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Project Description
PanBrowser original site


(sorry, i'm a bit obsessed with the dark/light green theme...)
Stripes with Caustic boxes with Caustic tiletext with Caustic ??
Pan.stripes.png Pan.tilebox.png Pan.tiletext.png rotors.png
bumpSwirl another bumpSwirl star swirl herringbone with caustic
Terrys.bumpSwirl.png Terrys.bumpSwirl2.png Terrys.starSwirl.png Terrys.herringbone.png
rainbowRings with flower
butterfly or bat.png

GUI Features

Images and Transforms can only be written in the F# source code and compiled, but images and transforms can have parameters varied at runtime and can be composed:
  • Selection of images and transforms (currently only one transform, but planned to be multiple)
  • Sliders to set parameters to the functions
  • Standard scale, rotate and translation sliders for pre- and post-transformed image
  • Button to Save image
  • Background rendering of successively higher resolution images up to four-times oversampled (antialiased)
  • 3D Images and transforms - using a marching cubes algorithm to plot an outline or iso-surface
  • Trackball to rotate 3D images
Planned features
  • Gallery feature to display multiple images, transforms or combinations of settings
  • Animation features to allow settings to be varied continuously - possible make this a screen-saver mode
  • Runtime editing and compilation of new images/transforms

Example Image Functions

For example, here's a Mandlebrot set in F#/Pan:

//an image is a function that takes a Point (x,y) and returns a bool or Color
let mandlebrot p =
	let rec checkMand z i =
		if i > 200 then black
		else if (distFromOrigin z) > 2.0 then
			intToColor i
			checkMand (addp (complex2 z) p) (i+1)  // recurse with z=z^2 + p
	in checkMand origin 0


And here's how you turn it inside-out:

let polarTransform xf = toPolar >> xf >> fromPolar

//a Transform is a function that takes an image function and returns a new image function
//so F# type is (Point -> 'a) -> Point -> 'a  
let radialInvert = 
    let invert (r, th) = ( 1.0/r, th ) in
    transformImage (polarTransform invert)


See Also: ExampleImages; Sliders

Inspired by
Similarly inspired by Conal Elliot, Ken Peril, etc, and with an 'interesting' writing style: - my challenge is to replicate his great example images in F#/PanBrowser - Functional Geometry is only slightly different, and this shows an F# example

Great Graphics sites

Greg Egan - Great hard sci-fi plus graphics demos
Ken Perlin - professor, graphics guru, demo-writer extraordinaire, star!
Craig Ventrella - graphics demos defying explanation
Matrix Ping Pong - so cool, i trust you've seen it already - Visualisation scripting with great examples

Last edited Jan 6, 2010 at 8:27 PM by terryspitz, version 15