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Before downloading EQUINOX-3D, please see the licensing page and please, like the EQUINOX-3D Facebook page.

Manual with clickable table of contents, and quick-reference guide. Both in PDF format:

Linux (x86 64 bit) - Download: EQUINOX-3D v0.9.7.23, Linux
v0.9.8 preview version (.dae load/save temporarily disabled due to a bug + a couple more minor bugs. Still in progress...): EQUINOX-3D v0.9.8, Linux

Just extract the file: right-click->Extract (in KDE), or in a shell, type:

 tar xzvf equinox3d-0.9.7*.tgz
The main executable will be "eqx" in the newly created directory. You can run that from a shell, or create an icon for it in KDE/Gnome, using the image "eqx.png".
Important note
Please, install the proper graphics driver for your system. The one provided by the manufacturer of your graphics hardware (NVidia or AMD).
The default driver on most Linux systems (Mesa) does not support proper 3D graphics!
You will be missing out on the advanced features of EQUINOX-3D, or it might not work correctly at all!

Mac OS-X (Intel-based Macs)
Coming soon!
Please check back in a week or so!

To download the example files, save the link below (in Netscape: Shift+left mouse button, or right mouse button->"Save As...")

You can install the examples anywhere by typing:
 tar xzvf equinox-3d.examples.tgz
Way better example scenes coming soon!

To download the program, save the link appropriate for your operating system:
The package contains the following:
  • Main executeable
  • Plugins
  • Most of the source code

As of version 0.9.0, EQUINOX-3D is "installation-free" on all operating systems.
All you need to do is extract the downloaded file and you're ready to run EQUINOX-3D.
It's clean and self-contained. No files all over your system.

IRIX - Download: EQUINOX-3D v0.7.45, SGI IRIX 6.5 MIPS4 (CPU>=R5000)

Type the following (replace "package_name" with the name of the of the file you downloaded):

 gunzip package_name
This will create a new file with a ".tar" extension, which now you can unpack with:
 tar xvf name_of_this_new_file
The main executable will be "bin/eq" in the newly created directory.

System requirements to run EQUINOX-3D:

  • At least a 1 GHz P4, Athlon or equivalent (you didn't expect the interactive ray-tracer to be usable on an i386, right? :)).

  • Minimum screen resolution: 1152x864 (1280x1024, 1600x1200 or higher recommended).

  • OpenGL needs to be installed ("" and "" must be accessible).
    While EQUINOX-3D will run with Mesa, Hardware 3D-acceleration is strongly recommended.
    EQUINOX-3D has been mostly tested on nVidia cards (GeForce2, 3 and 4, FX etc.).
    If you're running it successfully on other 3D cards, I'd be happy to hear from you.

  • A 3-button mouse

  • On Mac OS-X, you'll need an X-server (X11) installed.

To be able to compile the plugins, you also need the header files for OpenGL and X11.

You can find a rough sketch of the plugin API on the Help page (it's a work in progress). You can also use the provided plugin source code as template.
The source code with the Makefile for the plugins will be in the "src/Plugins" directory.
To add a new plugin, just edit the file: "Plugins/Plugins.list". It's a simple text file and really easy to understand.

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