The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer (POV-Ray) is a copyrighted freeware program that allows a user to easily create fantastic, three dimensional, photo-realistic images on just about any computer. POV-Ray reads standard ASCII text files that describe the shapes, colors, textures and lighting in a scene and mathematically simulates the rays of light moving through the scene to produce a photo-realistic image!
No traditional artistic or programming skills are required to use POV-Ray. First, you describe a picture in POV-Ray's scene description language, then POV-Ray takes your description and automatically creates an image from it with near perfect shading, perspective, reflections and lighting.
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