ANN: Python Computer Graphics Kit v2.0.0alpha5

Discussion in 'Python' started by Matthias Baas, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. The fifth alpha release of version 2 of the Python Computer Graphics
    Kit is available at http://cgkit.sourceforge.net


    What is it?
    -----------

    The Python Computer Graphics Kit is a generic 3D package written in
    C++ and Python that can be used for a variety of domains such as
    scientific visualization, photorealistic rendering, Virtual Reality or
    even games. The package contains a number of generic modules that can
    be useful for any application that processes 3D data. This includes
    new types such as vectors, matrices and quaternions. Furthermore, the
    package can read and store 3D models in memory where they can be
    manipulated by Python programs. The kit comes with tools that can be
    used to display the scene either interactively or by rendering it
    offline via a RenderMan renderer.


    What's new?
    -----------

    - Easier usage as external dependencies are delayed until they are
    really used. This makes it easier to use most parts of the package
    even when you do not have PIL or PyOpenGL installed.

    - To further ease installation you can opt to install a 'light'
    version which is implemented in pure Python. This light version only
    has limited functionality (basically it provides the functionality of
    cgkit1) but it has no dependencies at all (neither at runtime nor at
    installation time (no C/C++ compiler required!)) and runs virtually
    anywhere (this should also work on your mobile phone :).

    - New BezierCurve object that is modelled after the spline shape in
    MAX (MAX spline shapes can actually be exported with a special
    maxscript).

    - New MotionPath component to animate objects or sample curves at
    regular intervals.

    - The RMShader class does not need an external preprocessor anymore
    (which makes life easier for Windows user).

    - + quite a few more enhancements and bugfixes (see the changelog).


    Windows binary versions are available for Python 2.3 and Python 2.4.


    For more information, visit:

    http://cgkit.sourceforge.net


    - Matthias -
    Matthias Baas, Sep 2, 2005
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