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I will call this the first release of the Mac version of Virtual Flower, as I think I've done as much as I can, unless anyone reports any other bugs with it. It doesn't have any known issues yet except the thing about #Use Menu within Program rather than Top Menu for most things.

Download here:

Virtual Flower Mac Dec 14th 2014

And here is the version for Leopard, OSX 10.5:

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - FOR LEOPARD ONLY - December 14th 2014

Please be patient, it can take as long as a minute or two to run, the first time you start it after download or reboot. This is some issue with the Wineskin, all the programs do this, and I can't do anything to alter this.

Close it and start it up again and it will start almost instantly.

See #What's new

Contents

Kickstarter - crowd funded, thanks!

This crowdfunded project was made possible because of support of the many backers of the Kickstarter: Bounce Metronome, Tune Smithy, Lissajous 3D, ... on the Mac!, which was successfully funded on June 7, 2014.

Thanks!

Installation

Just download it - it's a package all ready to use.

It's in a zip to reduce the size of download from over 200 MB to 80 MB approx, but my Mac anyway seems to unzip it automatically on download. If necessary unzip first and run.

You will probably want to copy it over to your Applications folder also for easy access.

You may need to give it permission to run - easiest way is to use CONTROL + CLICK on the package, and choose Open - then in the dialog that pops up answer "Open Anyway".

You can also give it permission to run from Apple Icon >> System Preferences >> Security & Privacy - Then click on "Open Anyway" and answer Okay to the message.

If you haven't got an unlock key yet - then just start the test drive.

If you pledged to kickstarter you should have got your unlock key by now. If not please contact me!

Why it is unsigned

I have a Mac developer's license. But the Wineskin package is designed for version 1 and signed with a version 1 certificate.

Apple, earlier this year, changed the system, and on Mavericks I can only sign it with a version 2 certificate which doesn't work with a Wineskin. So I can't sign it at present. See How do I Codesign my Wineskin?.

If anyone has any thoughts about this, anything I can do to sign it, do say!

Getting Started

If you haven't used Virtual Flower before - there are two ways to get started. either:

1. Go to File >> Virtual Flower Examples and go to Open to find many examples to get you started.

There's a list of Flowers, trees and shapes - and if you navigate to the new_star_spheres sub folder to find a separate list of star spheres.

You can also set the folder to one or the other using the buttons - and then go to File >> Droplist of Virtual Flowers to select from them.

Or:

2. Go to the Wizards drop menu and step through whichever wizard interests you.

Then to see it animated go to Picture (drop menu) then choose Animate main window at the bottom.

You can change the shape by clicking and dragging in the main window horizontally or vertically. If you want to turn it around instead to view it from different directions, click on the text at the top of the window where it says "Move".

Also you can click on Change Stalks and on Change Branches - then your click and drag on the shape has different effects. Obviously with a tree changes the branches or the stalks respectively. For other shapes - then just try it out to see what the effect is.

You can also go to Tree -> Tree and then click and drag on the various panes there to change its shape.

Many other things you can do - but those are a couple to get you started with how the program works. Any questions, be sure to say.

(I'll probably work on this some more when I get the time).

Export as Image - and for View3dScene

You can export the images from Images >> Image Save and Save Image As...

Or play the animations within Virtual flower itself. You can also save it as a sequence of animation frames.

When you export the animations, you need a VRML viewer to see them. You can use View3dScene.

Here I demo Virtual Flower with view3dscene


If you want to import the 3D output into other programs, you might find it hard to find one that can import VRML. But not to worry because View3dScene has an option to output the files in x3d format - which is widely supported. It's the successor to VRML.

So - if you want to use the 3D trees, flowers etc in another program- I recommend you do it like that. Export as VRML. View in View3dscene. Then export it again in x3d and you should be good to go.

Note, that view3dscene can't handle scripts. Virtual flower only uses those for the animated tour, so, as long as you leave that option unchecked you should be good to go. If not, you get a warning message but it still shows your file okay.

Also one minor geeky issue. View3dscene also doesn't recognize the word "exponential" or "linear" for the fogType parameter if it is in lower case. This is really only relevant if you make your own 3D scenes for Virtual Flower to show its shapes in - and if you do that - well it has an option now to automatically turn those words into upper case anyway, defaults to switched on, so you should be okay there.

Why it uses the now somewhat archaic VRML format

Virtual flower was originally designed to export the 3D scenes as VRML which was a popular 3D format about a decade or two ago many thought would take over from HTML and that we'd all be using VRML browsers navigating 3D scenes instead of 2D web pages.

That didn't happen, and other 3d formats took over from it - and end result is that Virtual Flower, which used to be a program outputting in an ultra modern forward looking format which might be the next thing after HTML - ow it's output is more of an archaic format few people have heard of that was a big thing ten or twenty years ago.

Hexany and dekany downloads for View3dScene

You might like these as well, as you can view them in View3dscene - musical geometries that you can explore by clicking on vertices for notes, edges for diads and faces for triads.

Hexany 1 3 5 7 as a zip (VRML model for viewing in View3dScene)

Just download and unzip and then navigate to find the .wrl file inside the folder - open that in View3dScene and you get a hexany in 3D which you can spin around and then you can click on any of the vertices, edges, or faces to hear the chords.

You can also download:

2)5 Dekany 1 3 5 7 11 as a zip (VRML model for viewing in View3dScene)

3)5 Dekany 1 3 5 7 11 as a zip (VRML model for viewing in View3dScene)

To find out more:

Hexany (Wikipedia)


Musical Geometry

Exploring chords in the Wilson CPS sets

Techy details

These models were actually made originally with the help of Tune Smithy and Virtual Flower - however - doing that is a bit techy and I made these models long ago. Probably needs a bit of a rethink - and not yet tested with the latest Virtual Flower. Though you will find a "musical geometries" window in it, which may still work.

Unlike the other shapes in Virtual Flower - it makes them using templates which I constructed pretty much by hand. All Virtual Flower can do is to let you change the selection of the factors to use for the hexany - and to output a list of the file names for all the audio clips needed. You can then import that list into Tune Smithy which then makes them as midi clips. Finally you can use midi to wav software to convert those midi clips to wav format.

Anyway - I can test this later, if this still works, fix bugs, and do a detailed explanation of how to do it in case anyone wants to give it a go.

Windows version

Virtual-flower.gif

For the Windows version: Download Virtual Flower for Windows

Use Menu within Program rather than Top Menu for most things

This is because it's a Windows program originally. The windows each have menus within them - with many options. I have no way to add those options into the top menu of your Mac.

You can do a few things with the top menu. You can zoom the window, or minimize it, standard things like that. You can do a quit, also a force quit if it freezes. You get links to visit the program website, and the Wineskin website. But that's about it

If you close the main window, it quits the program

That's because it originates in Windows which doesn't have a top menu. On Windows, you quit a program by closing its main window. In case of Virtual Flower, it is this window:

You can close any of the other windows and nothing happens. But if you close the main window, it quits the program.

You can also quit from the top menu - has same effect as closing the main window.

Installation

Just download it - it's a package all ready to use.

It's in a zip to reduce the size of download from over 200 MB to 80 MB approx, but my Mac anyway seems to unzip it automatically on download. If necessary unzip first and run.

You will probably want to copy it over to your Applications folder also.

You may need to give it permission to run - easiest way is to use CONTROL + CLICK on the package, and choose Open - then in the dialog that pops up answer "Open Anyway".

You can also give it permission to run from Apple Icon >> System Preferences >> Security & Privacy - Then click on "Open Anyway" and answer Okay to the message.

If you haven't got an unlock key yet - then just start the test drive.

If you pledged to kickstarter you should have got your unlock key by now. If not please contact me!

Any questions do say.

"Can't be opened" Error message

This is quite rare, but sometimes you might get an error message

The application ... can't be opened -10810

If that happens there are three things you can do.

  1. Simplest method: Reboot your Mac and the error should go away
  2. Or, make a copy of the application. The copy should start up okay.
  3. Or, if you don't want to reboot or copy the application, right click on the application and click "Show Package Contents". Then double click on the wineskin inside the wrapper, go to Advanced and click on Test Run.

I don't know why this happens, and an internet search hasn't turned up any answers except that many people have encountered this error with many different programs inside wineskins. So it is nothing specific to my programs.

Known issues which I haven't been able to fix yet

Nothing really. But needs more testing

What's New

14th December 2014

If you switch off the "animated tour" in the Output as VRML window, close the program and start it up again, the animated tour gets switched back on again. This is a special nuisance on the Mac because the animated tour doesn't work with View3dscene because it doesn't support VRML scripting

- fixed

Virtual Flower Mac Dec 14th 2014

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - FOR LEOPARD ONLY - December 14th 2014

6th December 2014

This upload just removes the "Eject Disk" from the top menu and adds a link to this page instead.

Virtual Flower Mac Dec 5th 2014

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - FOR LEOPARD ONLY - December 6th 2014

30th November 2014

Added the check box for the strip construction faces to File >> Examples, and re-arranged it to a more logical order. Also this is the first upload with a version for Leopard (OSX 10.5).

Apart from that, it's all bug fixes:

Quit command in top menu was flaky, sometimes worked, sometimes didn't
- fixed.

When you click to reshow a window that's hidden behind another one, then doesn't bring it to the front - need to remake it
- done

Not showing fog correctly when the VRML files saved are opened in View3dScene
It was just a case issue: had it in lowercase as:

fogType "exponential"

Just need to capitalize it
Have option to show it as

fogType "EXPONENTIAL"
vrml_upper_case_fog

and default that to selected for Mac
- done

View3Dscene can't handle the animated tour - and shows a distracting list of errors about the javascript - so on the Mac it now defaults to unselected for the animated tour. - done

When you open a file in the File window, folder the dialog goes to doesn't always match the folder shown below it in the user interface - which it should for a consisten user interface
- fixed

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - November 30th 2014

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - FOR LEOPARD ONLY - November 30th 2014


17th October 2014

Fixes a couple of issues - if you move the mouse over the main window it moves it in front of all other Mac programs even when not using this program (was to do with the tool tips code) - and also windows could get hidden behind the main window and then when you click to show them again, you don't see anything happen because they remain hidden behind it - both fixed.

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - October 17th 2014

September 26th 2014

First beta upload for Mac

Virtual Flower Mac Beta - Sept 26th 2014

Other Mac Betas

See also: All the Mac Betas in one list

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