Ultra Fractal 5.02 Released: Combine Fractal Art with Images

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Phreakware has released Ultra Fractal 5.02, a powerful fractal art and fractal animation package for Windows. With features such as layers, masking, deep zooming, custom fractal formulas, and animation support, Ultra Fractal has been the tool of choice for fractal artists and enthusiasts for years. Ultra Fractal 5 adds several productivity enhancements and the ability to import images and combine them with fractal structures.

Phreakware has released Ultra Fractal 5.02, a powerful fractal art and fractal animation package for Windows. With features such as layers, masking, deep zooming, custom fractal formulas, and animation support, Ultra Fractal has been the tool of choice for fractal artists and enthusiasts for years. Ultra Fractal 5 adds several productivity enhancements and the ability to import images and combine them with fractal structures.

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 became associated with Mandelbrot sets and psychedelic color cycling, which is how most people still think of them. However, around 1998 the concept of fractal art began to develop: using more advanced fractal software to take fractal creation to the next level and develop it into an art form. 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 very versatile and feature-rich, yet easy to use at the same time.

Ultra Fractal's key features are layering and masking, including most Photoshop merge modes. Each layer contains a separate fractal, which can be colored with the true-color gradient editor. Ultra Fractal's deep zooming support lets you zoom in to virtually unlimited depths. In the Animation Edition, you can easily create zoom movies and render more sophisticated animations. Thousands of user-contributed fractal types and coloring options are available through the online formula database, and if you are mathematically inclined, 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 5 is the ability to import images into your fractals, and combine, twist and transform them seamlessly with fractal structure. New productivity features are layer groups, which also enables new creative merging effects, and the ability to select and edit multiple layers simultaneously. Last but not least, the formula compiler now supports formulas as plug-ins, which makes it possible to easily combine parts of different formulas without having to do any programming.

Whether you are a graphic designer, a fractal artist, a video producer, or a home enthusiast, Ultra Fractal 5 makes it easy to create beautiful fractal pictures, animated textures, and moving fractal backgrounds. An extensive 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 5 runs on Windows Vista/XP/2003/2000/98 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 $74 (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 http://www.ultrafractal.com.

Evaluation copy and NFR license for review purposes available on request.

About Phreakware:
Phreakware's founder 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. Since then, Ultra Fractal 3, 4 and now Ultra Fractal 5 have further pushed the boundaries of fractal software and fractal art. 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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