When I was writing an article on the Mandelbrot set, I looked for software to generate illustrations. Needless to say that there is lots of stuff available for a colorful subject like that. But, lo and behold, I discovered that the venerable Fractint still exists, and is actually still maintained! The program was originally released in 1988. The latest release, at the time of writing, dates from February 2012. Being a Linux user, I installed xfractint, the X version of the software. Everything about this software reminds me of the olden days, starting with the opening screen, which shows the Mandelbrot set rendered using the original VGA 256 color palette:
Are you old enough to remember this? www.fractint.org and associated websites really breathe the atmosphere of the golden days of Fractint. Some of the sites still have “Made with Notepad” badges, do you remember those? Anyway, it’s really cool that Fractint is still under active development after all these years. Keep up the good work, guys!
Encore: When going through my old images, I also found the example below. This is a file that I created with Fractint on 9 January 1991 (yes, I’m that old ☺). It shows a detail of the Mandelbrot set. Click on the image for the original (GIF) file.