Golly
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Open source Conway's Game of Life simulator.   Free
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Golly is an open source, cross-platform Game of Life simulator currently under development by Andrew Trevorrow and Tomas Rokicki. Our goal is to write a world-class Life simulator, solicit ideas and help from the planet's best Life hackers, and share some of our excitement.

Golly's key features:
  • Unbounded universe (limited only by memory).
  • Fast, memory-efficient conventional algorithm.
  • Super fast hashing algorithm for highly regular patterns.
  • Responsive even while generating or garbage collecting.
  • Reads RLE, Life 1.05/1.06, and
What's New
Version 2.6:
  • Fixed menu problems on Ubuntu when using Unity.
  • Fixed a nasty bug that could cause Golly to crash when doing a paste.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the paste image to disappear after a flip/rotate.
  • Fixed bugs in Mac app caused by non-ASCII characters in some file paths.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented Golly starting up on OS X 10.9.
  • Tool bar buttons are no longer disabled when the main window is inactive.
  • The save settings in Preferences > Layer are now obeyed by scripts. For example, let's assume you've ticked the option to be asked to save changes on creating a new pattern. If the current layer has changes and you run a script that calls new() then you'll get the standard dialog asking if you want to save those changes. If you cancel the dialog then the script is aborted.
  • To avoid potential data loss, you now get a warning if you save a non-starting generation and earlier changes exist. The warning can be disabled in Preferences > Layer.
  • Created an online archive for very large patterns.
Version 2.6:
  • Fixed menu problems on Ubuntu when using Unity.
  • Fixed a nasty bug that could cause Golly to crash when doing a paste.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause the paste image to disappear after a flip/rotate.
  • Fixed bugs in Mac app caused by non-ASCII characters in some file paths.
  • Fixed a problem that prevented Golly starting up on OS X more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.6 or later





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Intellect Inside commented on 15 Jun 2012
It would be nice if the description said "Conway's Game of Life" instead of simply "Game of Life," which is a board game by Milton-Bradley. I came in here, saw the screenshot, and thought "WTF?"
[Version 2.4]


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Peter da Silva commented on 22 Apr 2007
Can't wait until this is combined with GPUlife to use OpenGL shader programs to handle subregions. :) :) :) :)
[Version 1.2]


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versanick reviewed on 30 Jan 2006
Excellently executed. Free. Very comparable to high-end Windows available Game programs. Conway's Game of Life is amazing. For those who don't know, a grid, including squares which are either, we'll say, 'on' or 'off', governed by only the rule that if there are either 2 or 3 'on' squares touching a square (aka adjacent above, left, right, or below, and up-right, up-left, down-right, down-left), that square will be 'on' during the next discrete time step.

So in timestep 1 (we'll call it 1 instead of 0) two squares start out 'on', separated by a space between then. In the next time step, that space in between them will be 'on', and the two original squares (and all others over the entire grid) will be 'off'. A few other sets of rules other than the 2-3 rule can work, but surprisingly few sets of rules produce such interesting results as the 2-3 rule. Without going into any more detail, this program is at least worth a look if you're at all interested in what this is about.

The only thing I'd like to find is a universal Turing Machine. It is said that anything in known existence (and unkown) can be realized by this machine. Anything that could possibly be calculated by the mind, or computer, or entities unkown to humans.. it really is something to behold.

Great job with this program. Worthwhile if you're a College professor or student in higher math, as Conway's Game of Life will surely be something that you'll come across. Other reasons it could be so worthwile have not all been realized yet.
[Version 0.95]

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asmeurer replied on 12 Oct 2008
http://web.archive.org/web/20030210114324/http://www.rendell.uk.co/gol/tm.htm
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Oct 2005
Nice work, guys. Thanks for your generosity.
[Version 0.91]


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Dylan-Mc rated on 16 Jun 2013

[Version 2.5]


Downloads:11,001
Version Downloads:249
Type:Games : Simulation
License:Free
Date:11 Dec 2013
Platform:Intel 64 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Golly is an open source, cross-platform Game of Life simulator currently under development by Andrew Trevorrow and Tomas Rokicki. Our goal is to write a world-class Life simulator, solicit ideas and help from the planet's best Life hackers, and share some of our excitement.

Golly's key features:
  • Unbounded universe (limited only by memory).
  • Fast, memory-efficient conventional algorithm.
  • Super fast hashing algorithm for highly regular patterns.
  • Responsive even while generating or garbage collecting.
  • Reads RLE, Life 1.05/1.06, and macrocell formats.
  • Can paste in patterns from the clipboard.
  • Auto fit option keeps patterns sized to the window.
  • Full screen option (no menu/status/tool/scroll bars).
  • Built-in HTML help system (thanks to wxWidgets).


Online program help is available here.


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