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The following was a reply to a message posted at the News Group:

The POV-Ray project started in May 1991 when I first proposed the idea to a group of people on CompuServe. They liked my DKBTrace raytracer but didn't like the fact that I was too slow adding new features to it. They were going to re-write a raytracer from scratch, but I suggested that after version 2.12 of DKBTrace, they could take the code as is and develop it from there into a new raytracer. The first name was STAR - an acronym for something or other. Then someone in the group came up with "Persistance of Vision". We liked it because of its reference to Dali (I believe the painting was actually called * Persistance of Vision * - am I mistaken?). Moreover, it seemed to symbolize the team who "Persisted" to achieve their "Vision". The third reference was to the + phycological + effect that seeing an image flashed on a screen causes you to retain that image in short term memory. Thus, your memory was a representation of reality but not really reality. They all seemed to fit together to make a nice name. Early on, we were abbreviating the name to PVRay, but we were concerned about a commercial product called PV-Wave. We agreed to change the abbreviation to POV-Ray and standardize on the spelling.

David Buck

* The Persistence of Memory *

by Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dali y Domenech
A surrealism painting. Contains melted pocket watches, water and eroded land in background. It was about this time that pocket watches were a passing era as the wrist watch became popular, outselling pocket watches beginning 1928.

+ physio-psychological? + This word was no doubt intended to be 'psychological'.

Here is my complete list of URLs written out (not links), some of which are at the Links Page in usual web-linking form. ;Paul Dawson homepage ;snowflakes ; ;usa dem ;usgs data/programs ;global elevation maps ;dem2tga ;space art ;planetary maps ;texture/object functions ;what else! ;pov utility review ; ;spectral dispersion ;spectral dispersion ;motion blur? ;hf object add, texture-level-mapping ;pov links ;pov incs (the pile) ;pov-people ;plants'n'things ;cool? ;digi-art ;form (lparser type thing) ;p-r rendered puzzles ;alpha channel ;spatch ;holography ;povpro (fast p-r executable) ;camera spline-like paths ;mpeg encoder ;human modellor ;images link ;pov benchmark ;universe (space background maker) ;gautam n. lad's website ;another povray oriented link ;the render times ;chris colefax website ; blue moon ray Tracer ;online pov-ray tutorial ;3d models ;3d models ;p-r dedicated ;various links ;starwars models ;castle project ;new shapes ;displayer links ;image converters ;targa averaging ;object builder (net-based) ;trees and more ;cyl-orb hf ;rock maker ;povray utilities ;povray ftp ;hf editor ;wilbur dem ;curve generator ;ttf fonts to dxf ;Win tga averager ;POV texture viewer ;macro-molecular maker ;utility warehouse ;chris young homepage ;more pov links ;3d web ;ray-trace links ;torii slices

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