I have downloaded the POVRayRender package and I tried to use it. I can't get it to work. I even used the command Deep instead of Short, that works but I can't get colors in the POV-Ray output. Can someone explain it to me in detail from the beginning? Mathematica and POV-Ray 3.7 are both on my D:\ drive I would be very happy.

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    $\begingroup$ Would be nice to link to source at least. Is there any manual? Where exactly are you stuck? $\endgroup$
    – Kuba
    Commented Jul 21, 2017 at 11:41

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Assuming you mean the package from this source: https://github.com/xslittlegrass/POVRayRender-For-Mathematica and presented in this thread: Mathematica and POV-Ray workflow (Q&A), here is a small introduction:

  1. Download the package to a directory of your liking and unzip.
  2. Open Mathematica
  3. Under File > Install... , choose package and input the path to the package you just downloaded.
  4. Also copy the directory "POVRayRender" into the $UserBaseDirectory, which is usually on Windows: C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Mathematica
  5. Restart Mathematica.
  6. Load the functions via: Needs["POVRayRender`"]
  7. Set the path to your povray installation with, for example:

    ConfigurePOVRayRender["POVRayPath" -> "C:\\Program Files\\POV-Ray\\v3.7\\bin\\pvengine.exe"];

  8. Try out a nice example:

    p = ParametricPlot3D[{{4 + (3 + Cos[v]) Sin[u], 4 + (3 + Cos[v]) Cos[u], 4 + Sin[v]}, {8 + (3 + Cos[v]) Cos[u], 3 + Sin[v], 4 + (3 + Cos[v]) Sin[u]}}, {u, 0, 2 Pi}, {v, 0, 2 Pi}, PlotStyle -> {Red, Green}, PlotPoints -> 80, Mesh -> None]; POVRayRender[p, Method -> "Triangle"]

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you!.it works fine now,i am really happy now. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 4, 2018 at 9:45

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