Linux.com: 3D Rendering SoftwareNov 17, 2000, 21:15 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alex Young)
"The main two rendering programs you'll come across are BMRT (Blue Moon Rendering Tools), and POV Ray. There are, of course, many more such as Lightflow and Radiator. Now, upon visiting the BMRT website you may notice that they make many references to "RenderMan," "radiosity rendering" and "raytracing". Rendering is full of jargon, so I will attempt to explain these terms without going into the mathematics and physics behind them."
"First, the RenderMan interface. In an excellent introduction to RenderMan Joshua Kolden raises the point that RenderMan is not actually a man at all! Joshua goes on to highlight the fact that the RenderMan interface provides a way for advanced three-dimensional modellers to speak with three dimensional renderers. Therefore, RenderMan is an interface through which information about three-dimensional geometry and image attributes can be passed. This interface is designed to be both batch and real time, so we can view scenes quickly for an overview, then set up many machines on a network to render them in detail over a longer period of time."