Origami 1.2 Update Available

Origami has been updated to version 1.2 bringing with it a host of updates.




What’s new in 1.2:

  • By popular request! — Added an iPad device to the Phone patch, specified from the Phone Dimensions patch
  • Added functionality for designing in Landscape mode in addition to Portrait mode, specified from the Phone Dimensions patch
  • The Phone patch now shows a touch point instead of the mouse cursor
  • Added a new Browser Chrome patch, which styles the viewer window to look like a web browser when the composition is running
  • Added a new Browser Buttons patch, which gives you the state of the back and forward buttons from the Browser Chrome patch
  • Added new Hex to RGB and RGB to Hex patches, which convert hex strings to RGB values and vice versa
  • Added a new Index Switch patch, which switches between multiple index values and remembers its current index
  • Added a new Velocity patch, which outputs the difference in value between the previous frame and current frame
  • Added new Cursor Control patch, which allows you to hide or change the appearance of the cursor
  • Redesigned Quartz Composer’s toolbar icons
  • Images now keep their names when dragged onto the canvas
  • Improved plugin loading in some cases




Facebook develops new app Paper using Origami and Quartz Composer

The latest Facebook application has just been released and once again was prototyped in Quartz Composer using the Origami add on that was released at the end of last year.


Fastcodesign has a great article that goes into how the Facebook Design Team went about prototyping the application.

Head over to fastcodesign to read more http://www.fastcodesign.com/3025932/facebook-develops-a-photoshop-for-interaction-design-and-its-free-for-anyone-to-use

Origami – A design prototyping toolkit for Quartz Composer

Origami is a new Plug-in and Macro set for Quartz Composer that expands it’s functionality as a design tool. Launched recently by the Facebook Design Team  ( http://origami.facebook.com/ ) it provides a set of tools intended to make interaction prototyping easier.


The main Plug-in adds a few nice features and finally brings Retina Support to the QC Editor. As well as the Plug-in it also install a bunch of macros that replicate a lot of in built functionality and repackages them in a more user friendly manner. There is also a bunch of example files to get show it all in action.

It look like the project could bring some new people to the world of Quartz Composer which will be a great thing. There has already been some updates to the github page as users have posted about bugs.

Check out https://github.com/facebook/origami for the latest build

http://facebook.github.io/origami/ for the latest installer.


Also worth checking out is this interview with one of the Facebook design team talking about their ideas behind using Quartz Composer.