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rayshade and POV for Mathematica Export + view

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For use with Mathematica (4.0). Makes file.ray or .pov that will look much like image in notebook except rendered in 3D using raytracing. Can view result too. Hopefully many book examples work and appear much as in notebook except raytraced. (there are notable caveats) raytracing can make images of some Graphics3D more realistic. Works with many Graphics (ie 2D pie charts) as well.

POVRay is just as well supported.

Note: is not completely working with newer version of Mathematica 11.0, however, a multi-version fix should be along this year sometime.

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README is visible on File dl page

rayshade-mathematica Web Site


  • NOTE: not fully working with Mathematica 11, an 11 re-release planned within 2017.
  • RayView, RayPreView, RayShow (into front-end)
  • RayTesselate takes care of polygons (POV needs this)
  • RayGlass make all transparent
  • RayGray, RayGreyShade make all gray or transparent shadow
  • can add surface / trans additions per object created
  • does per (polygon) RGBcolor, Opacity, and some other things
  • ~Graphics~ 2D in 3D support (far from complete support)
  • Animation of raytraces ability in front-end (also other ways).
  • Text[] partially supported
  • RasterArray supported
  • Supports many Mathematica options such as PlotRange. LightSources
  • Lines, Points, Polygons, Spheres, Cuboid, Tube, other supported
  • (lines are special, auto converted to long 3D rectangles, points special)
  • RBGColor, Opacity, Thickness, other supported
  • NOTE: screenshots took seconds or a minute
  • screenshots made quick: much better output can be had automatically
  • screenshot glass checker took a several minutes; not hrs or all-nighter :)
  • NEW: test.nb in dl area contains regression plots used while making


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