More on Quartz Composer (Free Interactive OS X Tiger Tool)

[Updated:] Check out the new QuartzComposer blog; I’ll be reading! -PK I looked earlier this week at Quartz Composer, an interactive eye candy development tool that not only creates slick RSS newsfeed screensavers, but even allows audio and MIDI input and outputs MIDI control, perfect for live performance and VJing. Developer Pierre-Olivier Latour has posted an extensive description of Quartz Composer at VJCentral. Quartz Composer is in fact a descendent of the now-defunct PixelShox, a free tool with a cult online following that is now unsupported. But there’s no need to shed tears for PixelShox: Quartz Composer is a completely …

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Reader Reports: OS X Tiger + Music, Cheapest Tiger Price?

Reader reports on Tiger continue to come in; I’ll continuously update the CDM Tiger Report as they do, so check early and often! So far, experiences with Tiger have been very positive. I haven’t heard any horror stories from CDM readers, though as usual, you’ll want to double-check your hardware compatible. Notably compatible: MOTU hardware, PowerCore DSP hardware, most software. Notably incompatible: Pro Tools (as expected), and some M-Audio devices (though others appear to work fine). We’ve also seen some major new features for music, including the ability to network MIDI over TCP/IP, better device handling, and the cool graphic/MIDI/audio …

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Tiger: Free Real-Time Interactive Eye Candy Maker — Quartz Composer

Joshua Ellis (zenarchery.com) writes us with an insanely cool discovery on the Mac OS X 10.4 developer DVD. I’m still waiting on my Tiger shipment, but this will definitely be on my install. Josh writes: So I’m playing with the new Quartz Composer in OS X 10.4, which allows you to do weird sort of graphic installation-y stuff, plus design your own screensavers. It’s basically a drag-and-drop OpenGL composer, sort of like Max/MSP for making eye candy. You can load images or QuickTime movies and do real-time graphics processing on them. In the list of controller tools? MIDI Clock, MIDI …

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Tiger: Audio Drivers Prevent Restart/Shutdown, etc.?

Compatibility reports are coming in for Mac OS X Tiger. There are underlying Core Audio changes in 10.4, so you can expect some audio hitches. I’d especially like to confirm the possibility that audio drivers might cause freezes or prevent restart/shutdown. MacFixIt reports one reader’s M-Audio Revolution drivers were causing startup/shutdown issues. As always, do a full clone of your installation before you try Tiger. But once you have, has anyone else had driver issues like this? (If you are having problems, you might follow the MacFixIt reader’s advice and remove your driver.) Edirol and MOTU have driver updates as …

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Waiting for Logic 7.1, Tiger

Jeremy writes us to tell us Logic 7.1 may be delayed until as late as May 20; original estimates from the Apple Store had it shipping today (April 29). Take this with a grain of salt, though: Apple Store shipping reports have been known to be a little erratic from time to time. Here at CDM HQ, I’m waiting on both the new Logic and OS X Tiger. But you may not need Logic 7.1 for Tiger: early indications seem to suggest the current version of Logic, 7.01, will work with Tiger, so I’m going to give it a try. …

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OS X Tiger + Music: SPECIAL REPORT

Keep checking this page! Constant updates! To keep up-to-date with new features, compatibility reports, and other news regarding Mac OS X Tiger 10.4, this report will updated continuously. Drop us a line if you’ve got a tip! Remember, a lot of class-compliant USB hardware should just plug-and-play. -PK Click ‘read more’ for the full report.

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Update: PACE Copy Protection and Mac OS X Tiger Are Compatible

If you're planning to upgrade to Mac OS X Tiger when it is released, you'll still need to check with software and hardware vendors to make sure your setup is 10.4-ready, but PACE copy protection, used in many Mac music applications and plugins, won't be an issue. Andrew Kirk of PACE Anti-Piracy tells us: The previous mention of PACE incompatibility with Tiger is incorrect. PACE has provided updates of all InterLok tools to developers to support Tiger. The latest drivers, that support Tiger have also been posted to the PACE website.  End users will be lead through an update to …

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Mac OS X Tiger: Audio Improvements from Apple

As a cross-platform Windows and Mac user (I really have to be as a writer), I can tell you I really miss Mac OS X's brilliant Core Audio when I'm on Windows. And looking at Apple's updated Core Audio page for Mac OS X Tiger, Core Audio is only getting better: Core Audio file format allows 64-bit files (bigger than 4GB), supporting any QuickTime 7 encoding (uncompressed PCM, MP3, AAC, whatever you want) MIDI/Audio Device Aggregation takes the easy multi-interface support in X and ratchets it up a notch, with the ability to use multiple devices as though they're one …

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PACE – OS X 10.4 Tiger Compatibility Resolved (updated)

Updated: PACE copy protection has been updated and will be compatible with the shipping version of OS X 10.4 Tiger. Read CDM's updated report.

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April 29: Mac OS X Tiger

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is shipping, with delivery by April 29. US$129 to upgrade, but there's a bundle with the new iWork and iLife (including the superb GarageBand 2) for $249, and students/faculty can nab it for US$69. My OS philosophy remains: if you're an audio person, don't ever install the OS upgrade the day it ships. Wait a few weeks and see what bugs other people encounter, then once your drivers and such have been updated, take the plunge. Here at CDM HQ I have two Macs and plenty of audio interfaces, so combined with your reports we'll …

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