Three fractal screensavers for OS X Lion
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 saver — FractalClock 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…