The goal of this chapter is to explain the formula editor window for Lindenmayer systems. So if you have questions concerning the theoretical background, please read chapter LSystem Theory.
The upper part of the window is filled with a list box, presenting all LSystem formulas currently known to ChaosPro. You can change the name of each formula simply by selecting it, changing the name in the entry field above the list box and pressing return.
Beneath the list box there are 6 buttons:
The lower part of the window then allows you to define the formula. The values presented there are those of the formula you selected above in the list.
A formula consists of three parts: The axiom, the angle and a collection of transformation rules.
The axiom is the starting point for the string replacement system. The angle specifies the default angle. Each "+" appearing in any transformation string means rotation by that angle counter clockwise, whereas "-" means rotation by that angle counter clockwise.
Well, if you read and understood the theoretical chapter LSystem Theory, then you know that the whole LSystem scheme simply consists of a string replacement system, appied upto a recursion depth of "maximum number of iterations" (this value you specify in parameter window 1 of a Lindenmayer fractal). And after that number of iterations all you have is a huge string. And this string is interpreted. Following there is the list of commands. If ChaosPro does not know what to do with a character, then it is ignored.
The standard (i.e. most common) drawing commands are:
Normally you should use the commands above. But sometimes you need greater flexibility, and for those cases the following commands exist, which are applied using a totally different angle pointer.
Confusing? Well, in fact, but I had to implement those commands exactly that way in order to be compatible to FractInt. An example:
Angle=4 (i.e. 360/4 degrees=90 degrees)
Rules: No rules
You will see something as follows:
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The direction defaults to 0 degree (i.e. points to the right). The current location is at coordinate (0,0), the origin, the line size is 1.
In order to obtain not only single coloured images, one can change the color. It defaults to index 1 of the current palette and the index into the currently selected palette can be changed by using the following commands.
Some advanced commands, which do not fit into any category above are:
The initial line size is not 1, it is 1/(2^maximum iterations). So if you increase the number of iterations, most of the time the LSystem image will be smaller than before, making it necessary to zoom in. FractInt does not know such problems, because FractInt first calculates the LSystem and then adjusts the line size, so the image perfectly fits into the window. But because ChaosPro allows zooming, it must not resize the fractal as FractInt does. And if ChaosPro would leave the line size equal to 1 for each iteration, then the fractal would grow if you increase the number of iterations.