[Updated:] Check out the new QuartzComposer blog; I’ll be reading! -PK


I looked earlier this week at Quartz Composer, an interactive eye candy development tool that not only creates slick RSS newsfeed screensavers, but even allows audio and MIDI input and outputs MIDI control, perfect for live performance and VJing.


Developer Pierre-Olivier Latour has posted an extensive description of Quartz Composer at VJCentral. Quartz Composer is in fact a descendent of the now-defunct PixelShox, a free tool with a cult online following that is now unsupported. But there’s no need to shed tears for PixelShox: Quartz Composer is a completely different product, a major leap forward taking advantage of OS X Tiger’s new Core Image features.


Bottom line: Quartz Composer is free in Tiger and just another reason to upgrade. All you need to do to get it is install the developer tools from the OS X installation DVD — you were going to install it anyway, right? Go check out VJ Central for the full links, and stay tuned for more QC info here in the coming weeks.

  • Guest

    Tiger Installer/Upgrader and the Developers Tools are all on the same DVD.

    The Dev Tools installer is right there in the Finder window of the DVD when mounted.

  • admin

    Didn't mean to imply there were two DVDs; thanks for the correction.

  • Guest

    There's also a simple, elegant image-processing app for exploring all these cool new Image Units in the same folder with QC: Core Image Fun House. Open any image on your system, then click on the + sign in the Effects Stack window (the one in the box that shows the image, not the one at the top) and you'll see all the new Core Image filters and can apply them, stack them, then save your results as a jpeg or tiff… Spiffy! (Makes you wonder why anyone would spend $50 on iMaginator from Stone Studio…)

  • Guest

    There's nothing you can do in Fun House that you can't do in Quartz Composer, and the GUI is far more elegant. Fun House is useful to programmers because Apple included its source, and it shows you how to embed Core Image effects into your app. Unless you're developing that sort of app, just stick to Quartz Composer.

    (By the way, someone set up a Quartz Composer blog at http://www.quartzcomps.com/ )

  • Guest

    One thing I could do in Fun House that I couldn't do in QC was "get it" and make it useful in about 2 seconds, without having to google around for some docs (which lead me to FH). Thanks for assuming you know exactly what all the rest of us need, but can I have your Exalted Geekiness's permission to point out other options that may suit some purposes and some users better, please? And last time I checked, "elegant" means "…pleasingly ingenious and simple," not necessarily the GUI with the most knobs on.
    Different strokes….

  • admin

    I think the suggestion there was that Fun House was developed just as a technology demo (read: limited capabilities), whereas Quartz Composer is intended as a full-fledged tool. QC is more interesting not just because of its greater geekiness, but because you could do more with it — like VJing. But you're right, it can be harder to use — so I (and others) are working on tutorials. Then ALL of us get a little geekier AND more powerful — everyone's happy. 😉 Stay tuned for those.

    Peter

  • Guest

    When I'm Tiger-wowing my digital-music-creating buds who aren't VJs (it does happen…), but maybe do or would play around with iPhoto or PS, I'm gonna show them Fun House, not QC…at least until I gobble down all those up-coming tutorials-can't wait! Thanks!

  • Guest

    I was googling around, ant it turns out there was aready a quartz composer… for the PC:
    http://www.digitalsoundplanet.com/SoftwareHouse/P

    LOL! Shouldn't Apple hire an intern to check their product names? =P