Custom Tools LiST

Graphics Software

General-Purpose Software

Processing is probably the most used platform for Generative Art. It is an “open source programming language and integrated development environment (IDE) built for the electronic arts and visual design communities”. Java-based. There is also a JavaScript port, Processing.js (with a nice example here: Algorithm Ink).

Nodebox – A Python based alternative to Processing. “NodeBox does less, prettier, in Python. Processing does more, uglier, in Java“. The new version 2.0 is finally available on Windows.

vvvv is “a toolkit for real time video synthesis”. Not only video – vvvv also handles audio and static images quite well (see Eno Henze: Reality Foam. for a beautiful example).

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Configure OpenGl and Processing in NetBeans 6.01

How to configure NetBeans 6.x to run OpenGl enabled Processing sketches

After some jours of hair-pulling, I have stumbled upon this thread explaining how to configure NetBeans to run a Processing applet in OpenGL mode :-).

It seems that the path to follow is this one :

  1. –  Right click on the ‘Libraries’ folder in the left hand column and “Add JAR/Folder”, then in the dialog box locate the opengl.jar & jogl.jar files inside :
    ../Processing XXX/libraries/opengl/library/ folder
  2. Right click on the name of the project in the left hand column and select properties. Then in the box that pops up (Project Properties), click on the “Run” link in the left column. In the VM Options field you want to enter:
    -Djava.library.path="/Applications/Processing XXXX/libraries/opengl/library" 
  3. Running the application now will work, but if you try and run the compiled JAR of your application from the /dist/ folder, you will find it won’t work unless you copy some files into that directory.
    For Mac you need to copy all the *.jnilib files and for PC it is the *.dll files from : 
     ../Processing
    XXXX/libraries/opengl/library/
    into the /dist/ folder.

Isn’t that nice ? Now I can use the full-fledged NetBeans IDE (and hopefully auto-completion) to code my Processing sketches.
 

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