updated 10:10 am EDT, Wed October 25, 2006
Quadrium flame released
Gandreas Software has released quadrium flame, an application designed to create and animate "flame fractals." The software combines a wide variety of mathematic transformations with an interface that allows users to actually "grow" an image, according to Gandreas. Users interactively build an image by combining 24 different transformations and attractors, including support for 3D transformations. Quadrium flame provides live feedback as users directly manipulate the flames, and supports warping images with 37 different topologies which are usable globally or on a per-flame basis. The application can color each flame individually or as a gradient with five different schemes, and offers a gradient editor for customization of flame gradient color. Quadrium flame is available for $40, and requires Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later.
Users can mutate an image to explore countless variations or "breed" images together to combine features and create new images. Quadrium flame supports fine tuning by explicitly adjusting various settings, and supports a "tweener" to adjust large numbers of settings simultaneously. The software enables users to animate creations, generates QuickTime movies, and renders high resolution versions of creations with up to 600dpi and 4-to-1 anti-aliasing.
AppleScript support offers direct image manipulation with automation for common effects, and users can share images via Bonjour or a .Mac account. Users can also create image workflows by post-processing images with AppleScript or Automator. The Quadrium flame is driven via drag-and-drop, offering unlimited undo and live feedback.