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Fraqtive 0.4.8 released

Version 0.4.8 extends the capability of Fraqtive to generate very high quality images and series of images (animations). The new "Multi-Sampling" setting makes it possible to generate images using multiple samples per pixel (2x2, 4x4 or 8x8 samples). This greatly improves the quality of images, especially in the "noisy" areas.

Multi-sampling works by simply rendering a larger image and then scaling it down to the requested size. The maximum size of the resulting image depends on the multi-sampling setting. Without multi-sampling, the maximum size is 30720 x 17280 pixels (in the 64-bit version), while with maximum 8x8 multi-sampling, the maximum resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels (commonly known as the 4K resolution).

This is an example of an animation rendered using Fraqtive, with 4x4 multi-sampling used together with anti-aliasing and blending:

There was also a bug in version 0.4.7 which caused Fraqtive to look for presets and bookmarks in the wrong location on Windows. This bug is now fixed in version 0.4.8.

Fraqtive 0.4.7 released

A new version of Fraqtive was released today. It adds compatibility with Qt 5. Also the maximum size of images that can be generated was increased. The 64-bit version can now generate images up to 30720 x 17280 pixels. In the 32-bit version the limit is 8000 x 8000 pixels. This makes it possible to generate very high quality images and movies, especially if the generated images are scaled down to reduce the amount of noise in areas containing lots of details.

Fraqtive 0.4.6 released

Almost three years after the last release, a new version of Fraqtive is available. It contains the following improvements and new features:

  • It is now possible to generate a series of images with increasing zoom level and optional rotation. This makes it possible to create very nice looking animations, such as the ones in the fractal videos section.
  • The calculation depth, which controls the maximum number of iterations, can now be set to a larger value, which makes it possible to see more details at the fractal's edge, at the cost of speed.
  • Some glitches when navigating at a very high zoom level were fixed.
  • The user interface was redesigned and refreshed a bit for a more modern look. A tool strip known from my other programs is now used in place of menu and toolbar.

A 64-bit installer for Windows is also available, and the official binary packages for Windows are now digitally signed with a certificate.

Fraqtive 0.4.5 released

It's been a long time since the last release, but I finally decided to make a new version. The main new feature in this release is the possibility to generate high quality fractal images of arbitrary size (up to 4000 x 4000 pixels) and save them in PNG, JPEG, TIFF, BMP or PPM format. Also a few minor bugs were fixed. Finally, a new improved installer for Windows was created, allowing to install Fraqtive for current user or all users and using a much smaller, compressed executable file.

Fraqtive 0.4.4 released

This release adds some minor improvements of the user interface. In addition, the Windows Modern Style, which I wrote specially for Fraqtive and WebIssues, was re-licensed to a BSD-style license, allowing it to be reused in both open source and commercial applications. See the Modern Qt style for Windows article for more information.

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