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Substrate... A fascinating screensaver that looks like cracking patterns in rocks or an overhead view of a growing city. It's fascinating to watch the intricate patterns build on your screen.

SubstrateMac is based on the original concept "Substrate Watercolors" by J. Tarbell at Complexification.net.


Mac OS X 10.4 or later

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Steven Goodheart Member IconReview+442
Steven Goodheart

Wow, this is gorgeous! Another winner from Daddio! Thanks!

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Version 1.0.1
Detlefs Member IconReview+4

Beautiful unique saver, I like it very much.

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Version 1.0.1
Arvidtp Member IconReview+73

This is beautiful!

Especially when you turn up the density. Emergent complexity from simple rules…

Would like to see a Config option for crack/bg/sand colors/color ranges.

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Version 1.0.1

The color palette of the original was taken from a Jackson Pollack painting, titled Shimmering Substance.


Well, a good place to take a color palette from! I looked at some of the other algorithms at http://www.complexification.net/ and some are quite astonishing.

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Downloads 2,625
Version Downloads 2,624
License Free
Date 18 Oct 2009
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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