Ok, time for something different now, I want to mention this great Fractal Generator Software I’ve been playing around with for a while now, called Fraqtive. This is the best Open Source fractal generator that I’ve used, and the great thing is that there is native versions for Mac Os X, Linux and Windows, so it works full speed on all three major platforms.
It uses the QT toolkit for cross platform support. Too bad the listed version on the Fraqtive download page for Mac Os X is version 0.4.3 as I type this, and the newest release is 0.4.5 which adds support for exporting high resolution images, which is the feature I really wanted. So I had to compile a new version myself. Luckily, it was all pretty easy once I figured it out, for Mac OS X you just need to have the development tools installed (Xcode) and then download and install the QT SDK. I’m writing this on Snow Leopard, and have no idea if this works on any other release, but it should.
After this, you can open the fraqtive.pro QT project file in QT Creator, select the Build type from Debug to Release from the bottom left build selector, run Build All and wait for it to compile. Now you can find the finished build in /private/tmp/fraqtive-build-desktop/release/fraqtive.app. Just copy this directory to /Applications and it should work.
This build is now dynamically linked, so if you want to copy it to another machine, you have to install the corresponding QT libraries also. I tried to look at how to build a static version of the QT libraries, but this seemed like a task too complicated for now, and anyway, I need the QT SDK so might as well go with the dynamically linked, as it works faster and takes much less space (~700k vs ~5 mb).
Anyway, here’s a screenshot of the program:
I really like the custom palette generator that allows easy palette manipulations to create some nice effects on the fractals:
One nice feature is also the option to save the position and palette independently, so you can apply different palettes to the same image to create different results:
Just wanted to share this great program with you. Also, I made some cool high resolution widescreen fractal wallpapers, check them out :)