How to install povedit
1) Download povedit.tgz
2) uncompress the archive (tar xvzf povedit.tgz). A directory named povedit is created.
3) cd povedit
4) type ./install (you must be root to do that)
You can now launch povedit by typing povedit (I assume your PATH contains /usr/local/bin. You can change it by typing
export PATH=$PATH:/usr/local/bin )
Povedit is installed in the /usr/local/povedit directory.
You can also download povedit.rpm. I suppose you are able to install a rpm.
The very first time you launch povedit, the software tries to find some important addresses.
A dialog box opens up to look for these addresses.
the address of the executable povray (it also works with megapov and others)
the address of the include files for pov. You can consider that these files are mandatory.
Your personal include files address. This address can be ommited.
You can also give some important parameters :
the language (only French or English)
the editors font
the main window color.
New: open an empty editor.
a2) Open: open a file in a new editor.
a3) Close: close current editor.
a4) CloseAll: close all the editors.
a5) Save: save the content of the current editor.
a6) Save as: save the content of the current editor with a new name.
a7) Save all: save the content of all the editors.
a8) Print: print the content of the current editor.
a9) Print Setup: not implemented yet.
a10) Exit: quit povedit.
a11) Older files: allow you to open a previously opened file. This menu item opens a cascade menu, where you can choose a file opened in a previous session.
|| b1) Undo:
cancel the last modification of the file.
b3) Redo: cancel the last undo.
b4) Cut: cut the selection and put it into the buffer.
b5) Copy: put the selection into the buffer.
b6) Paste: copy the buffer content at the current editor insert point.
b7) Delete: delete the selection without copying it into the buffer.
b8) Hide: hide the selection.
b9) Show: show back the previously hidden text.
b8) Select All: select the whole text.
b9) The "Selection" submenu allows to work only on the selected text zone.
c1 ) Find: look for a character string in the current editor. The found strings are highlighted in red.
c3) Replace: replace a string by another one.
c4) Find Next: look for the same string again.
c5) Match Brace: look for the bracket matching just before the insert point. If the insert point is not behind a bracket, this command has no effect. It works for opening and closing brackets.
c6) Go to Line: put the insert point to the chosen line number.
|| d1) Show White Space: show or hide spaces
in the text.
d2) Set Repeat Count: set how many time the next command will be repeated.
||The insert menu proposes to select a "pov
object" from a floating menu. This one corresponds with the content
of the "Insert_Menu" directory, located in the povedit installation
directory. Subdirectories correspond with cascading menu entries.
Files with a "pov" or "txt" extension correspond with menu entries.
To insert an object, just click on it, it will be inserted at the current
editor insert point.
Of course you can add or delete some files in this directory, the changes will be made in the insert menu.
This menu item opens a new window, allowing you to:
_ select the main pov configuration file.
_ change the main pov configuration file.
_ change the additional options.
Modifications of these two files will be saved for the following sessions.
g2) Select File and Render: Ask you to select a file, and directly performs a rendering of this file.
g3) Start Rendering: perform a rendering of the current editor. In case of trouble, povray's error messages are written in the "Messages" editor (in read-only).
g4) Parallel rendering: launch a render of the current editor on the selected computers.
g5) Control Box: see Graphical control .
g6) Kill All: close all the rendering windows.
||h1) Launch server: launch a server on the
local computer. Useful for clusterized rendering.
h2) Servers selection: this menu item pops up a new window, where you can select the servers needed for clusterized rendering.
h3) Configure povedit.
h4) Icon bar configuration.
h5) Show Port Folio.
h6) Show Toolbar.
h7) Record to Port Folio.
||i1) Update: connect to a server and upgrade
povedit files. You will have to copy this files towards usr/local/povedit.
i2) About povedit: license, greetings, legal stuff.
A selection window pops up, in which you can choose the functions you prefer. An icon is attached to each function.
The icons are fairly clear and help balloons are bound to the buttons.
You can activate the portfolio by clicking the "Portfolio" checkbox, or with the menu Options/Record to Portfolio.
When the checkbox is on, the portfolio is automatically shown, and all your renderings are added in it. To retrieve an old rendering, simply click on its thumbnail, a new editor is created with the code you are looking for.
CAUTION! The options +FP and +O- have to be selected.
A new window pops up, containing a slider for each numeric value in the selection. These sliders control the numerical values.
Clicking on 'OK' changes the text of the file with the new values.
Clicking on 'VISU' renders the scene.
Clicking on 'Cancel',...