Fractal Mode tool window

The Fractal Mode tool window controls how mouse operations are interpreted by the active fractal window, shows context-sensitive help, and it provides live previews for the Explore and Eyedropper features.

To open the Fractal Mode tool window if it is hidden, click Tool Windows on the Window menu, and then click Fractal Mode. The Fractal Mode tool window will open automatically when it is needed to show previews.

Ultra Fractal fractalmode Fractal Mode tool window

Use the buttons on the left to select the active mouse mode for fractal windows:

  • In Normal mode, click and drag while holding down the Shift, Ctrl, or Alt keys to zoom, pan, rotate, skew, and stretch the fractal. Clicking and dragging without holding down a shift key enters Select mode by default. Double-click to zoom in twice. All mouse bindings are customizable in the Mouse tab of the Options dialog. The Fractal Mode tool window shows the current bindings.
  • In Select mode, a selection box is used to zoom. The area inside the box is expanded to fill the entire fractal window when you zoom in. The Fractal Mode tool window shows a preview of the new fractal, and contains additional options.
  • Switch mode is used to switch from Mandelbrot-like fractals to their Julia counterparts. This is possible because the Mandelbrot set is actually a map of Julia sets. Move the mouse cursor over the fractal and the Fractal Mode tool window will show a preview of the Julia set that corresponds to the point under the cursor. Click to open a new fractal with this Julia set.

If the Fractal Mode tool window is open and Normal mode is selected, it also shows context-sensitive help for the control that is currently under the mouse cursor. This also works for formula parameters. See Getting help.

For more information on a specific control, click the help button in the title bar of the tool window, and then click the control.

See Also
Normal mode
Select mode
Switch mode
Tool windows

Fractal Mode tool window