Kineme: Quartz Composer Stuff is a community surrounding the development of Quartz Composer custom patches, plugins, and other hacks.

Please read the installation guide and check out the Documentation.

Register for an account to gain access to Beta Releases and email notifications of new content, post in forums and get to know other Quartz Composer users, and help steer the future of Kineme by voting in polls.

Post a Feature Request, or, if you have a tighter deadline, consider commissioning.

Unsupported — We cannot guarantee that this software will work properly on Mac OS 10.8 and above. Please download the trial and make sure it meets your needs before purchasing.

Our current focus

In 2012, we decided to start building a new visual programming environment that doesn’t rely on Apple's Quartz Composer (which Apple no longer supports). We’ve created Vuo, and people are using it to create great shows and installations and amazing compositions.

You can read more about how Vuo can support your creativity. We hope you'll check it out and download the free Community Edition or purchase Vuo Pro!

WWDC 2008

For those of you attending WWDC 2008 in San Francisco this year, keep an eye out for @smokris or @cwright, and their cool new patches in progress.

NAB 2008

For those of you attending NAB 2008 in Las Vegas, I will be attending from April 14th-17th.

Release: PBMesh, v0.1

Release Type: Production
Version: 0.1
Release Notes

PBMesh is a plugin that allows you to quickly warp images for different kinds of cylindrical and spherical projections.

More information on how to use this patch, as well as some sample meshes, can be found on Paul Bourke's site:

Release: YUV Color, v0.2

Release Type: Production
Version: 0.2
Release Notes

A public release of the YUV Color patch, updated to work on Leopard.

This version fixes some timing issues that would cause the patch to execute needlessly when the inputs didn't change. This will provide marginally higher performance for compositions using this patch (probably immeasurable though).

It also autoupdates old compositions to use the newer patch object; This was necessary because we've changed some internals that would otherwise break it.

2008 - Looking Forward

First off, Thank You to all the Visitors, Members, and Beta Testers for making 2007 such an exciting year for Kineme. Many wonderful ideas have been hatched, and there has been a considerable amount of exciting work going on.

Kineme Subscriptions: Poll Results

A week ago we posted a poll asking your thoughts about how we can financially justify spending inordinate amounts of time on the Kineme project. Thanks for your responses — we listened.

The first place winner was "Site Advertisements" — so we're now seeking advertising partners. Please contact Beth if you're interested in placing an ad on

Second, we've set up PayPal Donations. There's a new menu item the left: Donation. Be Sure to Donate Early and Often.

Release: Texture, v0.5

Release Type: Production
Version: 0.5
Release Notes

This is an update to the Texture Plugin for Leopard. Procedural texture generation courtesy of the libnoise project.

Texture Patch This version is functionally identical to the 0.4 release, except that it runs on Leopard only.

Official-API Subpatch Support

This Official-API plugin unlocks Subpatch support for Official-API Quartz Composer Plugins. To use this in your Official-API plugins, simply add a +(BOOL)allowsSubpatches method that returns YES to allow subpatches in your patch.

Custom Plugin path on Leopard

There's been a lot of confusion about where our plugins go on Leopard. With the release of 10.5, Apple made a public API available for custom plugins, referred to as "Official-API Plug-Ins." These can go in one of two places: /Library/Graphics/Quartz Composer Plug-Ins/ for system-wide installation, and ~/Library/Graphics/Quartz Composer Plug-Ins/ for user-only installation.

Most of our Plug-Ins don't use the official API though.

Release: Original Kineme Plugin, v0.2

Release Type: Production
Version: 0.2
Release Notes

This is a repost of smokris' original Kineme Plugin. It's only fitting to have it available here on Check out for more details.

This plugin is for Tiger only. You almost certainly don't want this plugin, and we almost certainly no longer support it.