What's new in Ultra Fractal 5?
Here is an overview of the most important new features.
With the new layer groups feature, you can organize layers in groups, which makes fractals with many layers easier to work with. Because a layer group has a separate merge mode, this also makes new creative merging effects possible.
Select multiple layers
You can now select multiple layers and edit them together by Ctrl-clicking or Shift-clicking in the layers list in the Fractal Properties tool window. For example, you can easily move or delete multiple layers, apply a new fractal formula, or edit parameters that all selected layers share. Likewise, it is also possible to select multiple transformations in the Mapping tab of the Layer Properties tool window. This makes it much easier to work with fractals that have many layers or transformations.
Import PNG, JPEG or BMP images in your fractals with the new image import feature. Simply select a coloring algorithm that contains an image parameter, and you can select any image on your computer to use.
The coloring algorithm determines how the information from the image is used. For example, the standard Image coloring algorithm just displays the entire image in the fractal window.
Formulas with classes
Formulas in Ultra Fractal can now use separate sub-formulas, which are called classes. This allows formula authors to easily re-use common formula features in many formulas. A formula that use classes typically enables you to select those classes yourself, which is a very powerful way to extend the capabilities of a formula after it has been published.
For more information, see About classes in the Ultra Fractal help file.
The browser now includes a thumbnail view for formulas, parameter sets, fractals and gradients that gives a great overview of the available items.
To help you choose between the thousands of available formulas, Ultra Fractal now contains a rating system for formulas that makes it easy to see which formulas you should try first, and which are no longer recommended to use.