaction with our user base, which faithfully continues to revolve around our newsgroups at news.povray.org (also accessible via our web interface).

[August 31, 2016] [Permalink]
Python modeller for POV-Ray
As an alternative to POV-Ray's inbuilt scene description language, Laurent Evian has developed the free "Pycao" tool to describe scenes using the Python language. For details, see Laurent's website.

[August 31, 2016] [Permalink]
Routing problems for some users in Sweden and Finland

We've become aware that since late November 2015 some visitors in the Scandinavian region have been unable to access povray.org and its related sites via their broadband connection, but find that when using a mobile connection the site works fine.

This issue affects visitors whose ISP's rely on TeliaSonera for transit or routing information (while there may be other backbone providers affected, we have not received examples other than Telia). Basically Telia are not receiving (or not accepting, we are not sure which) routing information for the network that povray.org is hosted on (203.29.75.0/24, advertised on AS6062).

At this point the matter is out of our hands as it involves backbone providers and how they exchange BGP routing information. The issue has been brought to the attention of providers in both the USA (where our network is hosted) and Sweden, and we can only wait to see if or when they will resolve it.

Please also note that affected visitors will probably not be able to successfully email us regarding the issue if they use their ISP-provided email accounts as these will generally use the same routing tables as used for general web browsing. Using GMail or other non-ISP-specific services ought to work.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

Update: As of July/August 2016 this issue seems to have cleared up.

[August 31, 2016] [Permalink]
POV-Ray 3.7 released
POV-Ray version 3.7 has now been officially released. Please see our download page for more information.

[November 08, 2013] [Permalink]
Lathe and Prism Utility Available

Epspline (as in Edit-Povray-SPLINE) is a utility ... [read more]

[July 27, 2013] [Permalink]
Viewshed Analysis with POV-Ray

A viewshed is an area that is visible from a specific location ... [read more]

[July 24, 2013] [Permalink]
POV-Ray Helps Visualize Bee Keeper Data

POV-Ray used to visualize bee keeper data ... [read more]

[April 18, 2013] [Permalink]
POV-Ray, Export & View, for Mathematica

For use with Mathematica ... [read more]

[April 06, 2013] [Permalink]
Koppi's Bullet Physics Playground

Filling containers with objects has just gotten a whole lot easier! ... [read more]

[December 06, 2012] [Permalink]
Parallella supercomputer kickstarter nearing end

The Parallela platform seems to have potential ... [read more]

[October 25, 2012] [Permalink]
Spectral Rendering with POV-Ray

Users can now do Spectral Rendering ... [read more]

[September 27, 2012] [Permalink]
ANIMUSIC 3 kickstarter campaign in its last week

Many POV-Ray users will nevertheless be familiar with the ANIMUSIC series ... [read more]

[August 29, 2012] [Permalink]
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  Other items of possible interest  
Visualization Library
Visualization Library is a C++ middleware for high-performance 2D and 3D graphics applications based on the industry standard OpenGL 2.1, designed to develop portable applications for the Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems.

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
Jupiter Loses a Stripe
Lost: A giant belt of brown clouds big enough to swallow Earth twenty times over.

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
OGRE 1.7.1
Since 2001, OGRE has grown to become one of the most popular open-source graphics rendering engines, and has been used in a large number of production projects. Check out the first maintenance release to the new 1.7 stable branch codenamed Cthugha.

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
E-on Software Ships Vue 8.5
e-on software, maker of the leading solutions for Digital Nature, announced today the immediate availability of Vue 8.5 xStream and Infinite, its professional solutions for the creation, animation and rendering of natural 3D environments.

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
Solar Dynamics Observatory

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
DAZ 3D-Gizmoz Introduces Digimi

Digimi the ultimate platform for generating personalized avatars. ... [read more]

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

The OpenTK is an advanced, low-level C# library ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
Rhino for OS X is in development

During development, pre-release Rhino OS X is free ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
SymLab RANS Flow

Symscape's commercial range of simulation products has now been expanded to include SymLab RANS Flow for the simulation of realistic (viscous) ... [read more]

[June 03, 2010] [Permalink]
 
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