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3.1 Beta 1

Slightly earlier than planned, I have released the first beta of version 3.1 of Mandelbrot Explorer.

The reason for the accelerated release is that version 3.0 contained a bug that means it will not run on 64-bit (or x64) operating systems. If you try to run 3.0 on a 64-bit system, you get the following error:

An error has occurred from which Mandelbrot Explorer will not be able to recover. An attempt was made to load a program with an incorrect format. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x8007000B)

Version 3.0 released

Mandelbrot Explorer 3.0 was released today, the first version in over 4 years. This new version features a brand new fractal rendering engine that makes the application easier to use and more intuitive. Colour schemes are now layer-based, allowing more advanced editing of colour schemes. These two major under-the-hood developments have opened up many new features, and there will be more in future releases.

To read the full list of developments, please consult the What's New page.

View the zooms feature in action

Something I've been meaning to do for some time: You can now view a sample of what the Zoom Series feature of Mandelbrot Explorer offers. This feature has been in Mandelbrot Explorer since early version 2 editions, although 3.0 will make this feature more user-friendly, and 3.1 will make it more friendly still with an accurate time estimator.

This zoom takes 54 seconds to zoom in by a factor of 100,000. Enjoy!

Mandelbrot Explorer 3.0 Beta 1 Released

Following on from the release of Alpha 1 of version 3.0, Beta 1 has now been released. Unlike Alpha 1, there is more to this; it bears a close resemblance to the future final version. It may well still contain bugs, and people willing to test it and report their experiences are sought.

More information from the Beta Releases page.

Here's a screenshot:

Merchandise available in the UK

Here's some good news for all the Mandelbrot Explorer lovers out there. The folks over at Zazzle, who kindly sell merchandise with Mandelbrot Explorer images on, have just launched a UK outfit.

Their press release for the new UK site, launching today, can be found on their site. What this means in practice is that Zazzle can now …

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