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Hello, 'bulbers!  For those of you who don't know me, my name is wolfepaw and I'm a primarily a fractal artist and a little bit of  a digital photographer.  hypnogoddess asked if I could take over the admin duties for her while she takes a much needed rest.  I told her I would be happy to do so, except, I haven't really done any mandelbulbs.  I have downloaded a couple of the programs, but I must admit, I'm a bit clueless when it comes to these.

So, I guess, for my first official act as a sub-administrator for the group, is to ask for input from the members here as to what their favorite Mandelbulb generating program is and do they know of any good tutorials for it?  I know Hypnogoddess has created a folder for tutorials, but, alas, it is empty.  Does anyone want to start filling it up with a submission of a beginner's tutorial for one of the more popular and perhaps, free Mandelbulb programs?

If any of you have any suggestions or tips that noobies might find useful, please post them as comments to this blog.  If any of you have any questions of me, please feel free to note me.

If there is something you would like seen done in this group, I'm open to suggestions as well.  I'm looking forward to meeting y'all (I'm from the southern US) and seeing all the fine looking mandelbulbs that you produce.  I am very interested in this fractal type, I just don't know much about it.  So, if any of you would like to help this old girl learn a little bit more about them, please feel free to jump in with both feet!

hypnogoddess will probably be away for a couple of months or so.  If you need to reach her, I would suggest noting her.  She may check in periodically, she just won't be administrating.

Even if you don't have any advice, suggestions, tips or tutorials, just stop by and say "Hi".  It's always nice to hear from the members!
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TexArcana1962 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2011
As AureliasCat said: Mandelbulber and Mandelbulb3d are probably *the* two programs at the forefront right now.

I've played with both and each has its advantages. I find it easier to navigate and setup keyframes in Mandelbulber; the step-based system is especially useful, if you want to create 3D images from two points of view. It also seems to somehow avoid the slicing you often get in Mandelbulb3D, when you zoom right in.

However, Mandelbulb 3D is way quicker in the rendering department and the lastest version (1.68) features a whole new set of formulae to combine and experiment with.

Both are well worth checking out and equally capable of producing stunning results, but the speed of Mandelbulb 3D means that more people seem to be producing work with it ATM.
kawardi Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Hi Peggi
I am just here to echo what Mark has said. In my experience Mandelbulb 3D works well on a lower spec PC, and brilliant on a faster one. I found it easiest to just play with and see what happens. I would recommend taking a few notes on what you have success with, so you can find the settings that work for you to start with. Then when you are comfortable try everything. This is a fun thing fractals that is, so experiment. I hope you get as much out of this 3D Mandelbulb as I have.

So good luck from me too!
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your input. And please forgive my delay in responding to your comment. I seem to miss things these days. I have been playing with :iconhaltenny:'s wonderful tutorial and I'm beginning to feel a little more comfortable with it. But I still have a lot of experimenting to try before I really feel like I have a grip on it.
AureliusCat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
Hi Peggi,

Thanks for subbing in on the admin duties! I've been enjoying your great fractal work for a long time now. As far as Mandelbulb programs - I think the 2 most popular right now seem to be Mandelbulber and Mandelbulb3d. I know there are others as well, but I've only played with these two myself - I only had limited sucess using Mandelbulber - Maybe because I don't have a fast enough computer. But I've gotten quite comfortable with Mandelbulb3d, so that is definitely my favorite and the one I would personally recommend. It seems to be gaining popularity with users in the DA community as well.

As far as tutorials, there doesn't seem to be much out there. I learned most of what I know so far by reading the doc that comes with the program and then doing a lot of experimenting!

Good luck! If I can be of any help, you can always note me and I'll try! :-)
wolfepaw Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much for your kind welcome! And thank you extra for saying such nice words about my fractal work.

I also have Mandelbulber and Mandelbulb3D, and I find Mandelbulber3D a much easier interface, but there's so much there and I really don't know what I'm doing. I appreciate your input and perhaps I can read the doc that came with it a bit more. Is there a tutorial built-in to the doc?

If I run into snags, I may note you and beg for help. I may just need to spend some more time with it. But, I appreciate the encouragement.
AureliusCat Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2010
You're very welcome! :-)

I don't think the doc had any tutorials in it - But I think there are some sample parameter files in one of the folders (\m3parameter) when you unzip that you can load, examine and play with. Make sure you have the most recent version - I started with an earlier one, then shortly after I think there were some updates - I'm using version 1.5.3 currently, which added a few formulas, a better navigator for zooming around to find the POV you desire, plus a few other updates I noticed ...

Feel free to note me anytime! I'd be happy to help more if I can!
Best of luck!
aka Aureliuscat
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