Skewray is a standalone program for modeling and design of optical systems. The intent is to create a platform for trying out innovations in optical raytracing.
The target users are scientists, optical engineers, and students who are comfortable using a high-level programming language (like MATLAB).
If you are looking for computer graphics rendering, this isn't it.
The following are some of the milestones, either implemented or planned:
|open source pre-existing code under GPL 3||done|
|create high-level language for describing physical models||done|
|internationalization - native language variable names and comments||done|
|arbitrary coordinate systems and transformations||done|
|arbitrary polynomial surfaces||done|
|sequential and non-sequential ray tracing||in progress|
|tracing with guaranteed tolerance||in progress|
|tracking of all apertures||not started|
|requirement satisfaction, rather than optimization||not started|
A detailed description of the roadmap can be found in the roadmap.
Manual and Examples
The Skewray User Manual is informative but not necessarily up to date, since the language syntax is still changing. However, the .sky test files in Skewray Test Files are educational and always up to date.
Installation and Build
Skewray has so far only been built and tested on Ubuntu and Debian. Steps are:
- Unpack zip archive
- type 'make configure'
- type 'make'
The use of AutoTools is a work in progress.
Required external package list:
- g++ - compiler
- make - build system
- flex - lexical analyzer
- bison - syntax generator
Optional external package list:
- openscad - CAD output