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EVOLVOTRON(1)			  Evolvotron			 EVOLVOTRON(1)

NAME
       evolvotron  -  Creates  generative  art	by an interactive evolutionary
       process.

SYNOPSIS
       evolvotron [Qt options] [options]

DESCRIPTION
       evolvotron is interactive  "generative  art"  software  to  evolve  im-
       ages/textures/patterns  through an iterative process of random mutation
       and user-selection driven evolution.  Basically it displays a  grid  of
       random  images;	you  click on one you like and the rest	of the grid is
       refilled	with variants of the one you picked.

       This man	page describes only the	command	line options.  A more complete
       manual  fully  describing usage via the application's GUI is accessible
       from the	application's "Help" menu once it is running.

GENERAL	OPTIONS
       -a, --autocool
	    Enable autocooling by default.

       -F, --fullscreen
	    Start in "fullscreen" mode (window	manager	 permitting).	[Press
	    "Esc" key to revert	to normal windowed mode].

       -g, --grid
	    colsxrows  Number  of  columns  in image display grid (defaults to
	    5x6).

       -h, --help
	    Display a summary of command-line options and exit.

       -j, --jitter
	    Enable sample jittering.

       -m, --multisample
	    multisample	 Enables  antialiased  rendering.   Valid  values  are
	    1,2,3,4.   This specifies the size of the sub-pixel	sampling grid,
	    so 1 provides the default one-sample-per-pixel behaviour, while  4
	    provides 16	samples	per pixel on a 4x4 grid.

       -M, --menuhide
	    Start  with	 menu  and status bars supressed.  [Press "Esc"	key to
	    display them].

       -p, -spheremap
	    Create spheremaps instead of planar	textures.  NB The middle-mouse
	    adjustments	will not behave	as expected in this mode.

       -S, --startup
	    filename  Specify  a  function file	to be loaded on	startup.  This
	    option can be used multiple	times, and  any	 positional  arguments
	    will  also be interpreted as such.	Loaded functions are placed on
	    the	grid from left to right, top to	bottom;	if multiple  functions
	    in	excess	of what	is needed to fill the grid cells are provided,
	    the	extras will be ignored.	 If the	grid is	not fully filled  with
	    startup  functions,	 the remaining cells are filled	at random nor-
	    mally.  Note that resetting	the application	will reload the	speci-
	    fied  function files again.	 Also note that	using this option mul-
	    tiple times	has the	potential to generate a	lot of	loading	 error
	    dialogs if e.g the path to all the files is	wrong.

       -U, --shuffle
	    Use	 in conjunction	with -S	/ --startup options, randomly shuffles
	    the	order the specified startup images are displayed in.  A	 fresh
	    shuffle will be also be used when the application is reset.

ANIMATION OPTIONS
       -f, --frames
	    frames Number of frames to animate (defaults to 1 i.e no animaton)

       -l, --linear
	    Vary  z linearly with time rather than sinusoidally	over animation
	    period.

       -s, --fps
	    framerate Specify rate at which animations are  displayed  (as  an
	    integer number of frames per second).  Defaults to 8.

POWER-USER / DEBUG OPTIONS
       -D, --debug
	    Debug  mode.   Currently simply sets function weightings so	virtu-
	    ally all function nodes are	FunctionNoiseOneChannel.  This is  re-
	    ally  only	useful to developers in	conjunction with the -F/-u op-
	    tions.

       -E, --enlarement-threadpool
	    Use	a separate thread pool for computing enlargements.  Using this
	    option  ensures  computation of enlargements continue to make some
	    progress even while	the main grid is  being	 actively  worked  on.
	    However,  this  will be at the expense of main grid	rendering per-
	    formance.  Without this option, enlargements'  final  high-resolu-
	    tion renderings are	invariably lower priority than computation for
	    images in the main grid.  See also the -N option  to  control  the
	    priority of	threads	in this	pool.

       -n, --nice
	    niceness Niceness of compute threads relative to the main applica-
	    tion thread	(defaults to 4).

       -N, --Nice
	    niceness Niceness (relative	to the	main  application  thread)  of
	    compute  threads  dealing with enlargements	(defaults to 8).  Only
	    effective in conjunction with  a  separate	enlargement  threadool
	    (--E option).

       QtOptions
	    The	 Qt GUI	system recognizes an number of additional options (for
	    example, standard X11 things like -geometry	<width>x<height>; con-
	    sult  the Qt documentation for more	information).  Note that these
	    don't use the Gnu "double minus" option style used for  evolvotron
	    options.

       -t, --threads
	    threads  Number  of	 compute threads in a thread pool (defaults to
	    number of CPUs)

       -u, --unwrapped
	    Use	with the -F option to stop the specified function  from	 being
	    wrapped by a random	colouring and spatial transform	node.

       -v, --verbose
	    Verbose  mode.   Probably  most  useful for	getting	a list of sup-
	    ported function names for use with the --F option.

       -x, --favourite
	    functionname Force a specific function type	to be used at the  top
	    level  of  all  new	image function trees (wrapped by random	colour
	    and	spatial	transforms, unless  the	 --unwrapped  option  is  also
	    specified).	 This can also be controlled from the "Favourite" dia-
	    log.

EXAMPLES
       evolvotron -F FunctionSpiralLinear

       evolvotron -F FunctionKaleidoscope -u

AUTHOR
       evolvotron was written by Tim Day (www.timday.com) and is released  un-
       der  the	conditions of the GNU General Public License.  For further de-
       tails see the application's "About" dialog (accessible from the	"Help"
       menu), or the file LICENSE supplied with	the source code.

SEE ALSO
       evolvotron_mutate(1), evolvotron_render(1)

www.timday.com			  16 Oct 2009			 EVOLVOTRON(1)

NAME | SYNOPSIS | DESCRIPTION | GENERAL OPTIONS | ANIMATION OPTIONS | POWER-USER / DEBUG OPTIONS | EXAMPLES | AUTHOR | SEE ALSO

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