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This screensaver has had many people mesmerised. A simple principle - morphing dot IFS fractals - has created a wonderful experience for watching. Here's a small scale preview of two morphing IFSs, the Dragon and the Fern:
Now anyone can enjoy these animations, just download the screensaver and off you go.
Installation is a bit trickier than with your ordinary programs. Since there is no super-duper-flashy installer, you need to do everything by hand:
- Download the IFS compiled screensaver
- Unpack the rar with a decompressor of your choice. (WinRAR)
- ss_ifs.scr and ss_ifs.ini should go into the C:\Windows\System32 folder (or wherever your system directory is, it may be WinNT or System for some older systems - 9x NT, 2k)
- Set the screensaver up in the Dekstop Properties Control panel
The file ss_ifs.ini contains fractal definitions. You may add more right to this file easily with a text editor. The first line is the starting number of points. Then IFS fractal definitions follow. Each definition starts with a number of equations on a line, then so many lines filled with equation definitions - 6 coeffs and one probability. The four numbers following the definitions are the viewport boundaries.