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Author Topic: Fraqcel ~ A fractal explorer for MS Excel  (Read 1274 times)
Description: Release of version 2.1
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kaludix
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« on: February 08, 2016, 12:44:01 AM »

Hello.  I’d like to share my fractal explorer (Fraqcel) with fellow fractal enthusiasts.  This one requires Microsoft Excel 2007 or later running in Windows.  Although this program will never be as fast as a well written non-spreadsheet code, if the optional DLL files are used, the speed should be reasonable for basic exploring.

Fraqcel can be downloaded at fraqcel.weebly.com .  The Fraqcel website includes a PDF instruction manual and a short video covering using the program for the first time.

The main user interface and features are as follows:



Main features:
  • Ability to explore 4 fractal types (Mandelbrot Set, Burning Ship, Buffalo, Celtic)
  • Deep zooming capability using built-in arbitrary precision math libraries
  • Standalone design, no Excel add-ins to install
  • Customizable color palettes
  • Utilizes perturbation and series approximation techniques in order to reduce calculation times at deep zooms
  • Ability to create and export images of customizable dimensions
  • Both escape time discrete coloring and continuous (smooth) coloring
  • Multithreaded calculations and increased performance via optional DLL files

Comments and questions are welcome.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2016, 12:02:33 AM »

I haven't seen this post before (two months late).  Neat idea.  I haven't downloaded it yet, but tell me how do you use code? Doesn't that make it more prone to a macro virus attack?
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2016, 07:00:17 AM »

The VBA code is embedded into the Excel workbook and compiled at runtime.  One can access the VBA Editor in Excel using the keyboard shortcut Alt+F11 to view the code.

In addition to using a solid anti-virus program…
The default Excel macro security setting is to “Disable all macros with notification”.  If one is concerned about Macro viruses, all macros can be disabled upon opening the workbook via the notification prompt.  The user can then inspect the source code in the VBA Editor.  For example, the code that is set to run automatically when the workbook is opened is found in the Workbook_Open() subroutine.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 06:13:05 AM »

Version 2.2 is released.  Removed all ActiveX controls and therefore ActiveX permissions are no longer required.
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 03:16:33 PM »

lol fractals in Excel this is crazy smiley
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2016, 06:36:02 AM »

Version 2.3 is released.  Added 3 new fractal types: Beetle, Rotation Family, Perpendicular Burning Ship
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2016, 07:51:30 AM »

not only mandelbrot but series approximation and perturbation in a spreadsheet?  you guys are nuts   nerd
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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2016, 08:20:38 PM »

Version 2.5 is released.  Changed the Rotation Family fractal and added tools to help create videos.

Although this is coded into a spreadsheet, if the optional DLL files are used, Excel becomes more of a front end and the speed is reasonable.  Although the multi-precision routines are all in Excel, the beauty of using the perturbation technique is that the multi-precision routines aren't accessed much and don't become a huge bottleneck.
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« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2016, 08:05:16 AM »

Version 2.6 is released.  Improved automated glitch correction.
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