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LifeLab 3.x

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (528.84 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (993.50 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
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LifeLab_3.3.sit (577.81 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
LifeLab_3.2.sea_.sit (604.91 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
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LifeLab_3.1.sit (507.37 KB)
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
LifeLab_3.0.sit (499.57 KB)
MD5: 3a9d24744fa1b710ecc4a7145225db4a
For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

A sophisticated tool for the study of the famous Game of Life cellular automaton from John Conway. The application includes a complete internal documentation (see "About LifeLab") and is accompanied by a folder of patterns. Non-crippled shareware.

Main features (from the author's website):
- View and edit patterns at three scales (1/4/8 pixels per cell).
- Automatic growth of grid size if a pattern gets too big.
- Automatic detection and deletion of isolated gliders.
- Automatic detection of oscillating patterns.
- Search for new Spaceships, Oscillators, Still Lifes or Methuselahs.
- Change the transition rules and examine other forms of Life.
- Cut/Copy/Paste patterns via the Clipboard.
- Read/write patterns in a variety of file formats.
- Includes a huge collection of patterns.

Top download: LifeLab 3.4 (1998)
2nd download: LifeLab 3.4 (1998) packaged for Mini vMac
3rd download: LifeLab 3.3 (1998)
4th download: LifeLab 3.2 (1997)
5th download: LifeLab 3.1 (1996)
6th download: LifeLab 3.0 (1995)


LifeLab 3.6 (2001), the final 3.0 Series version, is still MIA.


Original author's website at the Internet Archive:

See also: LifeLab 4.x

Architecture: 68k PPC

Minimum requirements:

From the "Read Me" file:
"LifeLab is a "fat" application that runs on every Macintosh model from a Mac Plus up to a Power Mac, and under any System version (well, almost - 4.1 and up to be precise). It will also work with any type of monitor."

Version 3.4 tested successfully on:
Mini vMac for Mac OS X w/System 6.0.8
Basilisk II for Mac OS X w/System 7.5.5
SheepShaver for Mac OS X w/Mac OS 9.0.4


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by Idéfix - 2018, December 12 - 3:22am

For those who would like to have the latest and the most powerful tool for the study of cellular automata [or just for plain and simple fun], I strongly recommand to download the open-source application Golly from the same author. A high quality software able to run on different platforms: Windows (XP+), MacOSX (10.6+), Linux (w/GTK+ 2.x), iPad, and Android tablets.