RenderPark is a test-bed system for physically based photo-realistic image
synthesis. It's a free software package providing a solid implementation
of a wide variety of state-of-the-art ray-tracing and radiosity algorithms.
Although RenderPark is in the first place a tool for research and teaching,
it is evolving towards a full featured physics based global illumination
rendering system that also illumination engineers, architects, designers
and artists will appreciate.
* reads models in MGF and new XRML (extended VRML'97) file format.
* images can be saved in PPM, TIFF and Radiance PIC format, for which numerous
* supports high dynamic range TIFF and PIC image output, suitable for lighting
analysis purposes, e.g. using Radiance tools, or experimentation with tone
mapping techniques ...
* illuminated models after radiosity can be saved in VRML'97 format.
* X-Windows/Motif based user interface.
* interactive navigation using graphics hardware (OpenGL) with various
optimizations that make it suited for large models.
* wide range of tone mapping operators + calibrated monitor support.
* batch rendering with control through command line arguments or
Inter Process Communication.
* rendering into an external canvas window makes RenderPark behave as a
"plug-in" in other applications.
Rendering algorithms implemented:
Object-space radiance algorithms:
* Galerkin radiosity (both gathering and shooting) with (or without)
hierarchical refinement, higher order approximations, clustering,
* Stochastic Jacobi radiosity, also hierarchical with clustering, higher
order approximations and view-importance as described in Philippe Bekaert's
PhD thesis (recommended radiosity method)
* Various random walk radiosity algorithms
* Photon Mapping
Pixel-driven radiance algorithms:
* stochastic ray tracing (usable as a second pass after an object-space
radiance algorithm, with special support for the photon map)
* bi-directional path tracing. Using regular expressions, you can tune
exactly what part of the light transport shall be computed.
I'll handle this.
Committed, thank you!