Tuesday, November 20, 2007


Mountains by B. Haller & T. Elmore.
©1990-92 Berkeley Systems Inc.

Part of the After Dark 2.0 collection.

I've always like the Mountains module. When first released it was one of my first exposures to the complexity that is possible with a computer. This was like the random baby brother of VistaPro without any of the complexity.

The mountains still look pretty cool today and thankfully, this is one of those modules improved on modern systems as the rendering time is now instant. When After Dark was first released, the mountains would take sometimes take minutes to draw depending on their complexity and the system you were running.

MOUNTAINS(tm) uses fractal mathematics to provide many and varied landscapes for your viewing pleasure.

"View" changes the look of the mountains so that in some cases they don't even look like mountains at all.

"Planet" provides different planet landscapes.

"Complexity" allows you to choose how many iterations the mountains will take to draw. The higher the complexity the longer it takes to draw.

Bring the landscape closer with the "Zoom" slider.

Original design and concept by Ben Haller, Eli Meir and Mouse Herrell.

Works under Windows XP & Vista in greater than 256 colors.


CresceNet said...
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swerve said...

I ran AfterDark on my Macs for years. My favorite module looked very much like a screen-sized lava lamp. I'm blanking on the name. Does this ring a bell?

David Donarumo said...

There are a couple of modules that could be described as lava-lamp-like. The first one that comes to mind is "Swirling Magic" from the After Dark 4.0 collection. This was the same collection that saw "Hula Twins" and "Rock, Paper, Scissors" if those ring any bells.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, no, none of those ring bells, but I did remember a clue. In the early part of the 1995 movie "The Net," Sandra Bullock's character has several monitors set up in her home. One of those monitors is running the AfterDark module in question.

I'm embarrassed that I remember this, but I was very amused to see it onscreen, knowing it was on my own computer.

Regrettably, I can't find a screen cap, but I'll keep looking.