Protocols

Quartz Composer 3.0 in Leopard contains templates for Graphic Animation (Keynote backgrounds, etc); Graphic Transition (iMovie '08 transitions); Image Filter (iChat effects); Music Visualizer (iTunes visualizers); RSS Visualizer (?); and Screen Savers. Create a new composition from one of these templates, put your composition into /Library/Compositions (or ~/Library/Compositions if you're timid) and it will be available to any application that requests a list of that class of composition.

I've been playing with the iTunes visualizers and iChat effects. I put a few in the "Compositions" page. This sure makes it easy to extend the built-in effects; I'm amazed more online publications (especially Ars Technica!) haven't expounded on this feature at length. Video effects for the masses! Viva la revolution!
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Sam's Quartz Composer Site Rebirth

After installing Leopard on Friday and seeing how much they've added to Quartz Composer, I've decided to start tinkering with it again. Since I don't even have the files or software used to create the old site, I'm starting over with a DreamWeaver site. Hopefully this time I'll be able to keep it a little more organized.

I plan on posting most of my old compositions as well as any new ones I create on the Compositions page, and I'm going to try my hand at some custom plug-ins now that they're officially supported and post them as well and post them on the Custom Plug-Ins page. I'll also have to check out all the old sites like QuartzCompositions.com and see what's up over there.

Last time I got into Quartz Composer I didn't have a kid (now I have two), so don't expect as quick progress as I used to make...
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