asc2tga and smooth
|When rendering landscapes from maps with POV-Ray you
often have an elevation matrix stored as an ASCII matrix. asc2tga converts such a file
into a POV readable heightfield in TGA format. smooth can magnify this heightfield using
bicubic interpolation. This ensures you get a smooth surface and you don't have to use POV's
smooth option. A MUST for every POV user.
The picture on the left was rendered with POV from elevation information I gathered from an official map which is used as the texture. asc2tga and smooth are free software under the GPL.