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Universal Idea

In summary, Mandelbulber generates three-dimensional fractals.

Explore trigonometric, hyper-complex, Mandelbox, IFS, and many other 3D fractals.

Render with a great palette of customizable materials to create stunning images and videos.

The possibilities are literally infinite!

Test Render

Features

  • Enlightening Documentation
  • Renders trigonometric, hyper-complex, Mandelbox, IFS, and many other 3D fractals
  • Complex 3D ray-marching: hard shadows, ambient occlusion, depth of field, translucency & refraction, etc.
  • Rich GUI in Qt 5 environment
  • Unlimited image resolution on 64-bit systems
  • Program compiled for x86 and x64 CPUs (Linux, Windows, OSX)
  • Simple 3D navigator
  • Distributed Network Rendering
  • Rendering using OpenCL
  • Key-frame animation for all parameters with different interpolations
  • Material management
  • Texture mapping (color, luminosity, diffusion, normal maps, displacement)
  • Exporting of 3D objects
  • Rendering queue
  • Command line interface for headless systems

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Keyboard shortcuts

In render window:

  • Up / Down: Move Camera Forward / Backward
  • Left / Right: Move Camera Left / Right
  • Ctrl+(Up / Down): Move Camera Up / Down
  • Shift+(Up / Down / Left / Right): Rotate Camera
  • Ctrl+(Left / Right): Roll Camera Left / Right

Building and Deploying

Download latest stable version from Releases

After downloading, Unpack the file and follow our instructions from README file. Please see information in mandelbulber2/deploy folder.

Easy Preparation for Development

The software is natively developed using Qt Creator for Linux (Debian or Ubuntu).

The file mandelbulber2/qmake/mandelbulber.pro specifies the build system configuration for Qt Creator. To be able to compile the program, the host operating system requires preparation:

Use the following scripts to prepare your Linux environment for development. These scripts install all dependencies, compile the program, and create symbolic links in /usr/share/mandelbulber to your working directory.

Prepare Debian for Development

Prepare Ubuntu for Development

Arch Linux AUR Package (Current release)

Arch Linux AUR Package (Current git snapshot)

In addition, there exists an MSVC Solution located in this git package. The solution accommodates all dependencies with NUGET for autonomous compilation of OpenCL accelerated Binary.

The system requires the QT5 framework in conjunction with LZO for real-time data compression and GSL for scientific resources.

Resources

Video tutorials

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License

GNU GPL v3