CoGe is an upstart VJ app on the Mac, built on the foundations of Quartz Composer as a standalone VJ app. It’s been winning over some converts already – as indicated in our recent survey. But here’s the big release: version 1.0, a ground-up rewrite, which in turn debuts the app as a commercial tool.

For the best overview, see the brand-new version 1.0 quick start video at top.

Highlights new in this release:
Native support for Syphon (for interconnecting with other Mac visual apps)
Arbitrary layers
Mixer chains

Speaking of Syphon, for you projection mapping fans, here’s a good tutorial:
Connecting CoGe to MadMapper via Syphon

More info:

There’s a fully-functional demo with everything but save/load. US$99 to buy, with an intro price of $79 through September 10 (+VAT). And no, it’s not free and open source any more. I’m only a little sad that it isn’t both commercial and open source, as I’d be interested to see someone try that model. But, that said, the fact that it’s built atop Quartz Composer means it’s very easy to extend with QC plug-ins, which is very cool, as is support for the open source Syphon framework. And it’s clear that the commercial part of it is necessary to support better development.

Let us know if you’re using CoGe and what you think of it – and what you’re doing with it!