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  Re: Parsing Feature Question "pack and GO" or "briefcase" style tool  
From: Andycadd
Date: 17 Feb 2007 00:10:00
Message: <web.45d68cc16042346cfedbe4b90@news.povray.org>
I am intrigued with this idea, you are saying that the entire file need not
be loaded but somehow "preparsed" within a macro loop of some sort, please
explain this to me.  SDL is not my forte.  Currently I use autocad to model
and a custom Autolisp file to access the geometry and translate it into POV
and INC files.  I am considering pulling the texture file together with a
string match from a text file, hence writing a texture file definition
library file each time I access the geometry of the model.  Your idea would
mean the library file could remain complete, in fact I could load all the
texture libraries I have and only keep the textures I need.  Please if you
have any details of this lemme know.  I could very easily change my code to
lsit the names of the materials I wish to load.

Is there open-file and write-line keywords within the SDL I could just use
them to write an abbreviated texture file of what I need.

Right now I use the custom tool in Autocad to write a group of includes and
a single pov file, then in povray I click render and that is it, no editing
or changing of anything, all the standard settings are prewritten by the

"Charles C" <nomail@nomail> wrote:
> A simple & compatible-for-all approach (because it's SDL), less the details:
> I bet you could re-do each library so that within each file, each "entry" is
> a #case within a giant #switch.  Then if each entry contained strings of SDL
> rather than straight SDL you could easily automate building up a smaller
> file's worth of textures or what-have-you.  (Yes that's treating a file as
> a macro rather than defining the switch in a macro since we wouldn't want
> to keep most of it in memory, and then running through it N times to cover
> however many items we're picking out.)
> Charles
> "Andycadd" <And### [at] comcastnet> wrote:
> > Has anyone created a "pack and go" style tool for povray?

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