XaoS – interactive fractal zoomer

XaoS is an interactive fractal zoomer. It allows the user to continuously to zoom in or out of a fractal in a fluid, continuous motion.

It displays the Mandelbrot set (and other escape time fractals).

Various coloring modes are provided for both the points inside and outside the selected set. In addition, switching between Julia and Mandelbrot fractal types and displaying planes is provided.

Features include:

  • Fast smooth interactive realtime zooming.
  • 14 fractal formulas:
    • Mandelbrot power 2 – Mandelbrot power 6.
    • octo, Barnsley (2), Newton (2), Phoenix, Magnet (2).
  • Autopilot.
  • Attractive user interface.
  • Context sensitive help.
  • Bitmap, 8bpp with palette, fixedcolor, grayscale and arbitrary truecolor (16, 24 or 32bpp) support.
  • Three algorithms for random palettes.
  • Saving to PNG files.
  • Saving/restoring current position.
  • Animation save/replay.
  • Rendering of animation sequences, with support for MPEG motion vector guessing and frame type choice.
  • 10 outcoloring modes + 10 incoloring modes.
  • 10 true-color coloring modes.
  • Boundary trace and solid guessing algorithms for fast image calculation.
  • Periodicity checking.
  • Unrolled calculation loops.
  • Realtime image rotation.
  • More than 50 examples.
  • An AA driver that provides high quality ascii art rendering at many platforms.
  • Both Mandelbrot and Julia forms of fractals.
  • Fast Julia preview (now for all formulas).
  • Special image stretching algorithm for fast zooming.
  • Many supported platforms including text mode drivers.
  • Zoom up to 64051194700380384 times.
  • Unzooms more than 1267966761981568116729735090176 times.
  • Color cycling.
  • Dynamic resolution (now really improved).
  • Fast Julia browsing mode.
  • Supports non-standard monitor sizes.
  • SMP support:
    • POSIX threads API.
    • plan9.
    • BeOS.
  • Post calculation filters:
    • Motion blur.
    • Random dot stereograms in animation.
    • Interlace filter.
    • Two edge detection filters.
    • Starfield generator.
    • Emboss.
    • Palette emulation filter.
    • Antialiasing.
  • Dithering on devices w/o user defined palette.
  • Animated tutorials:
    • Introduction to fractals.
    • Features overview.
    • Math behind fractals.
    • Whats new:
      • Supported languages for tutorials: English, Spanish, German, French, Czech, and Hungarian.
  • Internationalization.

Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: XaoS Contributors
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


XaoS is written in C++ and C. Learn C++ with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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