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POV-Ray (Persistence Of Vision Raytracer) is a free, high quality program for rendering 3D scenes with the ray tracing method. The scene is described in a programming language-like syntax. Through rendering the scene (with all objects, light sources, environment, camera,...) is converted into a photo-realistic three-dimensional representation (with shade, reflections, perspective...). Many 3D modelling and visualization programs offer a scene export for POV Ray (e.g. molecule representations) and thus allow for high-quality output for presentations, publications and poster.

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