Fractal Architect 2
Current Version: 2.4.5
Last Updated: 3 years ago
Download Size: 30.7 MB - Download
“Come with me as we explore the magic of Flame fractals. Whither they come no one knows, yet in your hands is a tool of great power. Cast it forth and may your world be populated with wonderful images.”
What are Flame fractals? (See http://fractalarchitect.net)
Images of great beauty, endless unique textures, video animation material.
Two paths for creating fractals:
◆ Random, yet with Control --- Random fractals can be further tweaked and improved in the Variants creator.
◆ Traditional Triangle Transform Editing with Total Control
Fractal Architect (OpenCL GPU on Mac Lion) unleashes the power of the GPU onto fractal rendering, providing 4X faster rendering than the last release.
Art should be fun and Fractal Architect has lots of different tools to play with:
◆ Random generation - easy starting point for creating new fractals - lots of Creative control
◆ Preview Home Base - point of departure to other editors - adjust the fractal orientation, position, aspect ratio
◆ Variants creator - wow so fast and so unpredictable - create random color, transform, matrix, final transform, and symmetry variations
◆ Traditional Triangle (Transform) Editor - Hint: check out its Quick-Spin interpolation & video clip animation features
◆ Color Gradient Editor - which colors makes your fractal come alive?
◆ Cross Breeder - want to create fractal babies? What will you get by breeding two different fractals?
◆ Keyframes - create collections of your favorite fractals or use them to create video animations - easy assembly of keyframe collections by drag & drop
◆ PDF Folios - create Folios showing all the keyframes in a file
◆ Video Animation - create looping/morphing video animation from multiple keyframes - create video clips by animating fractal parameters in the Triangle editor & Cross Breeder
◆ Finder support - automatic fractal file thumbnails - Finder thumbnails can also be interactive Folios or Movies too
◆ Finder Quicklook - Quicklook can show either a single large image, a PDF Folio, or a Video animation for a fractal file
◆ Thumbnail Grids - ultra flexible -resizable - Quicklook support- see Variants of any thumbnail- see XML text view - full drag & drop - copy/paste
◆ Thumbnail Stash - keep the best images of the session in the stash - one click to create a fractal collection from the Stash
◆ Best keyframes management, archival, and video animation production in the business
◆ Create long looping/morphing video animations from keyframe collections (similar to Electric Sheep screensaver)
◆ PDF Folio creation from keyframe collections.
◆ New File format (.fa) - holds not just the fractal , but choice of pre-rendered large image, PDF Folio, or Quicktime movie
◆ Vastly Improved Finder Quicklook support - it can show either a large image, a PDF Folio, or a Quicktime Movie
State of the Art Rendering -------------------------------
◆ GPU Accelerated Rendering - OpenCL rendering on either CPU or GPU (some restrictions apply)
◆ Flam4CUDA rendering engine for OpenCL - supports all Flam3 variations
◆ Render to PNG, JPEG, TIFF, JPEG 2000, BMP, or EXR image file formats
◆ Incremental Rendering option allowing you to add extra quality to image renders
◆ Rendering state can be saved to a file, so you can pause & resume at any time.
◆ Repeatable (tweak-able) fast render post-processing to get the very best images you can
◆ Histogram view - helps you see diagnose hard-to-render fractals
◆ State of the Art seamless tiling makes it possible to create giant images
◆ Render Direct to Video as well as Image File Batch Rendering support
Electric Sheep and Apophysis compatible (pre 7-X). Export for Apophysis.
Complete user documentation (150+ pages with many tutorials).
Fractal Serendipity is a modularized, "a la carte" alternative to this app (also sold on the Mac App Store).
1)Largest size for thumbnails in thumbnail grids now much larger
2)Improved video quality - optimal video bitrate for Youtube and Youtube HD
Bug Fixes ====
1)Hot fix for OS X 10.9.1 & Intel Iris Graphics GPU's
2)Fixed video quality issue under OS X 10.9
3)Duplicated keyframes are now shown correctly
4)When rendering to video, frame size of 940X540 got rendered to 640X480 - fixed
5)Changing Render to File's width or height now works correctly when Aspect Ratio is locked
6)Render to Video’s render range narrowing fixed
7)Fixed crash that could happen after closing variant’s window
8)Fixed Make Movies from Image Files for Mavericks and Mountain Lion
Most Helpful Reviews
Phenomenal app. Extremely fun. - I've had this app for around four hours and have already created two retina-quality wallpapers with it. I have some experience with fractal software, and I'd say that this is probably not for beginners who are impatient or in a hurry to produce something really awesome. Give yourself some time to get used to the interface, understand how to customize fractals and export them (you have to give your computer time to render them, similar to the way 3D software works). If you are a graphic artist with a bit of technical inclination, this app is going to make a phenomenal addition to your toolkit. If you also own software that does e.g. fake depth of field blur, I recommend giving those effects a try on your rendered images, too. I would like to encourage the developer to enhance the quality of the icons used in this app. They really undersell its potential, IMO. Also some conventions are ignored; for example the zoom icon does not look like any zoom icon I'm used to seeing, and it just makes it a bit harder to work with. If you are interested in fractals I think this is currently the best value in Mac fractal software. Thanks to the developer for all of the work they are putting into such a cool app.
Piece of crap - After downloading this app and it failing to open multiple times, I read on a support blog that it "hangs up" if you are using OS10.7.4 or 10.7.5. Hang up? It won't open even though the product information says it works on 10.6 or better. Apple needs to test app store submittals better to assure consumers they actually perform. Otherwise users have no guarantee of anything being functional. If an app is for sale, it should be functional at purchase.