Seek Ye the Gnarl!
[In the spring of 2010, the Cellab software became semi-obsolete---in that it won't run under Windows 7. The "good" news is that Windows 7 can in fact run a virtual machine in Windows XP mode, if you download and install some free Microsoft virtual XP software. I tried this just now, and it works pretty well. You get a little window or a full screen which is an XP desktop. And CELLAB runs fine in the XP window—to make it easy to find your files, you drag the CELLAB folder from your normal C: drive (if that’s where it lives) onto the desktop of the XP Virtual machine window.]
This is a public domain freeware program by John
Walker and Rudy Rucker.
The Cellab 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
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 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
The Cellular Automata Laboratory text
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