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GNU XaoS is an interactive fractal zoomer. It allows the user to continuously to zoom in or out of a fractal in a fluid, continuous motion. This capability makes XaoS great for exploring fractals, and it's just plain fun!

XaoS can display many different fractal types, including Mandelbrot, Barnsley, Newton, Phoenix, and many more. Fractals can be rendered using various coloring methods and planes for an almost endless variety of images. XaoS also supports switching between Julia and Mandelbrot sets for each formula.

XaoS includes many animated tutorials that make learning about fractals fun and easy. These tutorials are also more...

What's New

Version 3.5:
  • New Portuguese translation
  • Fixed crash bug when using -render command line option with user-defined formulas
  • Updated documentation to reflect support infrastructure move to Google Code and Google Groups
  • Additional fractal examples


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Outer Member IconComment+118

Under 10.8.2 Mountain Lion, this (sadly) stutters, stalls and essentially fails. At least for me.

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Version 3.5

same here :(

syharris Member IconReview+49

This thing's a total blast! Absolutely fascinating and fun, fun, fun. An esthetic epicure's delight. A big hug to the developer(s) for creating this little confection.

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Version 3.4
lucid Member IconReview+6

This is a great tool.

We are just about to download the latest version and try it out. The only new feature we are interested is the deeper zooms. However, the other features look very attractive.

If you like this software then consider supporting the project.

The previous version were great. This looks like a great number of major improvements.

Great work!

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Version 3.4
Tice Member IconReview+119

Easy to use and perfect to handle. Simple and good. What else can I say?

Well maybe some infos about the different Fractals like Sierpinski or the Koch snowflake would be interesting for many "amateur" users who like what they see but would know a bit about it. Who is Benoit Mandelbrot? What does this formular mean?

Anyway, many thanks for that flawless app.

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Version 3.4

Want fractal info? Google and Wikipedia will take ya as far as ya wanna go.

Planetary-Paul Member IconReview+10

I just gave it a try and I think it is wonderful! I couldn't find any Lyapunov fractals in the program, but hey, its great as it is, and free :-).

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Version 3.2.2
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Date 19 Jul 2009
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