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  Re: Command line to make windows povray 3.6 autorun  
From: Alain
Date: 13 Apr 2014 13:38:27
Message: <534acb93@news.povray.org>

> Hi there,
> I have a legcy rendering code which is based on povray 3.6. Now I have a bunch
> of input data to be used together with one .pov file. In every single rendering
> process, one data will be read by a simple program and copyed to, let's say
> currentData.txt, and this file will be read as an input data and rendered by
> this modified povray program. It works fine if I just want to render every frame
> manually. So I wrote a simple code and try to automate the rendering task.
> Every time an image is finished rendering, the GUI is closed and re-opened as
> expected. But the problem is that I have to press the "run" button to render it
> again.
> Does anyone know how to avoid this manual intervention and let it render images
> automatically?
> Thanks.
> Regards,
> Xiao

Be sure to add /run in your script on the line that invoque POV-Ray.
You should use an INI file instead of calling POV-Ray directly.
That ini file will provide the name of the file to be rendered, 
optionaly, the resolution to be used and other options, like the data 

Another option is to use the animation feature.
It work great if you can batch create your currentData files before you 
start the rendering. You want files named somewhat like this:
Data00001.txt, Data00002.txt, Data00003.txt,...
Next, in your scene, use string manipulation to construct the name 
needed for the current frame.
#declare InputFileName= concat("Data", str(frame_number,
Using read and write, the current render can read your data and write 
your currentData.txt file for the next frame.
The animation can be initiated from the ini file or using command line 

Files based on version 3.6 will render fine with version 3.7 with the 
following changes:
The default image format is now PNG
In radiosity scenes, ambient is disabled. Use emission in your finish 
instead if you want the texture to glow.
It is recomended to use assumed_gamma 1.

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