Project Educate: Tricks of the Trade for ApophysisApophysis: Tricks of the TradeMore Like This
Apophysis is a freestanding and freeware flame fractal generator originally created by Mark Townsend. According to Damien M. Jones and L. Kerry Mitchell in The Fractal Art Manifesto http://www.fractalus.com/info/manifesto.htm "Generating fractals can be an artistic endeavor, a mathematical pursuit, or just a soothing diversion." Whatever your reasons for wanting to create fractal art, using Apophysis will get you started. It may look intimidating when you first open it, but once you jump in and start using Apophysis, you will find that you can create beautiful fractal art almost right way.
Here are a few tips and tricks we have compiled to help every fractal artist from beginner to advanced users. A very big thank you to everyone who contributed to this article. After each one you will find the name and/or link to the source of the information.
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Apophysis Image Rendering and MultithreadingThis article relates to the fractal program "Apophysis" (Apo), but may also be relevant to other image rendering programs.More Like This
In Apo, there is a setting in the OPTIONS menu where one can specify the number of rendering "threads" to use. This has a direct impact on the amount of rendering time an image takes to render. If set to OFF, the image will render as if it was using a single CPU. If set to 2 or 4, the image will render in much less time, because it has 2 or 4 CPU cores of which to take advantage.
People who have Intel CPUs, which have hyperthreading (such as some Pentium 4's), can set this option to 2 if they wish (DO NOT use higher than 2).
Don't know how to get an image in here, so here is the screenshot link showing this setting option. http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/46008841/?qo=1&q=by%3Azsteve+in%3Ascraps&qh=sort%3Atime
Hyperthreading (wanky marketing speak), basically means the CPU has "two threads" with which to perform its data processing (sort of like two C