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24 May 2024 18:11:11 EDT (-0400)
  Re: Modified golds.inc and metals.inc  
From: William F Pokorny
Date: 26 Feb 2022 03:53:43
Message: <6219ea97$1@news.povray.org>
On 2/24/22 17:41, Cousin Ricky wrote:
> Please find attached new versions of golds.inc and metals.inc, as well
> as the portfolio scene t_metals.pov with t_metals.ini.
> I have named myself in the modification texts, yet the original authors
> are not named.  This feels awkward.  Does anyone know who wrote the
> originals?
> The include files are #versioned at 3.8, but they should work fine with
> 3.7 if you change the #version.  The portfolio files are unaltered from
> 3.8.0-beta.2.

I'd say attribute the work originally to the POV-Team circa 1995/1996.

Not definitive by any means - and before I started to use POV-Ray - but 
there is a file called 'metals.doc' which first shows up in my captured 
source tarballs in v3.0. I don't see it or anything like it in the 
earlier v2.2.

It contains no list of authors(a), but the following text can be found 
at the bottom of the file:


METALS.INC is the result of studying the current metal textures and a
few other good ones that we've collected in the past year and doing our
best at determining what they have in common.  We originally came up 
with nine finishes, but eventually distilled that into the five that you 
see here.  The differences between any two adjacent finishes should be
negligable, yet the differences between any three should be quite
noticeable.  At least, that was our goal.

We also did our best at arriving at a set of five color variations for
each of the metal groups.  This isn't perfect, but we think we came pretty

The finishes range from soft, rough, & dull (the "A" finishes) to hard &
highly polished (the "E" finishes)


Bill P.

(a) - Elsewhere, Dan Farmer is listed doing other metal work, but the 
'we' in the 'metals.doc' synopsis I expect equates to POV-Team more or less.

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