In case you think that the default speed is boring (it is quite slow, to make XaoS smooth on a slow computer) you may change it by pressing arrow up/down. But faster zooming is more expensive, so if the speed is too high you will see little but funny colorful blinking rectangles.
A, play your favorite music, drink coffee and relax. I never tried this but it should be really relaxing! Many pictures in the XaoS gallery were discovered using the autopilot.
The autopilot also has some additional features. It turns back when the zoomed picture stops being interesting, and is able to spot when it's zoomed into a really boring part (or has reached the limit of floating point numbers) and restart zooming from the top.
5 are Mandelbrot sets of various power. The "normal''
Mandelbrot set is on key
6 is a fractal called octo. It is a fractal that Thomas
discovered in fractint.
7 is a fractal called Newton. It is Newton's famous formula for finding roots.
8 is a fractal called Barnsley.
9 is a fractal called Phoenix. It is a very nice and quite famous fractal.
0 is a fractal called Magnet. This fractal has quite a complex formula so it is
a bit slow.
Version 3.1 has 3 more fractal types. On most platform you
can display these fractals with keys
SHIFT-C, which will show you the fourth ordered
Newton, the Barnsley2 and the Magnet2
CTo see more about coloring modes, try the tutorial on Incoloring modes from the XaoS features overview.
Those cryptic names for coloring modes are mathematical formulae, where iter means number of iterations, real means real coordinate of last orbit, and imag means imaginary coordinate of last orbit.
You might also want to see the tutorial on Out-coloring modes from the XaoS features overview.
Like the coloring modes, planes have cryptic names. You guessed it, they're
mathematical formulae. Here
mu means coordinates in the normal
complex plane. If you have coordinates in
1/mu plane, and you need
coordinates in the a complex plane (to calculate the Mandelbrot set) you
simply use the coordinates as mu. Lambda is another plane that can be
converted to mu using a similar formula.
In the Mandelbrot mode, you can get a corresponding Julia by moving the mouse
to an interesting point and pressing
M. To get back press
again. Some fractals (Barnsley and phoenix) are already in their Julia
versions, because the Mandelbrot ones are boring. But by pressing
in such fractal you should get the Mandelbrot version, and by choosing another
point as the base point and pressing
M again you should get a
completely different fractal. The most interesting points for Julia sets
are at the boundaries of the Mandelbrot set. Most of the Julias inside or
outside the set are boring.
Jand a small Julia set will be displayed in the top left corner. Then move the mouse around with button 1 depressed, and the Julia for the point the mouse is over will be automatically generated.
P. XaoS will automatically generate random palettes. Many of them look ugly, so press
Pagain to get another one until you find one you like.
filter menuor press
Y. In the truecolor modes you need to enable the palette emulator filter first. This is done via the
Ekey, or from the filter menu.
Press and hold
arrow right and wait until iterations are high enough.
This may slow down calculation much. To reduce number of iterations
.gifimages, you may change the resolution. This can be done by pressing
=in the full screen drivers, or simply by resizing the XaoS window.
This action is bit dangerous, because XaoS can crash during initialization if there is some problem with initialization; XaoS tries to initialize a new driver, and if it fails it attempts to return back to the original. Sometimes this is impossible, and all XaoS can do is terminate..