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Three fractal screensavers for OS X Lion

14 June 2012 4,832 views 6 Comments

fracture is a nifty and free os x lion screensaver that generates fractals, but not in an animated fashion. It's just cool, but there's no wow.

Whether you understand the mathematics or not, fractals are beautiful and, though number nerds will fight over calculation and display methods, there is no wrong way to enjoy them — here are three OS X 10.7 compatible fractal screensavers.

Fracture (image above, video demo) is a screensaver that draws fractal images. These are images created from mathematical formulas, and are often very beautiful. It can draw a variety of types of fractals, and is very configurable. It’s multiprocessor- and multimonitor-aware, so it’s a great way to show off tthe power of your Mac, too! — get Fracture 1.4, shareware, $10.

Electric Sheep (image below, video demo) is a screen saver that owes its name to Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. It realizes the collective dream of sleeping computers from all over the internet. — Electric Sheep 2.7, free, purchase additional art.

FractalClock (video demo) was inspired by a Mathematica toy. With automatically adjusting locators that can be at any angle relative to the “trunk” of the tree, which is the hour hand in the screen saverFractalClock 1.1, free.

I’ve installed and tested all three of these fractal screensavers on my 2007 iMac running OS X 10.7.4 with dual displays — no problems. That said, if pushed to choose a favorite, I’d go with Electric Sheep as it is animated and more visually engaging.

Your mileage will vary…

eletric sheep is a free os x lion fractal screensaver that's animated and it pops.

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