Fractal kings return with a breathtaking iOS app
Posted 02 October 2013 - 04:44 AM
Kai Krause did not 'invent' Live Picture, which was the brainchild of the apparently brilliant mathematician, Bruno Delean. In fact, Kai may have been a little bit naughty and 'borrowed' some of Live Picture's extremely clever distortion algorithms for his Goo software.
Nice to someone of his great talents back in the game though.
Posted 02 October 2013 - 06:57 AM
Grant's correct about Live Picture, which debuted at a $3,000.00+ price tag. When it was aquired by another company they dropped the price to 7 or 8 hundred dollars. I bit. So much potential for the time, but SO buggy as to be virtually unusable. And then it dissappeared, Very much like Quark's $800. Immedia program. That was back at a time when Quark owned the desktop publishing market and were awful at tech support!!! They are a whole new company now, with great support. Funny what a little (InDesign) competition will do.
My numbers may be a little off, but all of this happened in the 1990s.
Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:17 PM
Goo was an entirely separate code base by Ben Weiss btw.
The same is true for Bryce, btw, which I would never ever claim to have written either - that was Eric Wenger, another extremely talented mathematician and coder. It was good fun to visit him in Paris repeatedly for over a year to put an interface around his creation.
That I did do
And Thinkman, of course you are equally correct in the assessment that LP was very early and very 'challenging' - for Bruno just as much as you.
Bit of a shame, there were some very useful concepts in LP, especially in 1994. I used it in a keynote with John Sculley in Paris with a 500 megabyte skull image, when PS in those days needed many minutes to even just open the file! In the end John bought the company, but I lost track of it after that.
A long time ago, slow machines, tiny screens, but... there was a hopeful spirit in the air, which I do miss in the industry these days. Don't you ?
Posted 07 October 2013 - 07:42 AM