Kosada's Quartz Composer department, aka Kineme, has come out with another new application: Quartz Builder allows you to easily create applications from your Quartz Composer creations, without having to muck about in Xcode. This nifty piece of software actually bundles together all the plugins and other files you need for others to use the products of your efforts in Quartz Composer, without having the same setup that you used to create them. A great boon to the usefulness and portability of Quartz Composer. Info and download link on the Quartz Builder profile page.
Announcing the release of Kineme's Performance Inspector! Performance Inspector performs a patch-by-patch analysis of the performance of your compositions while they're running, providing you with detailed information on which patches, exactly, are slowing your composition down. Info and download link available on the Kineme Performance Inspector profile page.
Announcing: the release of Kineme 3D! Kineme 3D provides support for 3D models in Quartz Composer including Twisting, Gravity, Scaling, Bend Boxes, and Quantization, as well as blending modes. Specs, download link, etc. can be found on the Kineme3D profile page.
Art-Net is a protocol for sending DMX data over IP networks. Kosada's Quartz Composer arm (codename Kineme) just released a patch to allow the use of Art-Net to send/receive data from/to Quartz Composer. Kineme Art-Net Tools actually involves two distinct patches for interacting with Art-Net devices, one to send and one to receive.
See the full Kineme Art-Net Tools profile for specs, video, download link, etc.
This year, Richie Hawtin's label m–nus celebrates its 10th anniversary with a series of interactive performance events called CONTAKT. Ali Demirel, Hawtin's visualist, uses a combination of Quartz Composer and other software to produce the show's video and also to interact with the audience. Here he talks about his use of Kineme to do this.
A little background: the most unique feature of the CONTAKT events is a lighted cube (pictured left) which contains an RFID scanner. Users who register in advance on the CONTAKT website have RFID chipcards which they can hold up to the cube's reader to interact with it in various ways.