Back then when I started this site, a dedicated links section was almost mandatory for any website… now it’s mostly old-fashioned, but I kept it for the “vintage effect”.
These are some interesting links I’ve collected along the years, all of them related, more or less, to raytracing and POV-Ray. If you find any broken or wrong link, please report it to jaime at ignorancia dot org, so I can correct the problem.
The POV-Ray site
Home site for the fabulous and free raytracer. Start here if you don’t know what POV-Ray is…
The home page of MegaPOV, the popular collection of unofficial extensions of POV-Ray.
Wings3d is a surprisingly simple but powerfull modeller. Really worth a try…
The POVCOMP 2004
A new competition for POV-Ray artists, with great prizes. Let’s hope it will be annual…
Realism, surealism, abstract, figurative… there is something he can’t do?
Another “french school” member, capable both of making patches for POV-Ray and creating fine scenes.
Very productive and talented artist, with a terrific patience for modelling. Rest in peace, Master.
Another spanish artist, very inclined to mathematical abstraction.
Beautiful images and amazing animations, completed with code, many includes and tech tips.
Online portofolio from another great artist with an amazing ability that grows with each new image.
Tekno Frannansa website: lots of great images, some really awesome and surprisingly different.
Hildur Kolbrun Andresdottir
POV gallery with some very good works, showing a clear progress. There is also a nice tutorial on radiosity.
Rob’s Digital Art
Another laborious POV-Ray worker. The visit is worth, specially the very detailed explanations about the creative process.
A former IRTC runner-up. I hope he regains interest in POV-Ray again with the new IRTC revival…
Ive is a mysterious entity with awesome powers both on the technical and artistic sides… check out the rest of the site: his IC image viewer is just awesome, specially if you want accurate image manipulation.
Michael Scharrer POV-Ray scenes, mostly mathematical experiments with beautiful resutls.
The POV-Ray Links
One of the best places to start searching for all kind of resources.
Very active and helpful forums. But be sure to read the manual and the newsgroups FAQ first!
Excelent and original include files for many different tasks.
Useful and highly illustrated tutorials, Reference tables for POV functions, Isosurfaces includes and more…
Mayang’s Free Textures
More photos and textures organized by topic: some of these are very useful for quick texturing with POV-Ray.
While searching the Internet for some free images of fabrics, I found something better: a fabric simulation program for Linux! The free version has everything a POV user needs.
Lots of textures for image mapping, HDRI maps and much more.
MCPov is a patch to MegaPov 1.2.1, to use a montecarlo approach to evaluate the different contribution of the ray tracing algorithm.
PoseRay is a Windows (also Linux and Wine compatible) utility to convert 3D model meshes into POV-Ray scenes, among many other features.
Bullet Physics Playground by Koppi
A promising LUA interface to the Bullet Physics Library which exports to POV-Ray format. Still experimental, but very fun and interesting.
Almost all the fonts you may need for your text objects, including some useful dingbats fonts.
Accurate image processing, and much more… specially useful if you render to HDRI formats.
One of the best ways to find information, photos and drawings for reference when modelling, texturing, and lighting scenes.