POV-Ray

POV-Ray 3.6

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A totally free tool for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics
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POV-Ray (Persistence of Vision Raytracer) is a smart, reliable, high-quality and yet totally free utility for creating stunning three-dimensional graphics.
The Persistence of Vision Ray-Tracer creates three-dimensional, photo-realistic images using a rendering technique called ray-tracing. It reads in a text file containing information describing the objects and lighting in a scene and generates an image of that scene from the view point of a camera also described in the text file.

Ray-tracing is not a fast process by any means, but it produces very high quality images with realistic reflections, shading, perspective and other effects.

Smart and powerful tool that creates three-dimensional, photo-realistic images using a special rendering technique called ray-tracing.

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Guest #5022647 You need to be at least somewhat familiar with programming. It is a very powerful tool in the right hands since it is a very mature programming language.
The biggest downside is absence of SMP (present in 3.7 beta though) whitch does not allow to use multicore machines in full. Because complex scenes require a lot of calculations, rendering them may take a lot of time which is a necessary price for realistic results.

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