Resources

A place for help and resources.

Where to download Quartz Composer for 10.7 and above.

Quartz Composer is free and comes as part of Graphics Tools which is available for free download directly from Apple. You need either a paid for or a free developer account and you need to be logged in.

https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action?name=quartz

It lists all the Lion, ML and Mavericks Graphics Tools packages, although you do need either a paid for or a free developer account and you need to be logged in.

Graphics Tools October 2013 is compatible with Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

For OS 10.7 Lion you will need Graphics Tools January 2013

For 10.6 and below Quartz Composer can be found in the Additional Downloads folder of your install disc and will install with xcode.

New to Quartz Composer

 Skynoise has created a guide aimed at showing non-programmers – how some concepts from animation / video editing / motion graphics / post-production can be recreated inside Quartz Composer.

http://www.skynoise.net/quartz-composer/compositing-and-quartz-composer/

Learning Quartz Composer is a book by Graham Robinson and Surya Buchwald and gives a great introduction to getting to know the basics of Quartz Composer.

It is available from most online book shops.

http://www.iloveqc.org/books

Using Quartz Composer as UI design tool? Check out Origami. A set of Macro’s and Plug-in released by the Facebook design team that add some great functionality to Quartz Composer.

http://facebook.github.io/origami/

Dave O Brien made some of best videos that show how to get started with Quartz Composer as a design tool in a series of videos where he replicates the functionality of Facebook Home.

https://vimeo.com/channels/fbhomeqc

Where to put Quartz Composer plugins.

One of the most common problems when getting started with Quartz Composer is having Plug-ins installed in the wrong places. It is always advisable when moving to a new system or install of Quartz Composer to check you have the most up to date version of each Plug-in and install them one at a time as and when you need them.

For a detailed guide on where to install Plug-ins and how to identify when a Plug-in need to go in the Patches folder see below.

http://kineme.net/HowToInstallCustomQuartzComposerPatches 

Gives the instructions for the installation of Kineme’s plugins whose GL Tools are the most oft enquired of when conspicuous by their absence.

How to identify if a plugin uses a Public or Private API

To check whether a plugin is public or private API:

Right-click on the plugin and select “Show Package Contents”

Open the “Contents” folder
Open Info.plist
If the property list has a key called QcPlugInClasses, it is a public API plugin.
If the property list has a key called GFPlugIn, it is a private API plugin.

http://kineme.net/forum/Programming/PublicandPrivateApiPluginsFolder#comment-26359

Where to download Quartz Composer for 10.7 and above.

https://developer.apple.com/downloads/index.action?name=quartz

It lists all the Lion, ML and Mav graphics tools packages, although you do need either a paid for or a free developer account and you need to be logged in.

Graphics Tools October 2013 is compatible with Mountain Lion and Mavericks.

For OS 10.7 Lion you will need Graphics Tools January 2013

Join the Quartz Composer Discussion List

https://lists.apple.com/mailman/listinfo/quartzcomposer-dev

This mailing list is intended to be a discussion forum for users of the Quartz Composer technology in Mac OS X.

Please note that the Mailing List is not a replacement for formal bug reporting and feature requests using bugreporter.apple.com.

To browse the archives to this list, please visit the Mailing List Archives.

https://lists.apple.com/archives/Quartzcomposer-dev

Accessing hidden preferences

Hold Option + Any of the tabs that appear in the preferences window.

The options are System settings, Editor settings, and QuickTime integration settings.

There is a option in the hidden preferences Editor tab that will allow you to disable saveless documents.

Disable App Nap for Quartz Composer in Mavericks

Right Click on the Quartz Composer application and select Get Info and there is a option to “Prevent App Nap”

Some of the commonly used plugins for patches posted to the group.

Kineme  GL Tools - http://kineme.net/release/GLTools/16

Kineme Audio Tools - http://kineme.net/release/AudioTools/11

1024_Structure_Tools and all other _1024 Plugins - http://1024d.wordpress.com/qc-plugins/

v002 Plugins - http://v002.info/

Free Noise Industry Plugins - http://www.noiseindustries.com/fxfactory/

[install FX Factory to obtain these]

Syphon for Quartz Composer http://syphon.v002.info/

 

Where to find the example files 10.7/10.8

 The example files for Quartz in 10.7/10.8 are located inside the app itself.

Right click on the Quartz Composer application

Show Package Contents > Contents > Resources > Examples.

Quartz Composer learning resources

http://qctwit.blogspot.co.uk/

http://kineme.net/wiki/KinemeWiki?noredirect

http://www.quartzcompositions.com/phpBB2/

http://vjkungfu.com/archive/quartz-composer-lighting-3d-cubes-and-moving-them-with-audio-input/

http://www.hybridvisuals.nl/

http://vidvox.net/

https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/GraphicsImaging/Conceptual/QuartzComposer/qc_play_ib/qc_play_ib.html

https://developer.apple.com/search/index.php?q=quartz+composer

https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/GraphicsImaging/Reference/QuartzComposerRef/_index.html

http://www.iloveqc.org/

http://books.google.de/books/about/Learning_Quartz_Composer.html?id=4LTYKZXlHkMC&redir_esc=y

http://vidvox.net/wiki/index.php/Quartz_Composer

http://devmaster.net/forums/topic/3432-ray-tracing-quaternion-julia-sets-on-the-gpu/

Problems with standard line patch outside of the Quartz Editor

Since OS X 10.7/10.8 there has been a know bug in the Quartz Composer API that means the standard line patch will not render in any other apps except the Quartz Editor.

This means that the standard line patch cannot be used in most of the popular VJ applications.

Bug Reports
I encourage people to file a bug report on the Apple Bug Reporter.

Apple has recently been merging and closing Quartz Composer related bugs that are submitted.

https://bugreport.apple.com/

Graphics Tools Forum

There is a Graphics Tools support forum where you can post in the Apple Developer forums.

Apple have recently been active in responding to queries on here although mostly directing people to use the Bug Report system.

https://devforums.apple.com/community/tools/graphics

Applications that use Quartz Composer

VDMX - http://vidvox.net/

2V-P - http://www.2v-p.tv/

CoGe - http://cogevj.hu/

MadMapper - http://www.madmapper.com/

Resolume - http://resolume.com/

This list of resources has received contributions from members of the Quartz Composer user group on Facebook.

Thanks to all that have contributed.

https://www.facebook.com/notes/quartz-composer/problems-with-quartz-composer-read-this-first/10151894018457652

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