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  Configuring POVray for use with Eagle 3D  
From: Tiger
Date: 7 Sep 2007 09:21:24
Message: <46e15054@news.povray.org>
I'm a complete newbie when it comes to POVray and need some help 
configuring and using it.
I'm on a Powerbook G4 (1.67GHz) running MacOS 10.4.10.
I've installed POVray 3.6.

I barely know what POVray is (excuse my ignorance), but have an interest 
in it because of "Eagle 3D" which is a script that produces a .POV file 
out of an electronic circuit board design.
The POV file is then (as far as I know) run through POVray to create a 
3-dimensional drawing of the actual circuit board.
Check out this website for more info about Eagle 3D as well as pictures:

What I've done so far is download the installation files from the above 
site, the direct file-link being: 

And then I placed the ULP (script file) where my electronic design 
application; Eagle (http://www.cadsoft.de/) can find it.

However, when it comes to POVray and how to treat the Eagle-generated 
.POV file I'm totally lost.
I've so far double-clicked the POV file which loaded it into POVray, and 
following that I assumed that I should just go to the "Render" menu and 
choose to render this file. Well, I seemed to have gotten several error 
Upon contacting the author of Eagle 3D I was told that I need to tell 
POVray the location of a specific folder which came with Eagle 3D. 
However, I don't see any way of configuring this in POVray.

A folder named "POVray" comes with Eagle 3D which contains the following 

total 1712
-rwx------   1   21456 Nov 27  2006 alphalcd.ttf
-rw-r--r--   1   39231 Nov 27  2006 cap.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   13141 Nov 27  2006 capwima.inc
-rw-r--r--   1      78 Nov 27  2006 col.inc
-rw-r--r--   1  210961 Nov 27  2006 connector.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   65218 Nov 27  2006 diode.inc
-rwx------   1   54344 Nov 27  2006 eagle3d.ttf
-rw-r--r--   1   59350 Nov 27  2006 ic.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   14237 Nov 27  2006 qfp.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   81236 Nov 27  2006 resistor.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   16955 Nov 27  2006 socket.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   95898 Nov 27  2006 special.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   48831 Nov 27  2006 switch.inc
-rwx------   1     223 Nov 27  2006 tex_elko.png
-rwx------   1    3039 Nov 27  2006 tex_elko_axial.png
-rw-r--r--   1   46472 Nov 27  2006 tools.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   33623 Nov 27  2006 trafo.inc
-rw-r--r--   1   31581 Nov 27  2006 transistor.inc
-rw-r--r--   1       0 Nov 27  2006 user.inc

I tried placing all those files in POVray's "include" folder, but I'm 
still getting error messages when I try to render the POV file, so I 
assume I have to place them somewhere else or I'm not understanding how 
to use POVray properly.
Here are those error messages:

POV-Ray 3.6 for Mac OS Frontend Build 197

Persistence of Vision(tm) Ray Tracer Version 3.6.1 (Mac CodeWarrior)
This is an official version prepared by the POV-Ray Team. See the
  documentation on how to contact the authors or visit us on the
  internet at http://www.povray.org/.
POV-Ray is based on DKBTrace 2.12 by David K. Buck & Aaron A. Collins
Copyright 1991-2003 Persistence of Vision Team
Copyright 2003-2004 Persistence of Vision Raytracer Pty. Ltd.
Parsing Options
   Input file: Internal_drive:Users:Tiger:Desktop:test.pov (compatible 
to version 3.60)
   Remove bounds........On   Split unions.........On
   Library paths:
Output Options
   Image resolution 160 by 120 (rows 0 to 120, columns 0 to 160).
   Output file: test.pict, 24 bpp (system format)
   Graphic display.....On  (gamma:  1.8)
   Mosaic preview.......Off
   CPU usage histogram.Off
   Continued trace......Off
Tracing Options
   Quality:  9
   Bounding boxes......On  Bounding threshold: 1
   Light Buffer.........On   Vista Buffer.........On   Draw Vista 
Animation Options
   Clock value....   0.000  (Animation off)
Possible Parse Error: Could not find file 'tools.inc'

File test.pov line 117
Parse Error: Cannot open include file tools.inc.

File test.pov line 117
Parse Warning: Check that the file is in a directory specifed with a +L 
switch or 'Library_Path='
.INI item. Standard include files are in the include directory or 
folder. Please read your
documentation carefully.

File test.pov line 117
Total Scene Processing Times
   Parse Time:    0 hours  0 minutes  0 seconds (0 seconds)
   Photon Time:   0 hours  0 minutes  0 seconds (0 seconds)
   Render Time:   0 hours  0 minutes  0 seconds (0 seconds)
   Total Time:    0 hours  0 minutes  0 seconds (0 seconds)

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