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Visions of Chaos

I’ve discovered this new (not so new it seems as it’s already in version 40 or something) fractal software a couple days ago called Visions of Chaos, and was having some good fun with it mostly with its simulations and the “genetic” mutations. Until I installed another trial copy in a PC with Windows 7 which is kind of my “main fractal workstation”. And it’s crashing like crazy, without any possible fix so far. Even setting it to work in compatibility mode doesn’t work. I guess it’s something about the 64-bit stuff, not sure yet. But it’s a pity, a very interesting software with such annoying bug(s). I was even considering registering it in the future although it’s a bit expensive mostly in the updates, 25% of the price of a new version just for a single update… and considering it’s in version 40 do the math and see how many upgrades existed so far. No thanks.

Edit: I’ve made it work with Windows 7. I had to uninstall the previous installation, then reinstall it in a different folder other than the (default) Program Files\Visions of Chaos folder. When the software asks you in what folder it should be installed, just remove the “Program Files” or the “Program Files (x386)” part of the install path and let it be installed at C:\Visions of Chaos instead (or any other custom folder you wish), this should work. It now doesn’t crash immediately after starting, but it still crashes quite often mostly while using the Genetics options. Annoying, but at least it’s working in Windows 7 pretty much the same way as it works in the Vista. If it wasn’t for all these crashes, it could be a very nice fractal software. Considering it’s in version 40, there shouldn’t be that many crashes like that. I guess.

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Amazing (mass-produced!) collection of fractal art

Pretty isn’t it? But guess what was my involvement in all this? A few clicks. To be precise, just 3. One to open Apophysis, other in the menu to select “Scripts”, and the last one to select a script. (OK,  there was another one, to run the script, it’s 4 clicks actually, sorry!). There were a few more clicks required to render the images, but these aren’t related to the actual creation of the images. And these images look quite similar not only to each other but to most of these so-popular “amazing-whatever” batches of fractal “art” spread all over the internet. So sad.

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OK, let’s try this Mandelbulb 3D a little more seriously.

It doesn’t seem that slow, not in a quadcore with 4Gb of RAM. And it seems a bit of fun, more or less like making some random “caves” in Bryce and exploring the different parts of it. I just did a quick test, using basically the default settings (but the parameters and formula), and here it goes:

Gold city Mandelbulb

Gold City

Right-click and choose “view image” or something similar according to your browser and it will open in its original size where you can see (some) of the details. I did a bigger render, but it’s uploaded in 1024 x 768.

I didn’t even bother to zoom in and explore all these details or else I’d be stuck in this city for days. Somehow it reminds me of Amsterdam or at least this is how I imagine it to be if it was a fractal.

I don’t plan to make too many of these images right now (why not have a look at my other images if you happened to find this post just because you were searching for Mandelbulbs?), it’s sort of a brand new kind of fractal and there aren’t even decent tutorials for Mandelbulbs so far so I am a bit stuck although I can make some basic images already like this one displayed above. I haven’t found any tutorials, at least. It’s fun to play with this but it’s hard to make something useful without much guides of what can or should be done to get useful results and not get lost waiting for a useless render and I’m not very fond of exploring this beast using a trial and error method right now, anyone that ever tried a fractal software using this method probably got seriously frustrated at some point.

If you want to download the Mandelbulb generator, I found it in the Fractal Forum, here’s the link to the page where you can download it.

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To be or not to be…

… in the latest fractal trend?

It seems that the new thing is the Mandelbulb. There are some nice images, I might try it sometime (and I already have some ideas on where to go if I ever try it), if it’s nothing too complex and for mathematicians only (a.k.a. boring). Some of these fractal softwares are too time consuming before you can do anything useful – artistically – with them and I’m not willing to spend a lot of time (re)learning how to use it neither I want to use it just doing random renders like most Apophysis users/”artists” do.

I was never much a fan of these quaternion images, but now the details in this new kind of image are interesting.

Update: no, I’m not impressed. Maybe in the future. I’d never replace my Fractint for that.

Update 2: Well, Mandelbulb 3D seems better. Easier to use, slow as fuck but way more interesting.

Update 3: When I said “better” I mean that it’s better than the other Mandelbulb software I had tested, but it’s still nothing special and I’m not really interested. Unfortunately, a lot of visitors of this site are looking for Mandelbulbs. I won’t surrender.

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Fractint and the new Windows versions

I was very disappointed when one of my favourite fractal generators, Fractint, was not behaving nicely after I moved to Windows XP. No matter what I did, it refused to work. It sometimes barely worked in very low resolutions or something, but it used to lock up not too much after a few things were done.

After some Google searches (I’m not even sure if Google was so good in helping fixing things back then) I learned that it was because mostly of the lack of support for VESA graphic drivers starting with XP. What could I do? Nothing, or else try to use it with these low resolutions or these odd IBM presets (that somehow didn’t use the VESA I think, some of the presets at least) or the mysterious and unpredictable “render to disk” feature of Fractint.

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