Fractal Generator Software

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Freeware Fractal Generator Software

There are many free fractal generators out there and we will be showcasing the top rated programs available. The free fractal generators we have found range from DOS based applications to Unix based programs. Many free fractal software programs are usually good for one aspect or another of generating fractals and some can be used in conjunction with others. Fractint for example can generate fractals and formulas that can then be used in other fractal applications. Make sure to check out all of the great free fractal software we have found around the internet. You can easily search for them on Google and find the download.

Software Title OS Compatiblity Description
FractInt Windows & Linux FractInt is the most popular and probably most respected out of all of the IBM Compatible based fractal generators and fractal software programs available. It is also used in many high schools, colleges, and universities to teach the fundamentals of fractals. It is speculated that FractInt is one of the oldest active and supported software projects to date.
Gnofract 4D Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OSX Gnofract 4D is a newer breed of free fractal generator software, as it has a nice polished UI, is very fast using multithreading technology, and is open source. Windows users, don't fret, you can still use Gnofract 4D if you setup a virtual OS using Virtual Box or another virtualization program.
Fractal Explorer Windows Fractal Explorer is one of the few freeware programs that allows AVI fractal zoom movies to be created. It also has many formulas and variations of the most well known fractal sets. As a bonus, it includes variations of Iterated Function Systems (IFS) and 3D Strange Attractors.
Chaoscope Windows & Linux A 3D strange attractors program capable of rendering FractInt MAP files. Chaoscope now has 11 different attractors along with 5 different rendering methods available.
Fractalus Windows Fractalus also allows for fractal zoom movie creation and also has a slideshow feature. It is another one of the high resolution fractal generators available.
Tiera-Zon Windows Another one of the more popular fractal software generators available, Tiera-Zon was created to bring fractals to life in 24-bit true color. This software was written by Stephen C. Ferguson in C++ and is therefore only available for the Windows OS.
ChaosPro Windows ChaosPro is another 24-bit masterpiece. This program allows you to create 3D renderings of fractals and allows files from both FractInt and Ultrafractal. It is a great tool to have when you combine them all together.
GIMP Windows, UNIX/Linux The GNU Image Manipulation Program not only is a great image editing tool, but it doubles as a fractal generator with certain plugins that are available. You can create many of the most popular sets along with some strange attractors.
Apophysis Windows Apophysis is a windows application made in delphi for creating, editing and rendering fractal flames. Fractal flame is an extension on the IFS fractal.
Kalles Fraktaler 2 Windows Kalles Fraktaler 2 makes it's mark on the fractal software scene with faster zoom rendering capabilities at deeper zoom levels. The Kallas Fraktaler website says up to 100 times faster, which is impressive.

 

Check out some of the other great fractal software and 3D attractor software that Paul Lee has put together on his website. It is a great list of the best programs for designing fractals and other geometric equations.

Commercial Fractal Generator Software

There are also several great fractal generator applications that cost money. Usually these programs allow much more functionality and may include updated formulas and features. Many of the commercial fractal generators have cool features like the ability to create zoom movies or add effects and filters to your fractal design. Others allow you to export PSD files for use in Photoshop and other image editing programs like GIMP. This opens up the design for more customization but diverts from the beauty of the original fractal usually. By far the most impressive feature of the commercial generators is the ability to create zoom movies. These movies are an intense look into the heart of a fractal by zooming in and capturing the frames as you go. Fair warning that these files can become very large as you zoom further. I saw a zoom movie once that was over 1 hour long which must have taken up a considerable amount of hard drive space at the time it was produced. Check out some of the great commercial fractal software that is available today.

Ultra Fractal - Currently the top commercial fractal generator, Ultra Fractal is in it's 5th version, and has lots of cool features and templates to get you started on making some awesome fractals.

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