Tiera-Zon 2.7

Not all fractal programs do the same thing.

I'm not sure why I wrote this program off back in the summer of 2002 when I discovered fractals. I downloaded almost every freeware fractal program I could find.

I think now the reason I couldn't get interested in it was because it didn't make photo-realistic fractals like Sterlingware does.

I see now it was a phase I was going through; I thought photo-realism and 3D stuff was the apex of digital art. Now I appreciate more the abstract qualities of Tiera-Zon: shape, forms, lines, cut-outs, carve-outs.

Strangely enough, that's the sort of thing I've been pursuing with Sterlingware lately, and I'm surprised that the same author, Stephen Ferguson, made both programs because they seem so different.

Color seems more straightforward in Tiera-Zon. Tiera-Zon has a lot of formulas which combine with what seems like every rendering option possible.

I've only been using it for about three hours now; maybe I'll discover a few more things. It took me about half an hour to get a grasp of how to work with it because there seem to be so many menu options and they have such a wide range of effects and I was getting dizzy and confused.

What can I say? There is no ultimate or singularly best fractal program, although Ultra Fractal certainly comes close to being the most widely used one. They all work differently and have a different profile of strengths and weaknesses.

Do all painters or sculptors use the same tools? We choose the tools which give us the best results. Have you "chosen" the program you work with or did you just go with what "everyone's" using.

Get out of the wheel ruts. Hey, get rid of the wheels. Run wild and free! Find a new way to iterate.

So check out a new fractal program or two. We won't be an orchestra if we all play the same instruments; just a bunch of worthless vagrants sitting in garbage and playing the same old song on a half-busted harmonica dripping something disgusting out the end while decent people walk past and wonder what happened to make us into such a pathetic pile of wretchedness.

Not a pretty picture is it?

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