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RobA
10-25-2012, 02:11 AM
I was slaloming the byways of the intertubes and for some reason came across something called NodeBox, which lead me to their current beta release of NodeBox2 (http://beta.nodebox.net/)

From the site:

NODEBOX CREATES GENERATIVE ART USING PROCEDURAL GRAPHICS. IT'S A NEW WAY TO APPROACH GRAPHIC DESIGN.

It seems to be able to produce similar results to other software like Processing (http://processing.org/) and Context Free (http://www.contextfreeart.org/) or even an l-system generator, but node based.

Check out the gallery from the original version of NodeBox (mac only) (http://nodebox.net/code/index.php/Gallery)

I downloaded it and played through the documented examples and in a couple hours was able to come up with this version of Schwarzkreuz's compass rose(s) (http://www.cartographersguild.com/how-do-i/20364-quick-way-doing-compass-roses.html):
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The beauty of this software for things like this is that:
1) It creates vectors (in pdf format, but inkscape can read them in and render a png quite nicely)
2) Everything in the nodes remains parametric, so you can scale, translate, change multiples of things, etc. and you end up with a "new" image with just a few small changes
3) The "source" file (node tree) is insanely small - so incredibly complicated images can be rendered.
4) It is java with a python code interpreter, so if you can program, you can custom code pretty much anything.

Not to scare anyone, but here is a screen-grab of the node tree I created to make this rose:
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Also, for fun, here is the pdf I exported (free to use for any purpose):
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And lastly, I have attached a zip of the nodebox source file.

-Rob A>

RobA
10-25-2012, 02:48 AM
Here is a quick demo (6 minutes) showing how you can play with the parameters of the nodes to come put with a completely different rose (you will have to watch full screen on youtube to see any details):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ocz9YtkTgs


And the rose:
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-RobA>

amberroberts09
10-25-2012, 03:34 AM
Here is a quick demo (6 minutes) showing how you can play with the parameters of the nodes to come put with a completely different rose (you will have to watch full screen on youtube to see any details):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ocz9YtkTgs


And the rose:
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-RobA>

I saw this type of video once but couldn't find it again!!! I found the similar here thanks!!!

ravells
10-25-2012, 12:23 PM
This is really cool! Thanks RobA!

Djekspek
10-25-2012, 08:01 PM
yeah thanks, looks great, gonne give that a testdrive! cheers, DJ