POV-Ray: Editor

Contrast to POV-Ray on Windows, POV-Ray on Linux does not contain GUI*. Just for editing, any editor is fine, however, we’d also like render images while editing. In such sense, we prefer editor with rendering function. There exist several such editors:

  1. Geany: cross platform (source code)  editor. pros contains window split, terminal available, multiple lines editing. cons contains no official plug-in for POV-Ray, meaning that no syntax highlight and no command auto-complete, no rendering window.
  2. PovClipse: eclipse plug-in. almost of cons are due to my poor knowledge on eclipse. pros contains rendering windows, syntax highlight. cons contains no command auto-complete, a little bit complicated directory structure plus additional files for project management.
  3. XPE( neXtgen Pov-ray Editor): independent povray editor for both windows/linux. no update for these 3 years. pros contains window for command options, for +W800 +H600, syntax highlight. cons contains no rendering windows, no command auto-complete.
  4. Pyvon: independent povray editor. seems to be old, requires python 2.2! I couldn’t run the software due to compatibility with python version.
  5. QTPov Editor: old project of XPE.
  6. SciTE: cross platform (source code) editor. pros contains syntax highlight, command auto-complete, embedded terminal. cons contains terminal window does not look like terminal.
  7. Kate: text editor by KDE. pros contains syntax highlight, command auto-complete, embedded terminal, cd to a directory, in which active file is located. cons syntax has less variety on color .

* Here, GUI means editor with rendering function not modeler.

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