2 - FTP Sites, Web Sites, Mailing Lists

Subject 2.1 - FTP and Web Sites

  The following list details some of the main graphics related FTP
  sites, their maintainers (where known) and any other info.

  For a more complete list of FTP sites, see the list by Eric Haines
  <erich at eye.com> and Nick Fotis <nfotis at theseas.ntua.gr> from which
  much of the following has been taken.

  * ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/ []
    George Kyriazis <kyriazis at esd.sgi.com>

    A huge repository of graphics stuff, particulary:

    - /graphics/graphics - get CONTENTS file.
    - /graphics/graphics/objects/TDDD - the TDDD objects and converters.
    - /mirrors/unix-c/graphics - Rayshade, MTV, Vort, FBM, PBMPLUS, etc.
    - /mirrors/msdos/graphics - DKB ray tracer, FLI RayTracker demos.
    - /graphics/graphics/mirrors - mirrors many sites.
    - /pub/rad.tar.Z - SGI_RAD.
    - /graphics/graphics/radiosity - Radiance and Indian packages.
    - /systems/ibmpc/msdos/graphics - loads of PC graphics stuff.

  * ftp://ftp.informatik.uni-oldenburg.de/ []
    Frank Neumann <Frank.Neumann at informatik.uni-oldenburg.de>

    Another good site for ray tracing, particulary POV-Ray.

    - /pub/pov-ray - get INDEX for full details
    - /pub/pov-ray/conv - format converters
    - /pub/pov-ray/edit - graphical editors
    - /pub/pov-ray/ext - source extensions
    - /pub/pov-ray/gen - data file generators
    - /pub/pov-ray/misc - other tools, ray tracers, etc.
    - /pub/pov-ray/new - uploads
    - /pub/pov-ray/obj - objects
    - /pub/pov-ray/pack - compression
    - /pub/pov-ray/pix - pictures
    - /pub/pov-ray/scen - scenes
    - /pub/pov-ray/text - text articles
    - /pub/pov-ray/view - viewers
    - /pub/pov-ray/pbin - unofficial POV binaries

  * ftp://ftp.povray.org/ []
    http://www.povray.org/ []
    Christopher Cason <Chris.Cason at povray.org>

    This is the primary site for POV-Ray.  It contains a large number of
    POV-Ray utilities, executables, and scenes.  This site also has a
    mirror of avalon.vislab.navy.mil (see below), as well as polyray.

    - /pub/povray/Hall-Of-Fame - incredible ray-traced images
    - /pub/povray/Official - official sources and executables
    - /pub/povray/Ray-Tracing-News - archive of Eric Haines' newsletter
    - /pub/povray/animation - animations created with POV-Ray
    - /pub/povray/ezine - a magazine about POV-Ray
    - /pub/povray/fonts - font utilities
    - /pub/povray/modellers - CAD packages for creating scene files
    - /pub/povray/objects - a collection of POV objects
    - /pub/povray/scenes - complete POV-Ray scene files
    - /pub/povray/unofficial - modifications and executables by others
    - /pub/povray/utilities - tools and programs to make life easier
    - /pub/irtc - images from new bi-monthly ray-tracing competition
      (note that the IRTC now has its own site http://www.irtc.org/
    - /pub/mirrors/avalon - mirror of avalon.vislab.navy.mil (See below)
    - /pub/polyray - Polyray source files

    Due to increasing demand for better access, ftp.povray.org now has
    many mirror sites around the world.  None of the mirrors are
    "Official", so there is no guarantee that they will have everything
    at povray.org, nor that it is the latest version.  However, POV-Ray
    is not a release-a-week piece of software, so chances are that the
    local mirror will have the latest release.  If anyone notices that
    one of these sites no longer exists, please let me know.

    http://wuarchive.wustl.edu/graphics/graphics/mirrors/ []
    ftp://wuarchive.wustl.edu/graphics/graphics/mirrors/  []
    ftp://ftp.cdrom.com/pub/povray/                      []
    ftp://ftp.vu.union.edu/pub/povray/                   []
    http://www.vu.union.edu/~ftp/pub/povray/             []
    ftp://uiarchive.cso.uiuc.edu/pub/graphics/povray/      []

    ftp://ftp.uwa.edu.au/                               []
    ftp://plaza.aarnet.edu.au/graphics/graphics/mirrors/   []
    ftp://ftp.ncu.edu.tw/Packages/ray-tracing/             []
    http://ftp.ncu.edu.tw/Packages/ray-tracing/           []
    ftp://ring.asahi-net.or.jp/pub/misc/povray/          []

    http://www.hensa.ac.uk/ftp/mirrors/povray/           []
    ftp://www.hensa.ac.uk/mirrors/povray/                     []
    ftp://ftp.shu.ac.uk/pub/computing/packages/raytrace/   []
    ftp://sunsite.doc.ic.ac.uk/Mirrors/ftp.povray.org/     []
    ftp://ftp.fh-rosenheim.de/pub/mirror/ftp.povray.org/   []
    ftp://ftp.tu-clausthal.de/pub/mirror/povray/           []
    http://ftp.tu-clausthal.de/pub/mirror/povray/          []
    ftp://kermit.stud.fh-heilbronn.de/mirrors/povray/       []
    http://kermit.stud.fh-heilbronn.de/povray/              []
    ftp://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/other/povray/             []
    http://ftp.uni-erlangen.de/pub/other/povray/            []
    ftp://gd.tuwien.ac.at/pub/graphics/raytracing/povray []
    http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/graphics/raytracing/povray       []
    ftp://stef.u-picardie.fr/pub2/ftp.povray.org/         []
    http://stef.u-picardie.fr/ftp/pub2/ftp.povray.org/    []
    ftp://ftp.univ-lille1.fr:/pub/povray/                  []

    ftp://ftp.etsimo.uniovi.es/pub/raytrace/               []
    http://www.etsimo.uniovi.es/ftp/pub/raytrace/          []
    ftp://ftp.nectec.or.th/pub/mirrors/ray-tracing/      []
    http://ftp.nectec.or.th/pub/mirrors/ray-tracing/     []
    ftp://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/pub/povray/                   []
    http://sunsite.icm.edu.pl/pub/povray/                   []
    ftp://ftp.flashnet.it/pub/ftp.povray.org/             []
    http://serviceftp.flashnet.it/mirrors.htm             []

    ftp://sunsite.wits.ac.za/pub/mirrors/                []

    The POV-Ray CD-ROM from Walnut Creek Raytrace! is now available
    online.  Check it out at:

  * ftp://ftp.princeton.edu/ []
    Craig Kolb <cek at cs.princeton.edu>

    Home of Rayshade, and other graphics tid-bits.

    - /pub/Graphics/GraphicsGems - source code from Graphics Gems books
    - /pub/Graphics/URT - Utah Raster Toolkit
    - /pub/Graphics/SPD - Standard Procedural Database
    - /pub/Graphics/rayshade - rayshade source code
    - /pub/Graphics/RTNews - Ray Tracing News
    - /pub/Graphics/Papaers - ray tracing papers, bibliographies

  * ftp://avalon.viewpoint.com/ []
    http://www.viewpoint.com/ []
    Webmaster <sph at viewpoint.com>

    Avalon was created to be a 3D object "repository" for the net.  3D
    objects (multiple formats), utilities, and file format documents
    are only part of what is available here.  Since July 1995, Avalon
    has been run by Viewpoint, a commercial 3D model vendor, but they
    insist that the Avalon models will still be available for free to
    all.  This site is also mirrored by (among others):


  * http://cedar.cic.net/~rtilmann/mm/ []
    Webmaster <rtilmann at cedar.cic.net>

    Meshmart is a repository of 3D objects in a variety of formats.
    Not only does MeshMart have objects available, they also have
    objects on consignment as well as an "objects wanted" area.

  * ftp://hobbes.lbl.gov/ []
    http://radsite.lbl.gov/radiance/HOME.html []
    Greg Ward <gjward at lbl.gov>

    Official distribution site for Radiance ray trace/radiosity package.

  * ftp://mm-ftp.cs.berkeley.edu/ []

    - /pub/graphics/mm/encode - MPEG encoding software
    - /pub/graphics/mm/play - MPEG decoding/display software

  * ftp://rtfm.mit.edu/ []

    - /pub/usenet/news.answers - the land of FAQs.

  * http://user.baden-online.de/~mbachman/pile/pile_eng.htm
    Mathais Bachmann <mbachmann at baden-online.de>

    PILE, a new Website concerning POVRay include files, searchable
    by categories, all with descriptions, ratings, links to their
    homepages, etc...


Subject 2.2 - Mailing Lists

  Listed below is a selection of mailing lists related to graphics
  and/or ray tracing.  If I haven't included specific details on
  subscription, it's because I don't know.  Best bet is to send a
  "help" message.

  * POV-Ray

    Called the dkb-list for historical reasons (POV-Ray was based on
    David Buck's "DKBTrace"), the list exists for users of POV-Ray and
    associated products, on all platforms.

    Subscription:  listserv%TREARN.BITNET at vm.gmd.de
      Body Text:   subscribe dkb-l <Your full name>
    Posting:       DKB-L%TREARN.BITNET at listserv.gmd.de

  * Rayshade

    Mailing list for Rayshade users, mainly on UNIX platforms.

    Subscription:  rayshade-users-request at cs.princeton.edu
    Posting:       rayshade-users at cs.princeton.edu
    Archive:       ftp://graphics.stanford.edu/pub/rayshade/rayshade-users/

  * Radiance

    Greg Ward, the author of Radiance has a distribution list of all
    users.  Register with him: greg at pink.lbl.gov

  * Imagine

    For users of the Imagine 3d rendering and animation package for the
    Amiga and, more recently, the IBM PC.

    Subscription:  listserv at sjuvm.stjohns.edu
      Body Text:   subscribe imagine <first name> <last name>
    Posting:       imagine at sjuvm.stjohns.edu

  * Toaster

    This list deals with the Video Toaster system for the Amiga.

    Subscription:  toaster-request at bobsbox.rent.com
      Body Text:   subscribe <address> toaster
    Posting:       toaster at bobsbox.rent.com

  * Lightwave

    Lightwave is part of the suite of programs that come with the
    Video Toaster system for the Amiga.

    Subscription:  lightwave-request at bobsbox.rent.com
      Body Text:     subscribe <address> lightwave
    Posting:       lightwave at bobsbox.rent.com

  * TrueSpace

    This is a mailing list for users of trueSpace, maintained by
    employees of trueSpace's maker, Caligari (http://www.caligari.com).

    Subscription:  truespace-request at caligari.com
      Body Text:     subscribe <address> truespace
    Posting:       truespace at caligari.com

  * 3D Studio

    Autodesk's 3d modelling and rendering system for the IBM PC.

    Subscription:  3dstudio-request at bobsbox.rent.com
      Body Text:     subscribe <address> 3dstudio
    Posting:       3dstudio at bobsbox.rent.com

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