- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 9 Feb 2001
Upcoming Radiance[Works] for Mac OS X
Architosh recently ran a story
on Radiance, the Unix-based raytracing software product. Radiance
is a product that is focused on lighting accuracy. "The primary
advantage Radiance has over simpler lighting calculations and rendering
tools is that there are no limitations on the geometry or the materials
that may be simulated." You can learn more about Radiance here at
the US Dept.
of Energy Radiance website.
French Programmers/Architects Working on OS X Radiance Tools
Responding to our Radiance for OS X story, Platane Architects in
France wrote in telling us of their work on Radiance tools for Mac
OS X and a VectorWorks Radiance plugin (of which there is a screenshot
on their website):
"First excuse my English,
We are two 'programming-architects': Jean
Branger and me Platane Beres. Jean is [very specialized] in Unix.
He is the president of L'AFUU (Association of French Unix Users)
and he [has] done the Unix part of the programming. For my part
I am a regular user of VectorWorks and it has been a long time
now [since] I have done a translation to Radiance in [which used]
to be MiniCAD."
"I used to run Radiance under MKlinux
(on Apple PowerPC hardware). We are both [instructors] at the
LIESA (Lab of Informatique at Ecole Special d'Architecture)."
After a few more emails we learned that Jean and Platane are getting
close to putting a package of Radiance for Mac OS X on a server
for free download. Currently they said they had a small problem
on the compilation (compiling) of Radiance that has to do with the
Ambient value for lighting. But they are working on a fix.
Samples of Radiance
Jean and Platane have a website
of Radiance rendered images and you can look at their VectorWorks
plugin as well. Additionally there are sample
images of Radiance at the Radiance government site and more
at Artifice.com where they discuss versions of Unix for PowerPC
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