Space settlement rendering in POV-Ray

Space settlement rendering in POV-Ray

Post by Joe Strou » Mon, 19 Jun 2006 02:18:10

I'm just a dabbler in POV, but I'm trying to recreate some of the
classic space settlement paintings from the 1970s in POV-Ray. Here's my
first effort (still a work in progress):

It's an external shot of a Stanford Torus (actually, two of them). I'd
appreciate any feedback.

One specific question I have is, how can I make the windows texture on
the central hub? It should be dark metal with a bunch of tiny lit
windows, like a skyscraper seen from a distance, as in the original
painting [1]. I'm stumped on that one -- any advice from the POV
experts here?

Many thanks,
- Joe


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2. updated on pov-ray mode for emacs

The emacs's pove mode, originally by Peter W Boettcher in 1997, and
worked by several others, has been out of date since 2003. It doesn't
run in emacs 22 and it's not trivial to fix.

Am glad to announce that Marco Pessotto has fixed many problem and is
actively developing the mode. Now it works in emacs 22.

You can get the current version at:

or direct link at
(this direct link won't work for long since the version gets updated
about weekly)

This mode features customizable syntax coloring, keyword completion,
keyword documentation lookup, over 200 templates insertion (such as
inc files, color, lighting, shape, transformation ...etc templates),
toolbar, and other features.

He's looking for feedback, especially Windows users. (he's on linux,
i'm on OSX)

Right now, there are still some imperfections... For example, a shell
script is used to nstallit by modifying the elisp file to add
paths to POV-Ray documentation. However, it works quite well as is.

So, if you use POV-Ray, please give it a try and give him feedback.
(his email address is in the file.)



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