Fractal Explorer was created for the first of two coursework assignments for an “advanced programming” module I took in my first year at university. The task was to create a Java application that could be used to interactively view and explore a visual representation of the Mandelbrot Set and some corresponding Julia Sets.
This coursework was great fun, and I regard it as one of the most enjoyable courseworks I completed at university. I found implementing the algorithms rather addictive. So much so, that I ended up getting a bit carried away and spent probably far too much time adding a slew of extra features, including:
- Click-and-drag zooming, with animations
- Live real-time preview of the Julia Set associated with the point underneath the cursor
- Full multi-threaded rendering of the fractals
- Ability to customise the fractal calculations, including the maximum number of iterations to use, and smoothing the results to blend colours together more smoothly
- Exporting of the fractals at custom sizes (making for some pretty wallpapers)
- Display of other fractal algorithms, including the Burning Ship
- And perhaps the most
importantunnecessary feature: full control over the hues and colours used for the fractals
Fractal Explorer is available as a JAR executable here.