Hello. I am experimenting with Mandelbulb fractals in Arnold for Maya based on some examples from the Arnold documentation. When using the C++ source code and the provided DLL from the Arnold 4 documentation found here (see Source Code section):
everything behaves as expected when working with Arnold 4. Changing the different parameters has the desired response.
However, when using the more up-to-date Mandelbulb.cpp source code and it's corresponding DLL from the new Arnold 5 documentation here:
I have found that both the "power" attribute and the "julia" attribute do not work properly in Arnold 5. The "power" attribute merely seems to have a subtle scaling effect on the generated fractal, when it should instead have a very drastic effect on the overall form of the Mandelbulb. The "julia" parameter, intended to be a boolean switch which changes the fractal from a Mandelbulb to it's corresponding Julia Set fractal, simply causes the fractal to disappear. The Arnold procedural still takes time to generate points, just with no visual result.
I have used this tool - https://text-compare.com/ - in order to compare the two source code versions, but the math/procedure for generating the Mandelbulb appears to be the same in each. The only major change to the math I noticed was that the Arnold 4 version utilized a kind of optimized version of achieving some inverse square math based on some code from Quake3, but I created my own DLL from the Arnold 5 C++ code replacing it's regular "1/sqrt(x)" math with the Arnold 4 method and the issue still remained.
Arnold 5 seems to have several changes to its C++ API compared to Arnold 4, but my experience with C++ is fairly limited and I haven't yet found any obvious reason why the new source code does not behave as expected. If anyone with more C++ experience could take a look and see if they could spot the difference between the two code versions, I'd be grateful.
Thank you very much for reading this long post and taking the time to help.