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Be a virtual sculptor and create your own personal art in just seconds. Then use it as a background image to impress your friends. Play with the parameters to create an unlimited number of exciting 3D shapes. You can make the sculpture shiny by selecting an environment that will be reflected on the object.

Mandelbulb Raytracer is another exciting real-time ray tracer from Angisoft for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4. It renders the Mandelbulb fractal with high accuracy. Zooming makes an unlimited amount of detail visible.

Fractals are self-similar mathematical shapes in complex space. The Mandelbulb fractal is a 3-dimensional analog of the Mandelbrot set using an hypercomplex algebra based on spherical coordinates. This app uses the graphics chip of the iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4 to compute a 3D image of the fractal by ray tracing using OpenGL ES 2.0 shaders.

Double/Triple tap and drag the finger horizontally or vertically to change the shape of the Mandelbulb fractal. You can also set these constant in the Settings tab. The Settings tab also allows to enable an environment that is mirrored on the Mandelbulb fractal. The accuracy of the fractal surface can also be set here. If you have red-cyan glasses available, you can see the fractal with real depth by enabling stereo mode.

A one finger drag rotates the camera around the object, a two finger pinch is used for zooming and a three finger drag translates the camera. You can hide the tab bar to create a screen shot. Double tap to bring back the tab bar.

!!!! Important announcement !!!!
To take a screen shot, hold down the home button and then push the top button. The screen will flash and the resulting image will be placed on your camera roll. From there, you can sync it back to your computer, e-mail it to friends, or do anything else you can do with any other photo in your camera roll.

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Mandelbulb Raytracer screenshot 1Mandelbulb Raytracer screenshot 2Mandelbulb Raytracer screenshot 3

Version History

Launched Dec 28, 2009 (over 10 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 9 months, on average.

Dec 09
2019
(Current)
Version 2.01

- increased touch area of social media button
- fixed a bug with anti-aliasing

Dec 07
2019
Version 2.0

- Added social media sharing
- Support for dark mode
- Fixed some bugs

Mar 19
2018
Version 1.80

- Added iPhone X support.
- Optimized default rendering quality.

Sep 30
2014
Version 1.74

- iOS8 compatibility
- support for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
- bug fixes

Mar 31
2013
Version 1.73

- Fixed environment photo feature

Sep 20
2012
Version 1.71

- added iPhone 5 support
- reduced iOS version requirements

Dec 01
2011
Version 1.62

Improved shadows.

Nov 17
2011
Version 1.61

Added soft shadows support (penumbra shadows)
changed shading when environment is off

Oct 17
2011
Version 1.60

iOS5 compatibility
added high-resolution screenshot export to settings (limitation: no anti-aliasing for high-res export at the moment)
Note: Due to a limitation to trigonometric functions in GLSL shaders in iOS5, the power control does not work properly in this version. However, it produces some other very interesting effects!

Jul 23
2010
Version 1.50

!!! Important announcement !!!!
To take a screen shot, hold down the home button and then push the top button. The screen will flash and the resulting image will be placed on your camera roll. From there, you can sync it back to your computer, e-mail it to friends, or do anything else you can do with any other photo in your camera roll.

- you can now take photos of your environment. Your live environment is then mirrored on the fractal (it's really cool, but don't expect perfect results from only six snapshots)
- you can now import your own environment maps (cube maps) from your photo library
- added reflectivity slider
- fixed anti-aliasing update bug
- added compute rectangle

Jul 09
2010
Version 1.41

- Fixed color settings bug
- moved anti-aliasing option up

Jul 02
2010
Version 1.4

Added high resolution rendering support for iPhone 4
Improved rendering speed and quality

Mar 25
2010
Version 1.2

Added multi-threading for progressive rendering
Default rendering mode now uses environment mapping
Color of fractal can be defined when environment is color

Dec 29
2009
Version 1.1

- Added shadow rendering switch
- improved interaction
- fixed some bugs

Dec 28
2009
Version 1.0

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