It’s been a while since I’ve made some fractals. I’ve been wanting to spend some time being creative with them for a few weeks now. On Windows, I love Apophysis and the Flam3 system for generating video’s, so I’m really keen to find something similar on Mac. Running Apophysis and Flam3 through VMWare or Parallels doesn’t seem like the best use of system resources on something that can be very resource intensive. So I’ve been hunting around for native OS X fractal software. So far this is what I’ve found:
- Mandelbulber – Seems like an interesting take on 3D fractals. I’m looking forward to having a play with this one.
- GNU XaoS – Seems to support some interesting fractals and the ability to create animations.
- Fracton – The gallery also has some interesting fractals.
None of the free ones seem to support the Apophyis/Flam3 type of fractals, though they do have some interesting results, I’m going to experiment with them some, I’m particularly interested in Mandelbulber.
- Fractal Domains – $20.00 – Looks like the fractals are pretty decent and lots of variations available. It’s not the Flam3 style of fractals, but they do look decent. There is a trial download available so I might give it a go.
- UltraFractal – $69.00 – The most expensive, it looks like it’s quite comprehensive with the ability to build some amazing fractals. Again though, it’s not the Flam3 style of fractals I’m really looking for.
- FractalWorks – $9.99 – Only available through the App store that I can see, so I probably won’t try this one since there is no trial. The fractals really aren’t what I’m looking for either anyway judging from the galleries.
- Fractal Architect – $23.99 – This one is also only available through the App store, and it does have a cut down version available for $5.99 that can be upgraded to the full version. This is also the only one I’ve found that generates Flam3 type fractals. It also indicates compatibility with Apophysis. So this one definitely looks like it could be the one! I’m reluctant to pay for it without being able to try it out first, but it does have very positive reviews.