[Chimera-users] Chimera -> Povray

Elaine Meng meng at cgl.ucsf.edu
Mon Dec 5 15:12:44 PST 2016

Hi Lothar,
If you use "File… Export Scene” (instead of Save Image) or the “export” command, there is an option to save a file for POV-Ray without rendering:


I hope this helps,
Elaine C. Meng, Ph.D. 
UCSF Computer Graphics Lab (Chimera team) and Babbitt Lab
Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
University of California, San Francisco

> On Dec 5, 2016, at 3:07 PM, esserlo at helix.nih.gov wrote:
> Hi,
>   currently, I am using chimera to make a figure for publication and render
> the result in povray. However the figure is a bit complex - with a gradient
> background just to mention one thing- so that I have to edit the .pov file.
> Is there a way to ask chimera to output the .pov file but not render it in
> povray right away (that would save time as I need to edit it first!).
> Unfortunately in the "save image" menu, using povray, I did not find a
> checkbox that would enable chimera to write out .pov only.
> Thanks for any advice.
> Lothar

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