Create Fractal Art and Animations With Ultra Fractal 4

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Frederik Slijkerman has released Ultra Fractal 4, a powerful fractal art and fractal animation program for Windows. With features such as layers, masks, true-color gradients, deep zooming, and custom fractal formulas, Ultra Fractal has been the tool of choice for both serious fractal artists and beginners for years. The new animation capabilities in Ultra Fractal 4 make it possible to create fractal movies and turn existing fractals into moving computer art.

Frederik Slijkerman has released Ultra Fractal 4, a powerful fractal art and fractal animation program for Windows. With features such as layers, masks, true-color gradients, deep zooming, and custom fractal formulas, Ultra Fractal has been the tool of choice for both serious fractal artists and beginners for years. The new animation capabilities in Ultra Fractal 4 make it possible to create fractal movies and turn existing fractals into moving computer art.

Fractals first became accessible to the general public in the late 1980s. Partly due to the slow computers and limited computer displays of that time, fractals soon became associated with Mandelbrot sets and psychedelic color cycling. This is how most people still think of fractals. However, around 1998 the concept of fractal art began to develop. Today, fractal art is exhibited in museums and galleries and there is a growing community of professional fractal artists. Ultra Fractal is the perfect tool to create fractal art because it is powerful, versatile, and easy to use.

One of Ultra Fractal's key features is layering and masking, including most Photoshop merge modes. You can color each layer and add transparency effects with the true-color gradient editor. Ultra Fractal's deep zooming support lets you zoom in to virtually unlimited depths. Thousands of fractal types and coloring options are available through the online formula database, and you can also write your own formulas with the built-in formula editor. Thanks to the integrated compiler, they will run just as efficiently as the built-in formulas.

New in Ultra Fractal 4 is complete animation support. Every fractal can be an animation, and every parameter can be animated individually. Animations can be of any length and can use any desired frame rate. Editing animations is easy with the new powerful Timeline tool window. You can render animations with optional anti-aliasing and motion blur to sequences of still images or to AVI movies. It is even possible to connect to other computers to accelerate the calculations. Not related to animation is the new Explore feature that helps you find interesting parameter values with a live preview window.

Whether you are a graphic designer, a professional fractal artist, a video producer, or a complete beginner, Ultra Fractal 4 makes it easy to create beautiful fractal pictures, animated textures, and moving fractal backgrounds. An excellent help file with a complete set of tutorials is included. You can also get help and share fractal designs with other users by signing up to the Ultra Fractal mailing list.

Ultra Fractal 4 runs on Windows XP/2003/2000/98/Me and is available in two editions. The Animation Edition costs $129 (US) and the Standard Edition, which does not include animation support and network calculations, costs $59 (US). Ultra Fractal can be purchased securely online on http://www.ultrafractal.com. A free 30-day trial version is also available for download on the same web address. For more information and site licenses, contact Frederik Slijkerman at info@ultrafractal.com.

About Frederik Slijkerman:

Frederik Slijkerman has been working with fractals and fractal software since 1993. His first fractal program for Windows, Ultra Fractal 2, was released in 1999. At that time, fractal software was fairly limited and Ultra Fractal 2 was quite revolutionary. After graduating from the University of Amsterdam and releasing Ultra Fractal 3 in 2002, Frederik Slijkerman has been able to work full-time on his own software company. Ultra Fractal 5 is already under development and will contain many new innovative features to further expand the realm of fractal software. Frederik Slijkerman is also co-owner of FabFilter Software Instruments (http://www.fabfilter.com), which produces high-quality plug-ins for audio professionals.

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