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Quartz Desktop allows you to view Quartz Composer Composition (.qtz) files on your desktop in Mac OS X 10.4.

What's a Quartz Composition? Quartz Compositions are screensaver-like files that can include rich data sources and render them using all the features of Quartz Extreme and Core Image. The best example is the RSS screensaver that ships with Tiger.

What's New

Version 1.0.1 fixes a small bug with window ordering. The Preferences, Open, and About windows should all open normally now. This version is also compiled as a universal binary.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.4, Developer Tools (optional)

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Springheelmac Member IconComment+96
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Also check out 'Wallsaver'. It lets you use any screensaver as a desktop background.

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Version 1.0.1
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This is mad-crazy-kewl! You know, I never even knew that I'd be seeing animated desktops, like that on my MacBook Pro. So, now I CANNOT wait to show it off to a Mac-sellout, a friend of mine who chose to go with some kind of D-E-doubletoothpicks laptop with Windows Vista. While I'm picking up some neat qtz compositions, like EarthWeather and Mr. Sparkle, for the screen savers, shoot, now I can use them as animated and smooth wallpaper? I can't wait to see his face; the poor guy sold out cuz he got a cheaper deal on a %ELL, but Macs rule!

Okay, there are some quartz comps that run a little slowly. Meteor, NoisyBubbles, Rainbow, Lines, Cube, and a number of others run really smoothly, while a couple, like CitiesoftheFuture and Lines seeemed to struggle a little. The size of the qtz files is generally so small, just start adding to your collection, but it'll make you giddy to see your desktop move behind your work! Most excellent!

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Version 1.0.1
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misstricky
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Awesome! Works perfectly! :)

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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Wow, stunning...

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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Also check out http://www.quartzcompositions.com for samples that can be run with quartz desktop.

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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Fun and a great way to show off Tiger's big guns!

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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down again!?

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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For all friends of quartz composer: have a look here for some additional quartz composer files: http://www.zugakousaku.com/tmp/quartz/index_e.shtml

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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To the poster below, there is an option to edit the published parameters, its right in the Prefs window...

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Yes, this is a handy app when demonstrating the powerful Quartz Engine in Tiger.
However, it would be even more useful if you could access those optional configurable parameters within a Quartz composition (if you have published them while building it).
I have made a couple of funky .qtz-packs and I can customize their options only using them as a screensavers. Please add "Published parameters" -menu soon to your nice app!

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Version 1.0
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Downloads 14,140
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License Free
Date 17 Jun 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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