By David Barnhardt
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Explore and create amazing Mandelbrot, Julia, and Inverse Mandelbrot fractals using a new coloring algorithm called SAM (the Stripe Average Method) as seen in the screenshots. You can also choose from traditional colorings such as LSM, Smooth LSM, LSM Log, CPM among others.
FractalMaker is really easy to use and very powerful. Just click anywhere in the Fractal Navigator on the right and a new fractal is rendered in the Fractal Previewer on the left using the current gradient and parameters. Click anywhere in the Fractal Previewer to center the fractal at that point. The guides are really useful for precise positioning.
Julia Fractal exploration uses an innovative approach by letting you click on a dynamically zoomable Mandelbrot Fractal, which then renders the parallel Julia Fractal in the Fractal Previewer. This also facilitates a visual understanding of how they are related.
Click the Zoom buttons to increase or decrease the zoom factor in 5x increments or specify a zoom factor in the textfield. The 4 SAM parameters give you a lot of creative flexibility and very small changes can produce radically different results.
There is an excellent Gradient Maker panel to let you create your own custom gradients to fill the exterior of the fractal. Use the Color Picker to choose RGB or HSB colors by colorRing, bar, slider or text entry for any colorstop in the gradient.
When you're satisfied with your fractal you can render it out at a larger size (up to 4096 x 4096 pixels) and more importantly with up to 4x4 supersampled antialiasing for the best results. Since the app is multi-threaded, you can start rendering a fractal to disk, and continue exploring new fractals simultaneously. Remember to store your Fractal Preset by adding it to the Fractal Library so you can retrieve it later.
Mandelbrot, Julia, and Inverse Mandelbrot Fractal types
Export to TIFF or PDF
Gradient from Image
Custom Color Pickers
Color Ring (with automatic complimentary colors)
RGBA and HSB Sliders
RGBA and HSB Gradient Bars
Be sure and download the FractalMaker UserGuide from the app13x.com website.
I encourage you to send feedback or feature requests, or if you have any questions, to
It would be cool if you would rate the app and write a review, and of course tell all your friends about it.
Have fun exploring fractal space.
What's New in Version 1.1
Added Built-in User Guide to the Help Menu.
READ the User Guide. REALLY!
Minor speed enhancements.
Lovely results, primitive UI
The UI is rather crude and not particularly OS X native. Regardless, this app gives great results. You can create wonderful fractal images with minimal effort, and there's quite a bit of flexibility with rendering modes and color gradients.
The included user manual is quite thorough and makes it easy to figure out the somewhat cryptic unlabeled buttons throughout the UI. After generating a few images, it becomes quite easy to navigate around the app.
The app is capable of generating beautiful, absolutely massive resolution images in high quality lossless formats. Keep in mind that especially on complex images and with high AA settings, it will take a good deal of time to render a high res image.
For a mere $1 at the time I purchased it, the simple UI is more than acceptable. I recommend this app for people looking to dip their toes in the world of fractal art.
Great Fractual Creator, especially since update.
An absolutely great price for a simple fractual maker. The UI isn't anything special, but it gets the job done with all the settings one needs, only downside is it might be slightly slow, but on my 2011 MBP speed isn't noticeably slow. For the price it's a great deal for making simple fractuals. Grab it, especially if your a designer on a budget.
Update: Since the most recent update the app seems to function much quicker. Plus the Developer added a User Guide to help users create far more complex fractuals with the app. Great update. Thanks Dev.
Still the best fractual maker on the App Store, especially for the price. The UI is really user friendly and easy to learn as apposed to other apps which seem to be overwhelming. $3 seems like a steal. Totally worth it!
This is a terrific program. It provides you a great library of gradients and you can create yours as well. GREAT program and I spend too much time "playing" so yes… it is worth it!
- Category: Graphics & Design
- Updated: Aug 31, 2011
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 37.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: David Barnhardt
- © David Barnhardt
Compatibility: OS X 10.6 or later, 64-bit processor