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RenderMan RIB bindings

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  • Subject: [mg51161] RenderMan RIB bindings
  • From: flip.phillips at (flip phillips)
  • Date: Wed, 6 Oct 2004 04:35:21 -0400 (EDT)
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Years and years ago (in 1988 to be exact) while I was at Pixar I put
together a package in Mathematica that would output RI files (back
then called RIP files... oh the memories).

I have an experiment where I need to generate a bunch of entire scenes
(not just export Graphics3D) so I resurrected the concept (new code)
and have a mostly complete implementation of the RIB bindings
available from within Mathematica. You can do things like:


Its not fully done enough to make available autonomously, but if you'd
like to experiment with it / help me finish the port off please get in
touch and I'd be happy to share it.

As of right now it has about 90% of the routines. It is a MathLink
program built inside Xcode for MacOS X. It requires a relatively
current RIB library. In the spirit of the Pixar code my colleagues and
I wrote back then, it consists of one monstrous MathLink template file
and another similarly huge .c glue file, so it would be trivial to
port to other platforms.

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