Knowledgebase:POV-Ray Unofficial Patches and Front End Programs

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A listing of POV-Ray unofficial patches and front end programs sites in version and front end order.


POVMan is a custom version of Persistence of Vision (tm) Ray Tracer program that allows POV-Ray object pigments to be described with procedural code, compatible with RenderMan (R) Shading Language. POVMan 1.2 is based on MegaPOV 1.1/Pov-Ray 3.6.

By Magnus Toneby

Adds splines to POV-Ray 3.01.

With PVMPOV you can render your images distributed to multiple machines of different types. This site also contains a link to a version for POV-Ray 3.5 on sourceforge.

ClothRay is a patched version of POV-Ray by Christophe Bouffartigue, that allows yuo to do cloth simulation. The cloth is rectangular, and interacts with its environement (gravity, some objects lying, wind, etc.). This is now part of POVMan.

This is the Isosurface Patch for POV-Ray 3.1g from Nov 2000 that allows you to raytrace HyperFun models on the Windows 9X and NT 4.0 platforms.

The Internet Movie Projects dream is to create a movie with the POV-Ray raytracer. IMPFarm supports Distributed and Network rendering using POV-Ray plus adds direct support for JPEG images.

MegaPov is the hottest new patched version of POV-Ray in town. The patch by Nathan Kopp ( a member of the POV-Team) has incorporated his original UVPov patch together with Ron Parker's SuperPatch and Smellenbergh's Mac MultiPatch. The three of these very competent patchs offer some astounding new features and the added bennefit of being combined into one source. This version of MegaPov is based on the official POV-Ray for Windows v3.1g souce code and will work with the editor for that version without problems. The source is also available for those who wish to compile this patch on their own platform..

MegaPOV (formerly UVPov, SuperPatch, and MultiPatch) is a cooperative work by members of the POV-Ray community

Links to a number of builds for the Macintosh including builds of MegaPOV and POV-Ray.

A port to MPI for distributed rendering on clusters - up to POV-Ray v3.1

Discussion on setting up PVMPov as a render farm by Rick Bono

This DJGPP build has some minor differences from the 'official' SuperPatch (3.1g). In particular, the isosurface patch (by Ryoichi Suzuki) in SuperPatch includes a number of interesting isosurface functions accessible via DLL's. DLL's don't work in MS-DOS, so this build makes all those extra isosurface functions internal to spovray.exe.

A custom patch of POV-Ray by Vahur Krouverk's, based on MegaPov 1.1, which allows the use of RenderMan (R) Shading Language for creating custom pigments in POV-Ray. Mostly compatible with existing shaders used in BMRT, Renderman and others. Some limitations do apply.

POV-Ray Rendering in Parallel

POV-Ray Rendering in Parallel

The Tesselation patch will allow you to tesselate common POV-Ray objects into triangles which then may be manipulated or *possibly* exported to be converted to other 3D file formats. Linux only at this time.

The density_file pattern in POV-Ray 3.5 is extremely flexible. It may be used anywhere any pattern, functions, etc. However, the resolution of the density_file in the official version is only 8 bit and there are only two interpolation options (no interpolation and tri-linear interpolation). These are not enough for some purposes, e.g. for isosurfaces. Thus, I have made an unofficial patch for the density files. Using this patch one can use density files of float values, 16 bit integer values with binary or text format. Furthermore, tri-cubic interpolation options are included.

Front End

Front end for POV 3.1 from 2001, with a mouse selection of partial render zone ( using a reduced render image )

Pover is a GUI interface for POV-Ray options. The program help's to change many options of the POV-Ray renderer. With Pover you can open and save configuration files for reuse it later. You can associate Pover with PCG files and get your work at one click. Pover may be runned in few instances and puts little emand on system resources.

Front end for POV-Ray. povfront04 (License: LGPL). Small Interface written in wxBasic to render POV-Ray-scenes. Support for jpatch 0.3 / arbaro 1.9.1 - Platforms: GNU/Linux(working), Windows(experimental) - requires: Pov-Ray >= V 3.5

PovMenu is a menu system that runs in an rxvt window and allows you to change the most common command line attributes for rendering with POV-Ray and MegaPov.

Pywon is an editor for POV-RAY that works under Linux. The GUI also works with Windows and Mac but not the raytraces. It is mostly a GUI that enables to edit, debug, fire up POV scene raytraces straight from the interface.

SMPOV is an Add-On for POV-Ray 3.6 / Mega-POV 1.2 developed by Theo Gottwald that will allow you to render a single image on machines with multiple processors or across a network of computers.

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