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KIO-POV is a external linkKDE IO-Slave for the external linkPersistence of Vision Raytracer (POV-Ray).

It provides an easy-to-use interface to POV-Ray for rendering scenes, viewing render results, render logs and information about POV-Ray files. For example if you want to render the scene /usr/local/share/povray-3.6/scenes/advanced/biscuit.pov (which comes with POV-Ray) you just open:


in konqueror (or in a KDE image editor if you want to edit the image) and you get the image rendered by POV-Ray.

Render results are cached so when you access the same render twice without modifying the scene you will not have to wait for the render to finish again.

Apart from the basic rendering mode which returns a PNG image you can also access information summaries about the scene in HTML form (see screenshot) and view the log file of the render. If POV-Ray reports errors while processing the scene the error message will be shown as well.

KIO-POV also supports external linkMegaPOV. MegaPOV scenes are automatically rendered with MegaPOV if it is installed.

Note KIO-POV requires POV-Ray 3.6 or 3.6.1 to function properly. It is strongly recommended to install the latest official version from the external linkPOV-Ray website (both the source and the binary version will work).

If you want to report bugs in KIO-POV or otherwise want to contact me about it you can do so via the external newsgroup on the external linkPOV-Ray newsserver. For KDE-related questions the KDE mailing lists will also be helpful.