However Jan stopped developing XaoS, there is a continous need for new versions for new platforms and other improvements.
On this page we summarize the needed features and plans for the future of XaoS.
What happened since 1999? Probably you know, that the core developer of XaoS, Jan Hubicka, started to work on GCC and later he began his PhD studies at the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. His latest version, 3.1pre3, was still unreleased. Some other developers tried to put together some small fixes and they released version 3.1.
Currently Zoltan Kovacs is the maintainer of XaoS, an assistant teacher PhD student in mathematical analysis at the University of Szeged. He tries to collect the patches and control the further developments.
What are the new aims for future versions?
The final version of 3.1 had main capabilities for internationalized texts. This was coded using a rather bad programming solution so we want to clean up the code for version 3.2 and also enhance the translations towards a full work.
Another issue is the didactical use of XaoS. Many people use XaoS to teach fractal theory or introductory analysis. If you are such a teacher, please contact us. A didactical approach of the fast real-time zooming method, introduced by Jan in the early versions of XaoS, is already submitted to Zentralblatt für Didaktik der Mathematik, see a Word document for viewing the preprint. You can also try an initial version of the Real-Time Zooming Math Engine which uses the Hubicka-algorithm for the visualization of some complex variable functions, using the color wheel.
XaoS 3.2 should be also used for user entered formulas. We also started to work on a user friendly formula entering interface, formconv. Its successor version (not yet available for the public) will support libformconv which will give the opportunity to use not only hard-coded formulas in XaoS.
What can I help?
We need translators for internationalization.
We also need someone who writes the wxWindows interface for version 3.2. Volunteers?
Artists and hobby fractal explorers are also welcome to generate new fractals for the tutorials and make other example pictures for XaoS.
There are many bugs and misspellings in the documentation and on this website, too. If you are a native English speaker, you are welcome to report such bugs to the developers. Thanks! :-)