- Initial Release Date
- July 2, 1994
- Color Palette
- Max Resolution
- License Status
- Freeware © Ed T. Toton III
- Ed T. Toton III (aka Necrobones)
Vortex will choose one of 8 sets of pattern equations and randomly generate a unique pattern every 50 seconds. It will then palette cycle with a random color palette. The patterns used by Vortex are fairly unique, most involving some sort of spiral or pinwheel, often overlapping each other. New patterns are drawn in over the prior in an interlaced manner (i.e. every other column or row). The screen will also sometimes be subdivided into up to 6 sub-sections, each with a separate pattern.
Vortex was initially released with only low resolution (320x200) support in v1.0, but provides support for up to 1024x768 resolution with v1.1. The newer release supports only 8 of the initial 10 patterns though.
Here are samples of each of Vortex's 8 base patterns for reference. Note each pattern has a variety of uncontrollable randomized parameters which will cause each image generated to be unique.