Published on 2 October 2013
Explore and create fractal landscapes unlike anything seen before,
in real-time on an iPhone and iPad
It's been rather quiet around here for a while, but with good reason!
Two and a half years ago a certain Kai Krause got in touch (a name I knew well from the time of MetaCreations who created the KPT series of Photoshop plugins, Bryce, Painter, Poser, Soap, Goo among others).
Kai invited me over to visit him in Germany where I was introduced to a plethora of projects he'd been working on since the MetaCreation days.
One of these projects was an iPhone app called Frax built by long time friend, colleague and fellow graphics luminary, Ben Weiss. Even then the app would let you fly around fractal landscapes and change colours, lights and textures in real-time, on a phone!
Shortly after that I joined Kai and Ben to complete the fractal triumvirate and ever since we've been designing, developing, polishing and iterating Frax. MacWorld have written an article on our team and we're also in this months podcast.
It has been quite a journey and the app has grown into something far bigger and more capable than what any of us expected at the start.
We now have almost one hundred parameters that drive the render engine, 198 example starter presets, extensive built in documentation all beautifully illustrated, large website with community gallery for sharing presets, all linked to the Frax Cloud render farm for generating ultra high-resolution images up to 50 Mpx...
We've had the rare opportunity to take a no compromise approach with Frax, ignoring all timelines, just trying to make it the best we can. And now at long last it is ready for the world...
For those wondering about Fractal Lab... don't worry it is still in active development and is becoming a serious tool for rendering and animating 2D and 3D fractals and procedural graphics.
That will be a topic for a future post...
Last updated: 2 October 2013