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We noticed there was a constant income of recurring questions about Apophysis on the group's homepage, so I collected the most common ones and Xyrus-02 kindly answered them for us :).


Getting started
  • Where do I get Apophysis? Is it expensive?
    Apophysis is free, open-source software. That means, it does not cost you a cent. In addition, everyone is able to change the software using
    the available source code. This is also why there are different
    versions of Apophysis:
    • Apophysis 2.x
      The "official" or "main" version of Apophysis. You can download it from Apophysis.org
    • Apophysis 2.08 3D
      The original Apophysis 3D hack. You can download it from Sourceforge.net (where you can also get newer beta versions of Apophysis 2.x)
    • Apophysis 7x
      A popular version of Apophysis including all 3D features, better support for Windows Vista and Windows 7 and a big set of new features (such as enhanced coloring mechanisms, flame previews and templates) This is the most recent and most frequently updated version out there. You can get it from =Xyrus02's homepage at xyrus.clan-boa.com
    • Apophysis 2.x JK
      Another popular modification of Apophysis 2.x. It does not contain 3D features but it has an outstanding system to detect missing plugins, a sophisticated way to embed your flames into rendered images and many more features. You can get it from ~Lu-Kout's SourceForge project page
  • Which version of the software is the newest? Which version should I get to make 3d flames?
    The newest version out there is Apophysis 7x. It has also the ability to make 3D flames but may perform poor on older computers. In this case, you should get Apophysis 2.08 3D.
  • How do I install Apophysis?

    • The official version comes with an installer which installs version 2.02. After that, you can download a newer release and place the .exe file in the install directory. If you want to install Apophysis 3D or Apophysis JK, you do it the same way (download the official installer and then place the latest .exe file in the install directory)
    • Apophysis 7x comes with its own installer. Just download it and install it like every other program.




    • Where can I find flamepacks/scripts?
      You can find them here and here.


    • Can I run Apophysis on Mac?
      Officially not. However, the latest versions of each Apophysis variant have been proven to run fine using the free software Wine. However, this software is a bit tough to handle. So if you are not really into this tech stuff, you may want to use a (commercial) simplificating user interface like Crossover. You can also check out this helpful news article .


    • How can I make animations?
      You can either use the script Apophymator or flam3. Please check the corresponding documentations to learn how they work.


Plugins
  • How do you get a plugin to work?
    For Apophysis 2.x, Apophysis JK and Apophysis 7x, you must create a folder at the install location named "Plugins" and move the downloaded .dll files in there (the .c files are not for end-users but for developers - ignore them if you don't need them)
    For Apophysis 3D, the folder must be named "Plugins3D".
  • Where can I find plugins?
    Plugins can be found here. There are also plugins listed in the Fractal-Resources and Apophysis-Plugins groups on deviantART. The most popular choice is the Aposhack all-in-one plugin pack - but beware! Do not install all plugins at once. Apophysis can only handle a specific amound of plugins at a time depending on the amount of system memory (RAM) you have installed. If you get error messages, remove some plugins and try starting Apophysis again.
  • When I open Apophysis I get an error message "access violation at address [...] in module [...]. Write of address [...]" How can I fix that
    Most likely, you have too many plugins installed. Try removing some first. If that does not work, try resetting your settings:
    1. Click Start/Run or hit Windows+R
    2. Type "regedit" and click OK
    3. In the left area of the now opened window, browse to "HKEY_CURRENT_MACHINESoftware"
    4. If you are using Apophysis 2.x, 3D or JK, delete the item "Apophysis 2.0" by clicking it and pressing "delete" on your keyboard. If you are using Apophysis 7x, delete "Apophysis 7x".
    5. Close the window and try starting Apophysis again

    If nothing of that helps, backup your flames, delete the Apophysis folder (and all settings as shown above) and download and install the most recent version of Apophysis.


Scripts
  • How do I run a script?
    In Apophysis, click "Script" in the main menu, then "Open...". Select the script file you have downloaded or saved and click "Open" in the dialog. Then just hit "F9" on your keyboard.
  • Is there a tutorial about writing scripts?
    There is a scripting reference manual written by the community. Also, ~datagram wrote an excellent scripting tutorial.


Rendering
  • How can I render my flame?
    By just hitting Ctrl+R in Apophysis. When you have done that, a window opens where you can adjust settings like image size, render quality and target file. Click "Start" when you are ready and then be patient! :)
  • Why do I get a transparent background?
    You have chosen PNG as the output format. If you do not want transparent backgrounds, click "Options" in the main menu, then "Options" again. On the "General"-tab at "PNG Transparency", check "Disabled" and click OK.
    Alternatively, you can just render as BMP or JPEG (which do not support transparency)
  • Which are the optimal settings for a render? How can I get rid of the grain?
    Usually, setting "Quality" to 4000, "Filter Radius" to 0.7 and "Oversample" to 2 is okay. If you want to render prints, however, consider higher settings. An image size of 1024 in width is okay for web images (to upload on deviantART)
    For prints, calculate the size the following way:
    print_size = web_size * desired_dpi / 96
    So for example, if you want to render a 3000x2000 image at 300 DPI, calculate as following:
    width = 3000 * 300 / 96, height = 2000 * 300 / 96
  • Please also consider high oversamples and qualities for prints. If your image still contains grain, increase the quality again.</li>
  • Can I continue using Apophysis while running a render?
    Yes, if you got a relatively modern PC.
  • How many renders can I run in the same time?
    This depends on your processor (CPU) power. It is not recommended to start three or more render processes at once, however.
  • Can I only render to PNG format?
    No. The format is decided by the file extensions you give in the "target" field. Allthough, only PNG supports transparency.
  • What effect does oversampling actually have on the quality of the image?
    Oversampling effectively smoothes out jagged edges. For example, if you render at oversample = 3, the image is rendered three times the given size, smoothed and then scaled down to the given size.
  • When I try to render there is an error message "List index out of bounds -1". How can I fix that?
    Usually, it is sufficient to restart Apophysis. If that doesn't fix the problem, delete your settings as described above.


Flames
  • How can I make a flamepack? How can I save more than one parameter per file?
    Apophysis generally saves flames in .flame files, which are actually collections of fractal flames.
    If you click the "Save" button in the toolbar, a dialog opens. The field on the top is the path of your flamepack. The field on the bottom is the name of the flame within the flamepack.
  • What's the maximum number of transforms I can use for a flame?
    Generally 100. Apophysis 7x, however, has two additional versions: the "lite" version, which allows only 50 transforms to save memory, and the "T500" version, which allows 500 transforms.
  • When I try to load flames/parameters I get a error message saying "Error: no colours in palette". How can I fix that?
  • Your flame is likely corrupted. Apophysis saves a backup whenever it adds or removes a fractal flame into or from a flamepack. Restore the last backup named "(your flame file name).bak".</li>
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UnderlandDigital Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014   Digital Artist
thank you! =) I ended up figuring it out by myself but thank you!
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Psyolopher Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have Apophysis 7x 15 and 16 installed in seperate foldsers. I downloaded some scripts in my script folder, but the script function isn't there?
Does anyone know how to resolve this?
I remember in previous versions of Apophysis, it used to be where the PLUGINS option is now.
They're not the same thing. I have a scripts folder AND a plugin folder.
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CopperColour Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
I seem to remember reading that the script function was removed on a recent version of Apophysis7X.
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PhoenixArisen Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Had forgotten some of the basics of rendering fractals so this is much needed. Thanks again for being such an invaluable contributor to the fractal community Xyrus!!!
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Flockling Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am having trouble getting plugins to work in 7xC.  They used to work on my old PC(Vista in the past.  New PC has Windows 7. 64-bit) and now I am not sure why.  I copied the plugins that I wanted(only about 5 plugins, so far, aside from the default ones). I copied them after extracting from the ZIP and put them into my 'Plugins' folder in the main Apophysis folder but they do not appear with the rest in the Editor window, when I open the program. I even searched them manually in the text search box above the Variations/Triangle tabs to no avail.

Does it make a difference where I unzip Apophsis7xC at?  I don't think it does, but, I have tried creating a New Folder(and renaming it Apophysis) on my Desktop as well as in my C: and in C: Program Files folder. I make the New Folder first because it's a lot of files to copy/paste if I just unzip straight onto the desktop or C:,  or C: Pogram Files folder.

I have tried multiple plugin packs, as well.  I would love it if someone could help me! I even bought a brand new computer just so I could come back and make more fractals and render them more efficiently. =(  I've spent about 5 hours so far trying to fix this or find a specific answer that will help me get the Plugins to show up and function in the Editor window.

Thanks and sorry for the long'ish post.
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IkazuDasWhale Featured By Owner May 4, 2015
I've been having the same problem trying to install plugins :P i feel it might be because they're outdated..? but i don;t think that should make much difference :p
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DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I can't install Apophysis 7.  When I extract the file it won't let me open the application.  It comes with 32 bit and 64 bit.  I have windows 7 and 64 bit. It says the program can't start  because of missing MSCVR110.dll is missing and I have to reinstall.  I reinstall same issue. 
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Argothar Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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:icondevioussqurl:
DeviousSqurl Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you :).  I already found this and it fixed the problem.  But thank you very much for the reply.  It works now.
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BladesEternal Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most helpful pile of Apophysis information I have yet to come across. Thank you so freaking much!
:D
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:iconargothar:
Argothar Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Glad it could be of some help :)
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Kathie-Chicoine Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
Thanks for all the wonderful information-it's very, very helpful!
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White-Shadow-Eagle Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
When I go to render a flame, it says it needs other variations of plug ins / dll files and lists them. Problem is they are in there ... any suggestions? 
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cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the only thing i can think of is if maybe the plugins were not the correct version of that plugin. or not in the correct directory 
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Lydia3811 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
it's apophysis 7X64. Any suggestions why?
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cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is the other problem is you are using a plugin wrote and compiled for a 32 bit system it won't work properly or sometimes not work at all on a 64 bit machine. The whole plugins system really needs to be re-vamped.
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Lydia3811 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
thank you!
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Lydia3811 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013
Hi! I have a very modern computer, or so I was told. But I encounter constant problems with apophysis. In short, plugins do not work the way they are supposed to - but some unusual way, or the output screen just turns black. Especially in 3d((((
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cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
mostly that is due to bad programming of the plugin.  If the code isn't wrote to prevent memory leaks it is going to fail and cause issues. 
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Lydia3811 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
but is there any fractal software out there that doesn't have ths problem?
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:iconcmptrwhz:
cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
any program that allows plugins will always have this risk as it opens the door for anyone to make a plugin and with that you need to depend on that person to be smart enough to do it correctly. 
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Lydia3811 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013
also, how long do you think it will take until the plugins are upgraded?
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
Does anyone know how to UNINSTALL Apophysis?
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:iconcmptrwhz:
cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You just delete the entire directory
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carloantonio25 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013
Thanks. I did and it worked.
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AgentBunni Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Question: How do I change the default image size? Portrait orientation doesn't play nice with my widescreen monitor.
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Syphonaptera Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Hello there, any Apophysis seems not to get 'installed' like other programs do. I cannot find any Apophysis in the program list.Instead the app just get activated. What;s wrong here? I have a XP Pro 32 bit OS.
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Nion-Won99 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks much! I am now starting fractaling again on new machine was missing the DLL's
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Steelsoldat Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Student Artist
If anyone can help me the plugins don't seem o be detected in apo 7x 15D
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Eviant00 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi!  All of a sudden, I'm having the issue of the 'List index out of bounds'.  I've closed and re-opened, re-set settings, deleted & re-installed and nothing has worked.  In the last two days, it's happened on three separate flames.  I thought at first that it might be that I had too many flames in one folder (like 10), but the last one that I discovered was in its own folder.  Has anyone else had this issue recently?  Hopefully I'm missing something obvious.  TIA!! :)
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Eviant00 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another Deviant suggested that I try opening the parameter file in notepad, which I was able to do.  Here is how it saved the parameters (which is clearly why it can't populate the flame).  Does anyone have any idea why it would save that way?  Thanks again!

<flame name="1" version="Apophysis 7x" size="1920 1080" center="0.677 0" scale="480" angle="0.0113446401379631" rotate="-0.65" zoom="1.025" cam_pitch="0.436332312998582" cam_dof="0.1" oversample="1" filter="0.2" quality="1" background="0 0 0" brightness="4" gamma="4" gamma_threshold="0.01" estimator_radius="9" estimator_minimum="0" estimator_curve="0.4" enable_de="0" plugins="" new_linear="1" curves="0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1" >
  <xform weight="1" color="0" symmetry="0.95" linear="1" flatten="1" spherical="0.01" coefs="0.342225 0.740833 -1.150848 0.06014 0.4277 -0.64735" opacity="1" />
  <xform weight="0.1" color="0.33" flatten="1" spherical="0.75" bubble="1" coefs="0.425307 -0.19602 0.355847 0.441589 0.711491 0.584602" opacity="1" />
  <xdata content="/9
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The-Apparition Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think I may love you for this....cannot imagine how I missed it  :hug:
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StuKarver Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Is there a way I can increase RAM usage or something to speed up the apophysis rendering?
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:iconcmptrwhz:
cmptrwhz Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
getting a computer with a higher ram capacity and a multithread cpu will increase the speed of rendering time.
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InPBo Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I can't get my downloaded plugins to work but i've done what you've said :/ how dpo i fix it?
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jkbbbx Featured By Owner May 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i propose the collabration render farm companies :D
this way we don't need to leave our computers on for long time to render BIG image (for example 50 000 x 50 000)
we can just send our project to the designated render farm company and let their machines do the hard work ;)
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:iconcmptrwhz:
cmptrwhz Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that would be a great project :) especially if they made apophysis render like the ultra fractal render where you can have many computers working on the same image at the same time.
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jkbbbx Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yup

becos while in the 3D CG area it's getting common for many companies offering renderfarm service at a affordable rate.

so was thinking if Apophysis had similar feature it will be great.
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:iconcmptrwhz:
cmptrwhz Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if i had a computer that was beefy enough I would do it.
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Steelsoldat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Artist
I certainly don't have the BEST computer but if you wanted me to render a semi-large one(not quite 50k x 50k yet i can't afford all the ram :P) I could try
had this idea a while ago- just don't have tthe funds yet
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Misti-Hammers Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello, I had a question: I downloaded Apophysis 7X recently and when I clicked file>new, it gave me a few different templates to choose from. But, after that whenever I open it, it only gives me a "blank template" option. I tried reinstalling it and again that first time it gives me multiple templates to choose from, then any other time I only get the "blank template" option. I even tried searching the Apophysis folder in my program files and could not find it. Any ideas?
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Nion-Won99 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I need to read more this answered a few questions I planned ask.
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toledoarauxo Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, a lot. Muchas, muchas gracias!
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LightningWalker Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
I have Apophysis 7, just downloaded it. I am trying to save my image, I can save the parameters. On my render window it does not have the preset window, so how do I save the image. All help and advise greatly received, thanks
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Steelsoldat Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Artist
You'll have to go to flame>render flame
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:iconlightningwalker:
LightningWalker Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013
Please bear with me, do I not need to put something into that like the parameters? I am very basic here.
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:iconsteelsoldat:
Steelsoldat Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2013  Student Artist
once you have the flame that you wish to render you will need to click on the gear icon at the top then set the size you wish to render at then click render

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LspazX3 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok so im using Apophysis 2.02 and for the life of me I can't find where to make the background transparent. I have looked through what you said and saw nothing about .png images. When I render in .png I get a black background. Help please?
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Argothar Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Apophysis 2.02 is very old. Maybe try a newer version.
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LspazX3 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Ok Thank you!
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