PFinder 1.2 is here!
Your utility to locate Apophysis parameters has been updated! It has become sleeker, faster and more intelligent. Here are all the changes I made:
- Reworked user interface
The user interface of PFinder 1.11 was fancy looking but while it was out there in the open, it has been shown that people wish for a more simple design. You have been heard! Not only that the interface has been trimmed down to a minimal load, it is also compatible to computers with weak graphic cards, Microsoft Windows Vista/7-systems without Aero (such as the basic editions) and Microsoft Windows XP.
- Reworked search engine
The search engine has been completely overhauled. I used a parameter library of 30,000+ fractal flames as a test basis and optimized the engine so it now takes two seconds to build up the index (while the program starts) and five seconds to search for a particular term in them using an Intel Pentium D CPU with two cores.
- Reworked user input
The options "search by name", "search by variation" and "require all variations" are removed. PFinder now lists matches in the flame name and the variation list. By wrapping your search text into quotation marks, you can search for either exact names or require all variations in a flame. More about the search options later!
Here are the steps you need to do in order to make PFinder 1.2 run:
Just download PFinder using the big button on the bottom of this journal.
Extract the archive to a place you want to install PFinder to (such as "C: Program Files PFinder")
- Install .NET
Execute "Install-DotNET3.5.exe" by double-clicking it. This program installs the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. It may tell you that it does not need to install this on your computer which is absolutely fine in this case. If you have Microsoft Windows 7 installed, it will tell you that you need to use the control panel. In this case, you also don't need to take further actions because Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 is already installed on all Windows 7 computers.
- Run PFinder
Double-click "pfinder.exe". It will open as a gray bar on top of your screen. Click the "Settings" link. With the "+"-button, you can add folders which contain parameters for Apophysis. Add some (or PFinder won't find anything) and click "Save". The program may "hang" a few seconds, depending on how many parameters were in the folders you added.
- That's it!
Feel free to make a shortcut to "pfinder.exe" on your desktop or to pin it on your Microsoft Windows 7-taskbar!
How to use PFinder
After PFinder is installed and you added some search folders, you can type in search terms in the gray bar on top of your screen. It works pretty much as you would search something using Google. Here are some examples of search terms:
- some flame i made
Finds all flames containing any of the words "some", "flame", "i" and "made". It would also find flames which use plugins which are named like any of these words but I don't think there are any with these names.
- "some flame i made"
Finds all flames which are named "some flame i made". It will also find flames where this phrase is a part of the name.
- splits elliptic spherical
Finds all flames which use either of the variations "splits", "elliptic" or "spherical".
- "splits elliptic spherical"
Finds all flames which use ALL of the variations "splits", "elliptic" and "spherical".
Enough talk. Where can I get it!?
There is no deviation page for PFinder anymore. Instead, you can download it from my web server. Use the big button below!
I would like to notice that this program was created in my free time. I don't have much of this currently. I am in need of a lot of money and thus need to