And now that I’m getting the hang of it, so the games begin. :-)
I deeply thank the hosts of A Beautiful Blur group for featuring this piece. By the way, the gentle blur you see was completed solely within the program during the post-rendering option. Gone are the days of opening a photo editing program to add the special touches to a fractal. Apophysis 2.09 has an addition bell and whistle. :-)
“Fractal Abstracts” also featured this piece. For either feature I’m not sure if the rendering edit was a part. I’m hoping it was because the change was very large indeed. ;-)
Also of note, this release Apophysis 2.09 is still considered in the BETA stage. If you’re like me, the last thing you want to do is mess with a program that is looking for your feedback when it crashes. I took a risk with Apophysis 2.09 and it was well worth it. The actual program has never glitched badly. The one thing that probably needs addressing is that it won’t say a render is finished and seems to sit there with all the countdown timers saying it’s done. If it isn’t done, I can’t see the difference.
I almost forgot and this is crucial: turn off all screen savers, calendars, pop-ups messages, and anything else that will happen automatically during a render. Two very nasty things can happen: first it can crash your render completely with no warning; second it can crash or completely lock up your computer!
Also of note, I have an extended battery for my Toshiba laptop running Vista. A strange thing happens when using a power cord with the battery: the computer may not act as tho the battery is there AND being recharged. It will run it all the way to empty and crash your computer and anything rendering on it. It’s utterly crucial for me to know when the battery is being charged while rendering a graphics intensive program or I’m dead, the fractal is dead (the buffers don’t “auto-save” wherever you are, and worst of all, Windows has taken yet another crash and burn. I’m not going to slam Windows on this one because I don’t know if the same will happen using a Mac. But I can say Windows crashes can be fatal seemingly more often than Mac crashes. If you let any program using a lot of power crash your computer hard, you run a risk of creating Hard Drive Errors.
The funny thing is that fractal rendering will not follow the auto-shutoff I have programed into ALL my computers (or their power supplies). No warnings are issues in any manner, including the tiny power icon on my laptop. Unless paying careful attention, you may find yourself with 10 minutes power showing as remaining but before you can get buffers, parameters, and materials saved and before 10 minutes is up, you are facing a mess.
I’ve gotten my AC power to feed the battery while rendering but it still eats up battery, tho much slower. Just a thing to learn about your particular computer and to watch for if it happens to you too. :-)