Installing a Quartz Composer Patch in OS X Lion

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I made this quick screen cap of going to kineme's site, downloading GL Tools, loading it in the OS, and reopening QC, to show how to get it to work. Feel free to ask questions if I've breezed through too quickly, or anything isn't apparent.

Power down a headless mini?

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Hey again.

As discussed in this topic, i'm doing an installation involving some hardware sensors and a Mac Mini.

I've gotten quite far, and everything looks good - except I want the computer to be able to be powered down in the normal manner (no force power off / hold power button). The people running the gallery need to be able to reboot if there's any trouble, and shut down for the night. A keyboard won't fit in the installation.

Is there any good way to bypass what Apple calls the "power key window", the one that comes up when the power button is pressed? The one that offers the option to "Restart, Sleep, Cancel, Shut Down"? Ideally, one press of the power button should initiate a normal shutdown directly.

I've looked at UIMode from Carbon, but that simply has the ability to make the power button non-functional. I'm doing a fullscreen app from a modified Apple sample and am not afraid to get my hands dirty with some Obj-C. I'm also not afraid of reading documentation, but can find nothing further on this.

The simple way would be to hand the installation guys a keyboard, and tell them to plug it in before powering down. But that just seems inelegant when all that's needed is one press of the enter key.

Thoughts and anecdotes are, as always, appreciated.

KinemeCore 0.5.1 new installation to system not detected on 10.5.8 MacBook Pro


I downloaded the latest KinemeCore installer and ran it. This was my first time installing KinemeCore -- it was not replacing an earlier install.

Installation put the KinemeCore.plugin file in my /Library/Graphics/Quartz Composer Patches/ directory with admin permissions, however the K menu did not appear in QC (or any other sign the plugin had loaded), even after relaunch, reboot, and reinstall attempts.


Most of my Kineme patches are actually installed in /Users/MyUserName/Library/Graphics/Quartz Composer Patches/. As an experiment, I tried manually relocating the plugin there and authenticating. Relaunched QC, and the K menu appeared! So far things all appear to be working correctly.


Not sure if the issue could be:

  • Because I have a file in /Library/Graphics/Quartz Composer Plug-Ins (OpenEmuQC.plugin)
  • Because I have files in both Patches and Plug-Ins in my user library
  • Because my other Kineme plugins are in userspace, but the installer automatically puts core in systemspace
  • ...some other reason.