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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Pyvon: independent povray editor. seems to be old, requires python 2.2! I couldn’t run the software due to compatibility with python version.
- QTPov Editor: old project of XPE.
- SciTE: cross platform (source code) editor. pros contains syntax highlight, command auto-complete, embedded terminal. cons contains terminal window does not look like terminal.
- 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.