Kaleider 4.9 was developed with a new compiler and an entirely different GUI system. Among other improvements, it includes 2 new Funnels, 2 new 3D Rooms and 3 new non-flat Surfaces. Further details below: (Also see Kaleider 4.9.1 and 4.9.2)
For both Funnels, there is an option to Replicate the Base Cone or
Base Spike, which causes that single Cone or Spike to be mirrored around the center to
produce the other cones or spikes. Otherwise, each cone or spike will be created
from its own portion of the source image, resulting in an entirely different sort of
effect. As with other Funnels, the final results can often be greatly
improved by rendering with Improved Quality .
The Carousel Room is round, with a domed ceiling. The patterns on the
circular wall, ceiling and floor are alternately shaded to provide an enhanced perception
of depth. With Roaming motion, you can experience a Carousel
in a variety of randomly selected modes. You might begin in the center and
watch the Carousel revolve around you, while gradually rising until you emerge
above the dome, look downward as it turns, then fall back down and through the
floor. Or, you might travel around the inside, near the Carousel wall,
either looking towards the center or looking along the curving wall. Or, perhaps
you will orbit around the outside of the Carousel, while ascending until you
can view the dome from above, and then descending until you see its flat bottom.
Of course you can also manually navigate around Rooms via keyboard
commands. By the way, new keyboard commands have been added to look
upwards or look downwards (the '*' and '/' keys respectively on the numeric keypad).
These stationary Queaser Surface images might look fairly calm. However,
when Wandering motion is active, the semi-irregular ridges of the Queaser
can be somewhat disorienting, possibly even nauseating to watch.
The Wings Surface roughly resembles spread, flapping wings -- perhaps an
exotic butterfly when combined with a colorful pattern. A final Improved
Quality rendering can often help make a Surface
image appear smoother and less pixelated.
Version 4.9.1 enables Kaleider to properly handle files and directories with names encoded in alternate character sets (such as Cyrillic, Chinese, etc.) -- a long overdue enhancement. Several other fixes and improvements are also included, most noticeable of which are the transparent tool panels.
Kaleider 4.9.2 was primarily released to fix a problem with the MIDI Control feature, which was causing lock-ups or aborts in some situations. (The Kaleider Screensaver was not affected by this fix, so it's still at Version 4.9.1.)
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