Using povray to generate map markers January 28th, 2011

How does a non creative person generate map markers?  I pulled out an old tool The Persistence of Vision Ray Tracer to construct some simple 3d scenes and render them to icons.  A little bit of ImageMagick and a Makefile, and I’ve got shiny new map markers:

That’s enough to get me going for now.  I’ll add more colors and other bits later as I need them.

Here’s the GitHub:

I haven’t played with PovRay in almost 20 years.  It’s amazing that its still alive and being improved on.  Back then, rendering something like this on a 12MHz PC would have taken hours, if not all day.  On modern gear, its just a few seconds.

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