I just got an iMac Core Duo 2Hgz 2MB 20" with OSX 10.4.4. It is wonderful.
I downloaded POV-Ray 3.6.1 for UNIX and, following the included directions,
used the Configure script in Terminal.app to compile the application. I
used the non-default method, which does not require Root privileges.
After some frustrating fits and starts I got UNIX POV running from the
Terminal command line. I still don't quite know what I'm doing, but I can
render and use an .ini file to set resolution and quality etc., so there's
I performed the built-in benchmark, in which on the command line one types
povray -benchmark. The results are below.
Smallest Alloc: 9 bytes
Largest Alloc: 1440008 bytes
Peak memory used: 5521337 bytes
Total Scene Processing Times
Parse Time: 0 hours 0 minutes 2 seconds (2 seconds)
Photon Time: 0 hours 0 minutes 39 seconds (39 seconds)
Render Time: 0 hours 32 minutes 19 seconds (1939 seconds)
Total Time: 0 hours 33 minutes 0 seconds (1980 seconds)
Using the Activity Meter, I see that UNIX POV only uses one of the two
processor cores to any extent; but it does max that one core out,
In benchmarking UNIX POV 3.6.1 against the beta Universal of MacMegaPOV,
using the same .ini file, I found that Mac Unix->39 seconds, MacMegaPOV->37
seconds, of rendering time.
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