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High Quality Renderer

Participant : Cyril Soler [contact] .

In the context of the European project RealReflect, the Maverick team has developed the HQR software based on the photon mapping method which is capable of solving the light balance equation and of giving a high quality solution. Through a graphical user interface, it reads X3D scenes using the X3DToolKit package developed at Maverick, it allows the user to tune several parameters, computes photon maps, and reconstructs information to obtain a high quality solution. HQR also accepts plugins which considerably eases the developpement of new algorithms for global illumination, those benefiting from the existing algorithms for handling materials, geometry and light sources. HQR is freely available for download at http://artis.imag.fr/~Cyril.Soler/HQR .