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'pixie' is a RenderMan like photorealistic renderer. It supports all RenderMan 3.2 primitives as well as:

  • Object instancing / delayed primitives
  • Displacements
  • Programmable shading (RenderMan Shading Language)
  • High quality texture/shadow/environment mapping
  • High dynamic range input/output
  • Raytracing
  • Motion blur
  • Depth of field
  • Reyes style rendering (very fast)
  • Occlusion culling
  • Network parallel rendering
  • DSO shaders
  • Global illumination
  • Photon mapping
  • Irradiance caching
  • Automatically raytraced smooth reflections / shadows


See for a complete list of documentation


Download version 2.2.6 (beta)
released on 20 May 2009


Related Projects


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GPLv2orlaterKelly Hopkins23 June 2009
LGPLv2.1orlaterKelly Hopkins23 June 2009

Leaders and contributors

Kirk Bailey Contributor
Moritz Moeller Contributor
Okan Arikan Maintainer
Bruce Walter Contributor
Gary Oliver Contributor
Jonathan Richard Shewchuck Contributor

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking VCS Repository Webview
Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 30 June 2008.


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