Archive for the ‘Tools’ Category

RenderMan TextMate bundle

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Doing my first steps with Pixar’s RenderMan I was installing 3delight on my Mac and started playing around with shaders and rib files. To simplify development I created a little bundle for my text editor of choice, TextMate. 3delight comes with the commands shaderdl and renderdl to compile shaders and render rib files.

Using the bundle, all you have to do is press Cmd+R when editing your rib file. The file automatically gets saved and a window pops up showing the status of the renderdl command. Also, the rendered image is displayed. The bundle also supports a slightly better syntax highlighting (based on the C bundle).

Renderman TextMate Bundle


  1. Download the bundle and double-click on the .tmbundle to install
  2. Set the variable DELIGHT In TextMate’s preferences => Advanced => Shell Variables to the path of your 3delight installation, e.g. /Applications/Graphics/3Delight-9.0.84 (You can find this out by typing echo $DELIGHT into Terminal)

Feel free modify, improve, tweak it to your taste. Feedback welcome! N.B.: Your rendered image has to have the extension .tif and has to be named like the the rib file for the preview to work. If you want to use other formats, you can change it directly within the bundle editor.

Download: TextMate RIB bundle

Mac appz #2, web programming edition

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

The second part of this little series about my favorite mac applications is all about web design and development on the Mac. Programs like CSSEdit or Transmit show that there are great tools no other operating system can offer. On the other hand, people switching from Windows or Linux don’t have to abandon the use of XAMPP or Zend Studio, as they are available for Mac too.


Mac appz #1

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

I’m an enthusiastic mac user for a few months now and I discover new, interesting applications every day. Here’s the first part including Quicksilver, Opera and Home Zone. More parts coming soon …


Favicons go 3D

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

aaweblog favicon in 3DFavicon2dots takes a favicon from a given URL, creates a cute 3D icon and stores the icon in a gallery. I like the idea and the icons look pretty cool. Visit the page at

Windows windows on a Mac

Sunday, March 25th, 2007

Since Apple released their Software »Boot Camp«, it is easy to install a Microsoft Windows OS natively on a Mac. This is in fact a very nice feature especially for gamers or people that rely on specified windows programs. But for the latter there is something even better. It’s called »Parallels Desktop for Mac«, it’s beta and free to try.