Fractal Terrains - What do you like about it?

Simon RogersSimon Rogers Administrator, ProFantasy Traveler
I'm working on marketing copy for Fractal Terrains, and I could do with a little help from our stalwart community supporters. So, I have two questions:

Do you remember what it was about Fractal Terrains that made you want to buy it, before you bought it?
Now that you own it, what are the outstanding features?


  • question 1) I looked it over and saw I could make random islands and continents. My ideas for such things aren't very imaginative.

    question 2) I have used it to create several large islands for my campaign, along with an entire 'pocket universe' Jungle area.

    The islands were part of a random world. The Jungle World was an entire random world.
  • edited July 2011
    I remember that I was looking over various ads for programs like Terragenesis, Mojo-world, etc., for a project idea that I was mentally toying around with - and I came across a link on the net to Fractal Terrains Pro. I immediately wanted it because it looked to me like a great product with a lot of important features, the user interface on the demo version seemed very intuitive to me, and best of all, unlike it's competitors - it was extremely affordable.

    Outstanding features? Wow - where AREN'T there outstanding features? I have a choice of tailor crafting or random generation, The graphics output is very nice, it's versatility of use with so many other applications (Profantasy and non-Profantasy apps) is extremely impressive, It's customizable by the user to perform beyond it's few "out of the box" limitations, the list goes on.
    What really impresses me is it's potential to give you "real world" data about your fictional, simulated worlds. Climatology, rainfall, elevation stats at point coordinates, just to name a few, are available to the user with little fuss or muss.

    I like Campaign Cartographer, and F.T. Pro is a good partner program. Campaign Cartographer will give you a good decorative version of your simulation model, but F.T. Pro can permit you the opportunity to see what your worlds are like from a more realistic perspective. Comparing Campaign Cartographer 3 to Fractal Terrains Pro to me is like comparing Animation to live action. Different - yet potentially very complimentary - two halves of the same coin. As a texture generator for 3d model planets for 3d scenes and to make planet icons / blazons with - it's unmatched by anything else that I could possibly think of - as a matter of fact - I don't think that a "true" instant planet texture generator ever even existed BEFORE Fractal Terrains Pro.
  • I remember looking at the webpage and thinking "this makes worlds", and just being blown away by the sheer magnitude of it.

    Once I got it, I could remember just sitting for hours (yes, hours, I'm a geek of the highest order, and proud of it), fiddling with the controls, see what did what, hitting next, next, next, seeing what worlds popped up, thinking "I can put a city here, and there, and this area would make an awesome country..."

    I knew that it could export to CC3, it said so on the "box", as it were, but finding out what map levels were all about (thanks, Joe Sweeney!), and realizing I could take that whole planet and then subject the power of CC3 to it, it was almost overwhelming. I could map a world practically down to the square mile if I wanted, with all my imagination poured into it. Even now, though I've owned it for years, I still get goosebumps.

    I still consider it one of my best software purchases ever.
  • To answer the first question, In my case I was looking for a program that would help me develop world maps for the sci-fi campaign that i am running. I needed to create worlds with a different look and feel from Earth. I also needed something that could generate realistic looking world maps that could be easily imported into Cosmographer and Campaign Cartographer, if i desired. The choice was pretty simple from that point, since FT works extremely well with both of those programs. I can also export directly to PDF's with the PDFCreator program if i wanted to as well, which is a huge bonus.

    To answer the second question, I can't say enough good things about FT to be honest. It's a fairly straightforward program that has the power and flexibility i was looking for. Yes, there is some learning curve. Not being a rocket scientist by nature or training, if i can figure it out, the vast majority of humanity can too :-)

    The power of the platform (especially with the Terraformer 0.5 package) easily outweighed the learning curve. I would very much suggest getting the Terraformer add on if you are really interested in creating realistic looking worlds.

    I could go on and on, but then you all would think it was a paid advertisement instead of a geek gushing about computer goodness :-)

    I've added a map that took me all of 10 minutes in FT Pro (including me fiddling with settings and cloud cover) and about 5 minutes in Cosmographer to finish. That about says it all i think.
  • Gorgeous map!
  • Q: Do you remember what it was about Fractal Terrains that made you want to buy it, before you bought it?
    A: To create an entire world at once, modify it, create the climate and make it into a spinning ball

    Q: Now that you own it, what are the outstanding features?
    A: To create and modify an entire world at once and to add climate paint pictures, cloud layers and calculate waterflow.
  • Simon RogersSimon Rogers Administrator, ProFantasy Traveler
    Thanks very much, guys!
  • Jay_NOLAJay_NOLA Traveler
    The ability to make a realistic world and use it with CC3 was why I wanted to buy it.
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