Fractal software

Q22: Where can I obtain software packages to generate fractals?
For X windows:
    xmntns and xlmntn: these generate fractal mountains.  They can be obtained
        from ftp:
    xfroot: generates a fractal root window.
    xmartin: generates a Martin hopalong root window.
    xmandel: generates Mandelbrot/Julia sets.
    xfroot, xmartin, xmandel are part of the X11 distribution.
    lyap: generates Lyapunov exponent images.  Ftp from: .
    spider: Uses Thurston's algorithm for computing postcritically finite
        polynomials, draws Mandelbrot and Julia sets using the Koebe
        algorithm, and draws Julia set external angles.  Ftp from: .
    xfractal: fractal drawing program.  Ftp from: clio.rz.uni- [].

Distributed X systems:
    MandelSpawn: computes Mandelbrot/Julia sets on a network of machines.  Ftp
        from: [] or [] in mandelspawn-
    gnumandel: computes Mandelbrot images on a network.  Ftp from: [].

For SunView:
    Mandtool: A Mandelbrot computing program.  Ftp from: ; code is in M_TAR.Z .

For Unix/C:
    lsys: generates L-systems as PostScript or other textual output. No
        graphical interface at present. (in C++) Ftp from: .
    lyapunov: generates PGM Lyapunov exponent images.  Ftp from: .  SPD: contains
        generators for fractal mountain, tree, recursive tetrahedron.  Ftp
        from: [].
    Fractal Studio: Mandelbrot set program; handles distributed computing.
        Ftp from

For Mac:
    fractal, L-System, 3DL-System, IFS, FracHill are available from
    fractal-wizard-15.hqx, julias-dream-107.hqx, mandel-net.hqx, mandel-zot-
        304.hqx, and mandella-70.hqx are available by ftp: .
    mandel-tv: a very fast Mandelbrot generator.  Ftp from: [].
    There are also commercial programs, such as IFS Explorer and Fractal Clip
    Art, which are published by Koyn Software (314) 878-9125.

For NeXT:
    Lyapunov: generates Lyapunov exponent images.  Ftp from: .

    DEEPZOOM: a high-precision Mandelbrot program for displaying highly zoomed
        fractals.  Obtain from .
    Fractal WitchCraft: a very fast fractal design program.  Ftp from: [].
    CAL: generates more than 15 types of fractals including Mandelbrot,
        Lyapunov, IFS, user-defined formulas, logistic equation, and
        quaternion julia sets.  Ftp from:
        [] (or any other Simtel mirror) in
    Fractal Discovery Laboratory: designed for use in a science museum or
        school setting.  The Lab has five sections: Art Gallery ( 72 images --
        Mandelbrots, Julias, Lyapunovs), Microscope ( 85 images -- Biomorph,
        Mandelbrot, Lyapunov, ...), Movies (165 images, 6 "movies":
        Mandelbrot Evolution, Splitting a Mini-Mandelbrot, Fractal UFO, ...),
        Tools (Gingerbreadman, Lorentz Equations, Fractal Ferns, von Koch
        Snowflake, Sierpinski Gasket), and Library (Dictionary, Books and
        Articles).  Sampler available from Compuserver GRAPHDEV Lib 4 in
        DISCOV.ZIP, or send high-density disk and self-addressed, stamped
        envelope to: Earl F. Glynn, 10808 West 105th Street, Overland Park,
        Kansas 66214-3057.
    WL-Plot: plots functions including bifurcations and recursive relations.
        Ftp from in
    There are many fractal programs available from []: Displays orbits of Mandelbrot mapping. C/E/VGA
            fract30.arc: Mandelbrot/Julia set 2D/3D EGA/VGA Fractal Gen
   Create Fractal flythroughs with FRACTINT
   Program to visually design IFS fractals
   FRACTINT v18.1 EGA/VGA/XGA fractal generator
   C & ASM src for FRACTINT v18.1 fractal gen.
   Fractal drawing program: 15 formulae available
   800x600x256 demo images for FRCAL030.ZIP

For Windows:  This program explores Newton's method, Mandelbrot set, and
        Julia sets.  Ftp from .

For Amiga: (all entries marked "ff###" are .lzh files in the Fish Disk set
    available at and other sites)
    General Mandelbrot generators with many features: Mandelbrot (ff030),
        Mandel (ff218), Mandelbrot (ff239), TurboMandel (ff302), MandelBltiz
        (ff387), SMan (ff447), MandelMountains (ff383, in 3-D), MandelPAUG
        (ff452, MandFXP movies), MandAnim (ff461, anims),  ApfelKiste (ff566,
        very fast), MandelSquare (ff588, anims)
    Mandelbrot and Julia sets generators: MandelVroom (ff215), Fractals
        (ff371, also Newton-R and other sets)
    With different algorithmic approaches (shown): FastGro (ff188, DLA),
        IceFrac (ff303, DLA), DEM (ff303, DEM), CPM (ff303, CPM in 3-D),
        FractalLab (ff391, any equation)
    Iterated Function System generators (make ferns, etc): FracGen (ff188,
        uses "seeds"), FCS (ff465), IFSgen (ff554), IFSLab (ff696, "Collage
    Unique fractal types: Cloud (ff216, cloud surfaces), Fractal (ff052,
        terrain), IMandelVroom (strange attractor contours?), Landscape
        (ff554, scenery), Scenery (ff155, scenery), Plasma (ff573, plasma
    Fractal generators: PolyFractals (ff015), FFEX (ff549)
    Lyapunov fractals: Ftp from:
    Commercial packages: Fractal Pro 5.0, Scenery Animator 2.0, Vista
        Professional, Fractuality (reviewed in April '93 Amiga User
    MathVISION 2.4.  Generates Julia, Mandelbrot, and others.  Includes
        software for image processing, complex arithmetic, data display,
        general equation evaluation.  Available for $223 from Seven Seas
        Software, Box 1451, Port Townsend WA 98368.

Software for computing fractal dimension:
    Fractal Dimension Calculator is a Macintosh program which uses the box-
        counting method to compute the fractal dimension of planar graphical
        objects.  Ftp from: .
    FD3: estimates capacity, information, and correlation dimension from a
        list of points.  It computes log cell sizes, counts, log counts, log
        of Shannon statistics based on counts, log of correlations based on
        counts, two-point estimates of the dimensions at all scales examined,
        and over-all least-square estimates of the dimensions.  Ftp from: [].  Also look in for an enhanced Grassberger-Procaccia
        algorithm for correlation dimension.  A MS-DOS version of FP3 is
        available by request to
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