Although our group is called 'mandelbulb3d', we also include the 3D fractal programs 'Fragmentarium' and of course 'Mandelbulber'. Well, some exciting news concerning Mandelbulber has recently come to our attention; the program's creator Krzysztof Marczak
also known as 'Buddhi', has just released the latest test version of this excellent software. Version 2.0 Alpha now has a single window GUI, as opposed to the multi-part interface of previous versions, and this new version seems to operate in quite a similar manner to Mandelbulb 3D!
Although I personally haven't yet had time to have a good play with the software, I will definitely be spending some serious time with it over the coming weeks, until the 'official' release of the final version of Mandelbulber 2.0.
I actually began my 3D fractal explorations using Mandelbulber v0.80 way back in 2010, and loved its lighting and final render quality. But, subsequent releases demanded more and more resources to operate comfortably, and eventually my poor old machine just couldn't cope! Hence my move to the less resource hungry, and more heavily formula equipped Mandelbulb 3D.
I'm hoping that this new release will allow me to use Mandelbulber alongside Mandelbulb 3D for work that can take advantage of its superb lighting setup. 'Yes, but what about Mandelbulb 3D's MC rendering option?' I hear you ask. Well, it does produce fantastically 'photographic' looking results, but on my current machine it's still far too slow!
Anyway, to try the new Alpha version of Mandelbulber for yourself, goto:
sourceforge.net/projects/mande… and from the release list click on:
'Mandelbulber v2 - alpha testing 002.zip' to download. Then open a new folder on your HDD called say 'Mandelbulber v2.0 Alpha'. Unzip the contents of the download to the new folder.
Double-click on 'mandelbulber.exe' in the folder, and you're off!
Looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with using this potentially brilliant software....