I've had Genetica for years. I can never get anywhere with it. I find it totally unintuitive and a nightmare to use, and always give up after a day or two.
I've got Genetica V4, basic edition.
I'm making this post just for feedback purposes, since if I could actually get anything useful out of Genetica I'd use it all the time. I expect I'll get responses complaining that I'm wrong, it's easy to use, and people use it all the time. Good for them. I'm afraid I can never make heads or tail of it.
I suppose the essential problem is simple. It's supposed to be a node editor. Cool, I've used node editors before, they're nice and simple, just connect the boxes up with wires.
But Genetica turns this elegant concept into some kind of confusing matryoshka nightmare. Whenever I wire anything up to anything, my layout gets reshuffled into "references", and then references within references. And then trying to get around within these boxes-within-boxes is an even bigger nightmare.
Within one or two attemps at making very basic layouts (a block of colour, a few noise filters, a constrast or brightness adjustment) I end up with some ultra-confusing mess of references to references, with no clear way to edit any of it.
*sigh* sorry. I know how unappealing a negative rant is. But everytime I try to use Genetica, it's the same thing. It insists on constanty re-organizing all my nodes with the result that I can't follow any of it, and can never actually make the effects and textures I want. I looked in preferences for a way to deactive this automatic "reference" grouping, but can't find anything.
So once again, I find myself giving up on Genetica and going in search of something else.