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It's finally time for a journal update here, sorry it's been so long! ^^; I'm on holiday at the moment, though it's a bit of a working holiday since I can't tear myself away from Chaotica dev :pc:

The big news is the release of Chaotica on the Mac App Store! Marked as version 1.0, it was successfully launched about a week ago, and we submitted this much-improved version 1.0.1 to Apple on Tuesday. Hopefully with all the extra polish we've been doing it will get some good reviews and sell a few copies! That would be really great for the company, and enable me to continue working fulltime on Chaotica; there's still a huge amount of work to be done.

The parameter browser is now used more extensively, and to great effect for randomisation - the ability to visually pick out interesting variations makes fractal exploration faster and more interesting. Substantial speedups are seen with low efficiency parameters thanks to several rendering core optimisations, and as usual there are many bugfixes and general improvements.

The amazing tatasz has made two new Chaotica tutorials, which are featured both on the Chaotica forum and here on deviantArt (all three linked for completeness):
:spotlight-left: Chaotica Bloom Tutorial by tatasz Spherical Plants for Chaotica by tatasz Tutorial: Blurry Elliptic Splits in Chaotica by tatasz :spotlight-right:

You should go give her a hug :hug: because the poor girl has just been in a car accident :noes:

There's a lot of cool stuff coming up, including a planned competition, so keep an eye out for more news soon!


Last but not least, some :iconchaoticafractals: group features!

Open by tatasz Photervescent Tileterial by FarDareisMai Hospital by FarDareisMai
Creation Myth by plangkye Flattery by plangkye Leguminous by plangkye Book Of Moths by FarDareisMai
May 9th by tatasz Massive by zy0rg Mess by zy0rg
  • Listening to: Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
  • Reading: Graphics papers
  • Playing: Go
  • Drinking: Coffee
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waste-and-tragedy Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2013
This is a great piece of software, thank you for all of your hard work.

I have a question (or maybe several)...when I open the world editor, I am not seeing any 'affines' (or transforms) in the display - but if I click and drag in the window, I do change what is being rendered (does that make sense?)... and the same sort of thing is happening with the palette editor...nothing appears in the three windows but changes do occur if I "blindly" click and drag.

Is this an issue perhaps with the version I am choosing to install - or maybe an issue with the crappy computer I am using?
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lyc Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
i'm really late to answering this message, sorry! this problem was fixed in chaotica 1.0.2, thanks for reporting it!
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waste-and-tragedy Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
Okay, thanks for the reply.
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C0MPASSION Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have asked to have it submitted to "Fractal Resources".....but in my next journal I will point this out in particular. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.......it is a real wonderful addition to fractal software:iconroseplz:
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lyc Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
huzzah, thanks for the feature! :thanks: please let me know here if you find any issues with it :)
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