Fractal Science Kit Windows
These pages describe each type of window supported by the Fractal Science Kit fractal generator.
Please note that throughout this documentation, for historical reasons, many screen shots were generated on a machine running Microsoft Windows XP but Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 users should have no trouble following along.
The Open Documentation toolbar button opens the documentation in your browser to the page that describes the window or the currently selected properties page on the Properties Window. The Open Documentation toolbar button is a small round blue button with a question mark in the center and is the right-most toolbar button on most windows. Those windows that do not have the Open Documentation toolbar button usually have a Help button for this purpose.
The Fractal Window is the main window for the Fractal Science Kit fractal generator and is the window that displays a fractal image. The Fractal Window has menu and toolbar controls that provide access to all the other windows supported by the application.
The Properties Window is used to access the Properties Pages associated with a fractal. There is a separate Properties Window for each Fractal Window. You can display the Properties Window by executing the Properties Window command on the View menu of the Fractal Window.
The Data Information Window provides access to detailed information in the form of a histogram, about the distribution of data values computed during the fractal iteration. There is a separate Data Information Window for each Fractal Window. You can display the Data Information Window by executing the Data Information Window command on the View menu of the Fractal Window. The Data Information Window is automatically closed if the associated Fractal Window is closed or minimized. This window is rarely used.
The Information Window displays a small amount of textual information relating to the generation of a fractal. There is a separate Information Window for each Fractal Window. You can display the Information Window by executing the Information Window command on the View menu of the Fractal Window. The Information Window is automatically closed if the associated Fractal Window is closed or minimized.
The Error/Debug Window displays application error messages and output from the Debug Methods. There is a single Error/Debug Window for the entire application. You can display the Error/Debug Window by executing the Error/Debug Window command on the View menu of the Fractal Window.
The first way is to check the Preview Julia item on the Tools menu of the Fractal Window (or press the Preview Julia toolbar button) and then click on the fractal image to set the Julia Constant and generate a Julia fractal preview. The preview is based on the properties that were in effect when the Mandelbrot fractal was generated. That is, any changes to the properties pages since the Mandelbrot fractal was generated have no affect on the resulting Julia fractal. As long as the Preview Julia item is checked, additional clicks on the fractal image will update the Preview Window with the Julia fractal based on the new Julia Constant. The Preview Julia menu item and toolbar button are disabled on Julia fractals, Orbital fractals, and L-System fractals.
The second way to display the Preview Window is to click the Preview Fractal toolbar button on the Fractal Window or the Properties Window to preview the fractal resulting from changes you have made on the Properties Pages. If the Zoom In or Zoom Out state is active on the associated Fractal Window, the zoom is applied to the preview as well.
The Macro Editor is used to view/edit macro code, including the built-in macros, My Macros, and any file containing macro definitions.
The Color Selection Dialog allows you to input 1 or more colors, and is used to edit all color properties.
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