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Hi guys, a slightly late journal update here ^^;

There's quite a lot of stuff to go over, things have been extremely busy... Chaotica development is really picking up speed, and there's a brand new Facebook page to follow for news and announcements - your "Like" would be greatly appreciated!

Chaotica fractal art competition results


The first Chaotica fractal art competition was a Great Success! :icongreatsuccessplz:

There were over 50 entries (!!) for this competition, and deciding the winners was not easy at all! You can read more about the results and see the winning images on the forum here: chaoticafractals.com/forum/vie…

Introduction video


The mighty kokolores123 has made an awesome introduction video for Chaotica, check it out!



Big thanks to him and the featured artists: lindelokse, FarDareisMai, zy0rg, SaTaNiA, guagapunyaimel, SuicideBySafetyPin, depaz, Zueuk, Platinus, Jeddaka, tatasz

Indigo 3.6 release and sale


Last but not least, we've just announced the Indigo 3.6 release! These stable version releases come with attendant sales specials of 25% to 33% off, and the Indigo RT version is particularly cheap at 99 Euro - very close to Chaotica Studio's 80 Euro price.

Any Indigo licence is valid for Chaotica, meaning you can get both a super high-end 3D renderer and a Chaotica Studio licence with the same purchase!

Upcoming features and improvements


Lately I've been working really hard on Chaotica's animation support, and the first results are extremely promising! Fully correct, very high quality motion blur is supported with very little performance impact if any; I believe this is a first for fractal rendering software, which often struggles to render even still images correctly :giggle: Expect some test animations and more news about this really soon.

A much-needed UI update is also in the works, along with all the improvements already made. I'm not sure how to number the next release, since there is so much new stuff in there! :faint:

Anyway, this journal is pretty long already and there's still much to come, so I'll end this here :) Keep an eye out for news on the chaoticafractals deviantArt group, and if you'd like to chat about anything please feel free to join the #Aposhack chat channel! :ahoy:

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thomas ludwig
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i'm a graphics programmer, aspiring artist, electronica fan, post-humanist and naturalist, player of go and appreciator of mathematics and algorithms.

i work on indigo renderer and chaotica at glare technologies in newcastle, england and previously contributed to lux render. i've also worked in the fields of gamedev, vfx coding, and design.

all the images in my gallery were rendered with various programs i've written over the years, without the use of direct3d / opengl / photoshop / etc unless mentioned.

my principal occupation at deviantart is lurking in #aposhack, appreciating great art and artists, and occassionally even submitting some new pixels. feel free to say hi!



Favourite genre of music: electronica
Favourite cartoon character: eric cartman
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fanfouille Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks !
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Happy new year! 
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*sneaks in* :ninja:


Just noticed that I do not have you on my watch list. :ashamed:

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RJohnstone Jul 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thomas,

I am a fractal art newby, having just gotten started using Apophysis in May 2013. In watching fellow deviants, I have learned of a number of software tools that generate fractal art. My perception is that Ultra Fractal is top of the line for getting quality results. However, I am also seeing exceptionally high-quality images with the APO-Chaotica pair.

My primary interest is in algorithmically generating images that don't look like algortihmically-generated images. (So, "99.5%" of the fractal images I see on deviantART, although of interest, are not where I'm headed. Having said that, I've accumulated numerous images in my Favourites [sic] folders that better reveal my interests than any hard and fast rule.)

Could you briefly explain how you see Chaotica positioned in the fractal-art generator marketplace? What are its key strengths? What does it do, that Apo can't? What does it not do, that Apo can? I'm trying to understand the boundaries of both tools, as well as, the interface. [I'm not totally ignorant of Chaotica. I've visited the web site on multiple occasions. I'm just trying to better understand it vis--vis Apophysis.]

Lastly, how does Chaotica compare with Ultra Fractal? What do you see as the relative strengths and weaknesses of the two tools? [I'm not looking for a detailed Market Analysis from you --- just an off-the-cuff reading will do.]

I'm just a step or two away from investing time in Chaotica or Ultra Fractal, but thought I'd stop by and get your perceptions first.

Thanks,
Richard
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HorheSoloma May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for watch! :)
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