bv - a BRDF browser

by Szymon Rusinkiewicz

bv is an interactive browser for BRDFs. It includes several viewers (including goniometric and lit-sphere views), and many analytic and empirical BRDFs.

Included BRDFs

Color still isn't supported. (Sorry!)


The latest public version of bv is 1.2p, released March, 1998.

Changes since version 1.1p:

Changes since version 1.0p:

bv was originally written for CS348C, Winter 1997 by Szymon Rusinkiewicz. Since then, it has been extended mostly for private use. The first public release was made in September, 1997.


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Binary versions of bv are available for the following platforms: All binaries are linked statically against xforms 0.88 and GLUT 3.6. The Linux binary is linked statically with Mesa.

Source is available here. To compile, you will need:

Please let me know if you compile bv on any other platforms.

Note: all use of either the source or binary versions is subject to the following terms:

Copyright © 1997-1998 The Board of Trustees of The Leland Stanford Junior University. All Rights Reserved.

Permission to use this software for educational and research purposes is hereby granted without fee. All other rights, including the rights to distribute, modify, or sell the software, are explicitly reserved by the author. Please contact the author if you wish to make any modifications or additions to the software.

This software is provided "as is" and without warranty of any kind, express, implied or otherwise, including without limitation, any warranty of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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Last update: 25-Jan-2001 18:29:58 CST