Mandelbrot Explorer ~ v3.4
author: J. R. Oakley
Mandelbrot Explorer is a simple tool to explore the Mandelbrot set. The module to create the images and modify their parameters is quite simple, since it comes with only a few options. As such, it won’t let you create stunning artistic pictures, but more likely pure fractal examples. Maybe it’s because I’m not too familiar with the program (and I didn’t read the documentation), but I didn’t like the tool to edit the color palettes (actually I didn’t like it at all). Otherwise, it’s a nice generator.
Last revision: December 2016
Mandelbrot on Cocoa ~ v3.52
OS: MacOS X
Mandelbrot on Cocoa is a simple fractal program to generate Mandelbrot-related fractals. It is easy to use, but it’s also too simple. It is more like an exploration tool, since it lacks the filters and algorithmic routines on most of today’s generators. You can zoom and unzoom at will, and images can be saved at the window resolution, so if you want a larger picture, just drag the window border until it is as big as you like, then save your pic in PNG format. (Universal binary).
Last revision: 1 January 2006.
Mandelbrot Root Explorer ~ v1.04
author: Junichi Sato
To quote its author, this program solves “Mandelbrot equation. Roots can be calculated, so many images can be made automatically. And classifications of Mandelbrot images are possible”. Users can modified most of the image’s parameters, and create zoom movies. Images can be saved as BMP or JPG files. It’s one of my favorite tools for Mandelbrot set exploration at the moment. Source code available.
Last revision: 5 March 2000.
ManpWin ~ v3.02 beta
author: Paul de Leeuw
Another Windows version of FractInt. It’s an eternal work in progress, but unlike the previous WinFract, this one is a 32-bit application with true color and animation support. Images can be saved as PNG files. FractInt color maps and parameters files seems to be compatible with this program.
Last revision: 21 November 2014.
Neptune & Triton ∼ v1.1.0
author: Mark R. Eggleston
Neptune can render critical point fractal images. As described by the developer: “Fractals of the Mandelbrot sort have critical points which can be used as the initial value of each location calculated using the Mandelbrot algorithm, if a value that is not a critical point is used the resulting image is distorted and often looks like it has had chunks bitten out of it such fractals is [sic] called perturbed. The Mandelbrot itself only has one critical point which is zero. The pictures produced using different critical points mostly different from each other, there can be fwer [sic] pictures produced than there are critical points, sometimes all the critical points produce the same picture. Multiple critical point fractals are produced by combining all the different pictures together in one image.” Neptune can save images, called seeds, as PNG files. Then, you can import the seeds in Triton to create and save images of an even larger size. I don’t know why these two programs aren’t integrated in a single unit, but that’s the way they work (both applications come in one package and install automatically). I do like the fact that all image’s parameters are easy to access from a secondary window, that you can open alongside the image window and keep real-time track of changes, a nice thing to learn what each variable can do. Extensive documentation available as a PDF file from the parent website.
Last revision: 21 April 2014.
PowerFrac ~ v1.0 b5
author: Peter Pawlowski
Although PowerFrac is smaller than GF4 (the other great fractal generator from this same author), it is almost a beef up version of its sibling. It can do almost the same calculations, plus also include several improvements. As an example, you can directly modified the generation algorithm for each picture. Parameter files can be saved, and pictures exported to BMP, PNG, RLE, JPG format, greyscale, or even set as wallpapers directly. It includes a real-time fractal renderer (FractSaver3) and some extra Winamp plug-ins (not sure if those work anymore, especially since Winamp ceased to exist in 2013). Although its author stopped working on this project several years ago, the software was available here for direct download until 2007 (with the authors permission). It still runs on Windows 10 pretty well (see the new screenshot above as evidence), but since I haven’t used it extensively as to be 100% sure it doesn’t cause any trouble, I won’t be offering direct download for the time being.
Last revision: 2 July 2001.
QFractalNow ∼ v0.8.1
author: Marc Pegon
QFractalNow is a neat fractal generator that is quite fast in rendering complex pictures. It doesn’t come with a lot of fractal formulas or other special algorithms to add a thousand effects, but does its job pretty well. What I find quite efficient is the automatic anti-aliasing applied when exporting pictures; I think it does a better job than most fractal generators. I usually render images 3-5 times larger than I actually need, and then downsample in a graphics editor for anti-aliasing because the result is always better; not needed with this one. Props on that.
Last revision: 5 December 2016
Qtrnion ~ v0.03
author: Stephen C. Ferguson
QTrnion uses Open-GL to plot Mandelbrot-based quaternion fractals and surface maps. Images can be saved as BMP files only. Zip file includes source code. I never used it extensively, so I can’t comment on how it works in detail.
Last revision: 7 September 1999.
Quat ~ v1.20
OS: Win3.1/9x/Me/NT/XP/DOS & Linux
author: Dirk Meyer
Quat can calculate three-dimensional fractal objects. To color the images it uses mathematical formulas with up to 50 colors or color ranges. Images are saved in true color mode.
Last revision: 2002.
Quintessential Sophistry Flame Fractals
author: Michael Sargent
Flame will generate attractors that model those created by Scott Draves with KTP5 FraxFlame, which he describes as “cosmic recursive fractal flames.” It is intended to use 24 or 32 bit true color graphics modes. It will render images in up to 1600 x 1200 resolution, and save them as GIF or TARGA files. The parameter sets can also be saved as 811-byte PRM files to allow re-rendering at a later time, but won’t save the color map information (so take note). Flame uses FractInt compatible MAP files to color its images.
Last revision: May 1999.
Quintessential Sophistry SymXaos
author: Michael Sargent
SymXaos will also generate attractors similar to those described by Michael Field and Martin Golubitsky in SYMMETRY IN CHAOS (Oxford University Press, 1992). It is intended to use 24 or 32 bit true color graphics modes. It will render images in up to 1600 x 1200 resolution, and save them as GIF files that contain the parameter files as with FractInt. It also uses FractInt-compatible MAP files to color its images.
Last revision: January 1997.
Quintessential Sophistry Win95 Fractals
author: Michael Sargent
This is a good fractal generator that can also work in as low as 256 color mode (a relic from the distant past). Image’s aspect ratios can be easily alter, so be careful when working on them. All of Sargent’s fractal generators were developed for Windows 95, but still run quite well on Windows 10.
Last revision: 1997.