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Gaston provides interactive, stereoscopic real-time 3D rendering of 4D quaternion Julia set fractals. Show off the awesome speed of your Mac with this totally useless toy! Any rendered image can be exported to make for a nice desktop background. Gaston can also be used as a benchmark for floating-point/AltiVec/SSE performance.

What's New

Version 1.2.2:
  • Compatible with Snow Leopard
  • Custom document icons
  • Performance measurement in GFLOPS

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Magosilvan Member IconReview+94
Magosilvan
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Great!
It's not just a fun, it shows fractals power!

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Version 1.2.2
Mark3785 Member IconReview+8
Mark3785
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Fun app. It'd be great if it was updated, it hasn't seen a new version in five years.

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Version 1.2.2
Cowicide Member IconReview+1134
Cowicide
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Yay! Great to see it's updated to work with Snow Leopard! Fun with math and very accessible to laypersons. Would like to see more options in the future.

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Version 1.2.2
Enrico-Nencini Member IconComment+23
Enrico-Nencini
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Just what id says: totally useless, but very nice and fun. And free. It can produce nice desktop backrounds :)

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Version 1.2
Hoby Member IconComment+0
Hoby
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We need more toys like this..

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Version 1.0.1b
aetnaria Member IconReview+98
aetnaria
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Funky!

You start with a ball of clay. Then you twist it like taffy, play with the colors, lighting, viewpoint... just mess around with the sliders.

I'm not sure what this is useful for (thus the Value rating - it is free though!). But it certainly is different.

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Version 1.0.1b
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Anonymous
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Does not work. Quits on launch. OS X 10.2.3
(Perhaps you are using Development build instead of Deployment build? Or you forgot a framework?)

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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I'd really like to solve this one. What is the exakt version number in the About Gaston window? Should be 1.0.1b (the original 1.0.1 crashed on G3s). What is your Mac model?
And, most important, could you launch the Console-App (in /Applications/Utilities/Console) and tell me the error log (if there is one) right after the error has occurred?
Thanks for your help.

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Anonymous
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you might check your version of stuffit expander. i believe the initial 8.0 version had problems with setting wrong permissions on expanded apps that would cause them to fail on launch. i think the latest version is 8.0.2/

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Anonymous
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I am having the same problem. I tried the console, but there was nothing. I can see movement in the dock, but no data in the console.

I am using 10.3.9 on a Dual G4/450 with 640 RAM.

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Anonymous
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This is totally cool! I'm not sure how useful it is but it's a blast to watch and play with. It's kinda like taffy only you don't have to wash your hands afterwards. Virtual Taffy!

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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It works now. There was a problem on non-AltiVec systems. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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thanks again... no problem, glad you fixed it so fast!

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Anonymous
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version 1.0.1 quits as it is launching, generates an error window.

iBook @ 900MHz / 640 MB RAM / OS X 10.2.3

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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Yes, I can reproduce the error on G3 systems. It works fine on G4s. I'm working on it.

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Downloads 8,735
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Date 05 Oct 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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