>: I have proted Radiance v3.1.2 succesfully to the win32 platform. You should
> Neat. :) So, does it run in console mode, or have you actually given it
> a graphical interface like POV-Ray 3.x?
That's my job :)
I am currently developping a GUI to radiance which will run on NT and
several unix brands. I do depend on lbnl to finish the NT port of the
core radiance engine though, which means that I can't finish it before
next year either (probably first quarter). Unfortunately, although I'm
registered as a beta tester, I haven't heard about the status of the
official port for some time.
Other than you might hope (and I hoped for the last few years), this
GUI will not be freeware. I have invested years of experience with
radiance and GUI programming, as well as hours and hours of actual
implementation efforts into it, so I need to sell it as a commercial
product. The end user price will be moderate though, in relation to
what you can do with it. If you invent me a good name for the package,
you can earn yourself a free copy. :)
The package will be able to run standalone, or coupled with autocad
and maybe another popular CAD package. As with plain radiance, you
can also import geometry data from various sources.
This is the reanimation of the old "autocad to radiance interface
project", which started with torad, ddrad, radout and other tools,
most of which you can still get from my pages. My goal in
implementation is that the finished tool can handle virtually any
set of data that can be rendered with plain radiance, and allows to
use all radiance features from the GUI (well, allmost all...).
The tool will share some features with Desktop Radiance (actually,
they even share some code) but will not be as tightly coupled to
autocad (and therefore Windows) as lbnl plans to implement it.
Unfortunately, it is still to early to go into the details yet,
but the overall strategy between Desktop Radiance and my tool will
be fairly different. They seem to address "Joe average", while
my target audience is more the knoweledgeable lighting designer
or architect, who care about the exact control over the results
of their calculations.
In any case, I'm afraid you'll have to wait another few months,
until you see a radiance release for NT, with or without GUI, which
has some kind of official support coming with it. Of course, you
can allways compile the current unix version with gnu-win32, MKS
or a similar toolkit. I haven't tried this myself, but I think
it should be fairly straightforward.