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Quartz Composer Alternatives for Windows

Quartz Composer is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Processing, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to Quartz Composer and 13 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Quartz Composer are Pure Data, Framer, TouchDesigner and Max/MSP.

Quartz Composer alternatives are mainly Prototyping Tools but may also be UI Design Tools or Projection Mapping Apps. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Quartz Composer.
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  • FreeProprietary
  • Mac

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  1. Processing icon

    Processing

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Processing is an open source programming environment and library built to handle images, animation, and interactivity. It is used by students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists for learning to code, prototyping, and producing full applications.

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    Most users think Processing is a great alternative to Quartz Composer.
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    Pure Data

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS, ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.

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    Framer

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online

    Framer combines the power of code with the ease of visual editing. Prototype beautiful microinteractions or realistic apps. It’s time to design with development in mind.

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    Framer is a very different tool and (in the vast majority of circumstances) entirely unsuitable as an alternative. While Quartz Composer can be used for application prototyping (Facebook even used it for developing and testing app ideas), Quartz Composer's strength is in visual effects development, not GUI layout.

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    TouchDesigner

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Windows

    TouchDesigner is a complete authoring tool for building interactive 3D art, visualizations, prototypes and UIs. Derivative makes and supports TouchDesigner and offers their services to do custom production using TouchDesigner.

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    Max/MSP

    • Mac
    • Windows

    Interactive visual programming environment for music, audio, and media.

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    Vvvv

    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows

    vvvv is a graphical programming environment for easy prototyping and development. It is designed to facilitate the handling of large media environments with physical interfaces, real-time motion graphics, audio and video that can interact with many users simultaneously.

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    OpenFrameworks

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    openFrameworks is an open source C++ toolkit designed to assist the creative process by providing a simple and intuitive framework for experimentation. The toolkit is designed to work as a general purpose glue, and wraps together several commonly used libraries, including:

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  8. Isadora is the award winning, interactive media presentation tool that allows you to follow your artistic impulse.

    Example Isadora document (patching enviroment)
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    Cinder

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows

    CINDER PROVIDES A POWERFUL, INTUITIVE TOOLBOX for programming graphics, audio, video, networking, image processing and computational geometry.

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    Nodebox

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux

    NodeBox is a new software application for creating generative art using procedural graphics and a new way to approach graphic design.

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