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[Solved] problem with quartz composer on macbookpro  



Problem - when I have this quartz composer app go full screen to actually have the displaying output being made to full screen as well it only displays the output of my patch in bottom left corner.  Seen here in this particular patch, but this is a common thing about all the patches for quartz composer -- so where is that setting?? I have had my new 2018 macbook pro refurb 13" for a couple of weeks and can not find that setting the video shows exactly what the problem is.. OK? in the preferences I can set screen size .. that has the output to that screen size but still the patch output is in the bottom left corner of that screen. I am using the OS Catalina 10.15.4 with the extra graphics and tools download that is on the developers site.. as a package containing quartz composer.  This video shows what I am having problems with.

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Sorry for the late reply.

I just downloaded the Additional Tools package for Xcode and launched Quartz Composer 4.6.2. If there is a later version I am afraid the iMac I am facing now only goes to High Sierra.

In any event I opened up 3 or 4 different animation samples from the Templates area and all of them go full screen.

I would start by deleting files that the app itself relies on or preferably look at the app's preferences settings.

Prefs on my version of Quartz Composer look like the following

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Consider moving these to the trash if the troubleshooting step above does not work.

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If both troubleshooting steps don't work create a new user account and login to it. Open Quartz Composer there, choose a template and go straight to Full-Screen. If it works in another user account despite other steps offered report back. 

so thanks yeah troubleshooting. -- the problem solved itself went I connected a 24 inch monitor to the thunder out of my 13 inch macbook pro .. connecting that was plug and play .. blew my mind I did not need to jump thru hoops for it to recognize the monitor and use it as a second screen --- this second screen monitor goes full screen with all those constructions in quartz I have already made.. --- just automatically works ---

Thanks guys must of been the 13 inch laptop monitor problem really---

I will be back with future problems I guess. 🙂

this problem with the program that runs these quartz programs is probably fixed too 🙂

If it works on the secondary display then that's all good. If trouble continues with the monitor detached then consider the steps offered in my previous message.



I've only dabbled with Quartz Composer years back but see if this helps.

Here is the caption that I thought might help you

The "Rendering Destination Dimensions“ works quite simple: it provides the missing, useful information about the current resolution, the patch is running on. Just plug it into i.e. billboard or sprite node - and you will always be happy with the result - no matter on what resolutionratio or hardware your patch will run on. 



Is the issue reported isolated to the single .qtz file you demo in your video or are all your qtz full screen experiences the same for any .qtx file?

Are there any default templates that you can open to test full screen playback? If not create a new composer document, make it as simple as possible just for the sake of testing full screen or duplicate the affected quartz file and begin to simplify the file by removing what you can, as you take each step in simplification take note of what your removed and test. If you find that removal of something caused full screen to work then you may have found the source of trouble. You can then investigate that one particular attribute and consider what has to be done to fix the issue.

I see connected to Video Editor you have a Psychedelic panel with a Scale attribute. Did you check if that has any influence? I think not but thought I should point it incase. I don't use this software so I might be the worst person to help.

See if anything from figure53 works,

Posted by: @alex-santos

Is the issue reported isolated to the single .qtz file you demo in your video or are all your qtz full screen experiences the same for any .qtx file?

Posted by: @bill_newbold

Seen here in this particular patch, but this is a common thing about all the patches for quartz composer --

I will test other templates and blank templates too.. thanks for the help


Posted by: @alex-santos

"Rendering Destination Dimensions

it is not changing anything but it is a complex patch going on that I added it to.

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also billboard thing is without width option.  --

image of quartz

the notes in the patch library say you don't need width but yeah the aspect ratio solves that problem?  I will post again.. 🙂 it really seems like nobody is doing quartz anymore.  I used it a lot in 2012 with my macbook pro then..?



did the video the problem might be the very last thing I did in the video using the quartz composer visualizer. you know that is broken.. 🙁