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Seek Ye the Gnarl!

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CELLAB.  Discrete-Valued Cellular Automata Laboratory 

*Originally released as CA Lab: Rudy Rucker's Cellular Automata Laboratory for DOS by Rudy Rucker and John Walker. Autodesk 1989.
* Rewritten by JohnWalker as Cellab 2 for Windows around 1996. As of Windows 7, however this version doesn't work..
* Rewritten as Cellab with the WebCA Javascript HTML5 app by John Walker in 2017. It runs in any web browser on any machine. (Maybe.)

The CelLab Cellular Automata Laboratory WebCA 2017 edition manual is available in HTML form. It includes good material about the architecture of the program and about the sample rules.  This manual, by the way, is where Rucker first uses one of his favorite phrases: "Seek Ye The Gnarl!" 

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Run the WebCA Demo!!!!


=================Obsolete Cellab 2 Info In This Box===================

Cellab is is a public domain freeware program by John Walker and Rudy Rucker.

The Cellab 2 Cellular Automata Laboratory is the Windows version of a package originally called CA Lab: the Rudy Rucker Cellular Automata Laboratory, and sold by Autodesk, Inc. The main Cellab program JC.EXE was written by John Walker and includes some rules by Rudy Rucker. Enjoy it, back at last, the fastest and best 2D cellular automata program ever written!

Download John Walker and Rudy Rucker's Cellab 2 Cellular Automata Laboratory Software as an archive file, CELLAB2.ZIP.

If you live in Europe and have trouble with the download, go to John Walker's site, which is in Switzerland.

CELLAB2.ZIP includes the JC.EXE program by John Walker, which is a Windows port of a the CA.EXE program which was formerly sold by Autodesk as CA LAB. In addition there are a number of new JC rules which were not in the CA LAB release. The CA LAB DOS-window program RC.EXE by Rudy Rucker is included as well.

The CelLab 2 software and its support files are being distributed as public domain freeware and may be used for any purpose without obtaining permission from Walker and/or Rucker.

John Walker's source code for CelLab 2 is here. You can do anything you wish with this code, but it is completely unsupported--you are entirely on your own. John has not looked at this code since 1997, and cannot answer questions about it.

The material is distributed as shareware which remains under the copyright (C) 1997 Rudy Rucker and John Walker, and which cannot be used for any commercial purpose without written permission from Rucker and Walker.

For a really amazing Java-based online CA simulator with some of Cellab rules implemented, see Mirek's Java Cellebration by Mirek Wojtowicz.

Also see Rucker's continuous-valued CA software, CAPOW.

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