POV-Ray 3.6.1
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Ray-tracer 3D graphics software.   Free
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The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer or POV-Ray for short, is a ray tracer graphics software that can create stunning photo-realistic computer-generated images and animations.

A cost-effective solution that yields high quality results!
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Version 3.6.1: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
PPC, Mac OS 9.2 and later with CarbonLib 1.6 or later, or Mac OS X 10.2.8 or later (Mac OS X 10.0 and 10.1 are !not! !supported!)

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Negritude commented on 26 May 2013

PovRay 3.7 RC7 Unofficial for Macintosh


Mac specific changes:
- added support for retina displays;
- switched to gcc 4.2.1 Apple LLVM 4. 4.2 (clang) compiler
- no more support for PPC
- minimum system version is MacOS 10.6.8 (SL)
- colored syntax on/off per file to boost speed for huge files
- fixed various bugs in the editor
- improved colored syntax
[Version 3.6.1]

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Negritude replied on 26 May 2013
Also, unofficial Intel/PPC builds of 3.6.1:


Matrim commented on 16 Jun 2006
This app is awesome. Just making the most basic shapes is addicting. I haven't found a practical reason why someone would get it yet but it's fun.
[Version 3.6.1]


Anonymous reviewed on 13 Jun 2004
Why waste your time with POV-Ray when you can use Cheetah3D and get comparible results in LESS TIME???????
[Version 3.6]

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Anonymous commented on 16 Aug 2004
Well lets see.. could it be that POV-Ray is free and Cheetah 3D is not? [it's 59.00]

Or perhaps that POV-Ray has had more developement time to get to a place where it's reasonably mature and functional?

But the best reason to use POV-Ray over Cheetah 3D is probably that it's rude to bash someone elses software just to promote your own.
Anonymous commented on 16 Aug 2004
I kinda know the developer of Cheetah and I am pretty sure he wouldn't post nonsense like this to promote his software.
But back on topic:
POV-Ray is POV-Ray and Cheetah is Cheetah. The former has much more potential, but is also not as intuitive. One day, Cheetah might become a reason to not longer use POV-Ray, but this lies far in the future. And with all the people working on POV-Ray, I even bet this day will never come. And why should it? The more apps, the better, commercial and non-commercial.

Anonymous reviewed on 10 Jun 2004
I've been a fan of POV-Ray Mac since the mid-90's, being the app where I cut my teeth on 3D (as freeware, it was the only 3D engine that I could afford at the time). Even with all the other 3D apps to which I have access now, I still use POV-Ray.

However, first time users should be advised that is has very little GUI, being mostly being key code oriented that has to be learned, and the learning curve is quite steep. Do not expect to master the application overnight. (A year or two if you have the inclination for it, after mastering Photoshop for UV mapping of textures.) However, mastery of the language will make all other 3D applications with a GUI seem quite simple and easy to master.

While not being for the casual user, it is the very best quality rendering engine available for personal computers, even after all these years. The ray tracing is superior in every aspect, creating stunning effects unavailable elsewhere. And being freeware, the community of POV-Ray users is among the most supportive in all of computing.

I recommend freeware MacMegaPov as a shell for the application, as it offers a number of advantages over the base application. (I beta tested it.)

Amapi (commercial) is also recommended for mesh conversion from 3DS, OBJ, etc. to POV-Ray format.
[Version 3.6]


Anonymous reviewed on 28 Dec 2003
solid app, works in OS X 10.3.2
[Version 3.5.1pb187]

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Type:Multimedia Design : Illustration
Date:16 Aug 2004
Platform:PPC 32 / OS X
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The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer or POV-Ray for short, is a ray tracer graphics software that can create stunning photo-realistic computer-generated images and animations.

A cost-effective solution that yields high quality results!

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