A Classic Gets a Facelift

Sterling2 Fractal by Jenn Dixon, 2009

I find it funny when bloggers blog about other blogs, but that’s what I’m going to do today, in a sense. Over at the Orbit Trap (A MUST READ FOR ANY FRACTAL ARTIST), they discovered a re-done version of Stephen C. Ferguson’s Sterlingware fractal program. It’s called Sterling2 and has been redeveloped by Tad Boniecki. It’s the topic of their 02/14/2009 post.

I’m not going to get into what’s new, different, and the changes that have been made in the program. All that’s been covered very well in the Orbit Trap entry.

Since I am dropping names, I will introduce those individuals. Stephen C. Ferguson is a one of the most prolific fractal art program writers, with most of his programming being done in the 1990’s. His programs include Tierazon, Ktaza, Vchira, and the aforementioned Sterlingware. Some of these programs are still available for free download.

Tad Boniecki aka Soler is a pioneering fractal artist who uses the above programs and creates stunning images. Take a look through his gallery; it’s a real treat!

Sterlingware is a program that I never really used (I have used some of Ferguson’s other programs), so I decided to give this revamped version a shot. The best one I got out of a few minutes of play is shown above. What do think?

With a little work, you really can get excellent quality out of these old programs, redone or as is. In fact, I know a few fractal artists that use Ferguson’s programs exclusively.

I really like Sterling2 and will be using it more. Want to give this program a shot? Download it from Soler’s web site. Included in the .zip file is a great set of starter instructions. I highly recommend it.

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