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Parametric graphic patterns and illustrations.


PatterNodes is a tool for creating graphical patterns, gradients, or illustrations based on repetitions. This is done by defining a sequence of steps, a recipe of sorts, that describes the pattern. Each pattern element or operation is represented by a little panel called a node, and the nodes are then linked by connections drawn between them. As the nodes can be freely combined and connected, this gives you a very flexible and powerful interface.

While this interface requires a different way of thinking, it also offers a lot of benefits compared to traditional Illustrator-type editors. Most importantly it enables you to use sliders to instantly change any aspect, like color, spacing, scaling, rotation or repetition count of any part of the pattern without having to undo/redo any steps.

The resulting pattern tile is always shown in the bottom preview view, repeated and updating in real time with any changes, giving you instant feedback of what the end result will be. To make pattern creation easier PatterNodes also includes a lot of nodes that automatically perform common tedious tasks like repeating elements at the tile edges to make the pattern seamless, or randomizing different aspects (like color, position, rotation, etc.) of the elements in a pattern to give it a little more life. Finally, when you're done you can simply copy the pattern tile into whatever illustration or graphics application you use, or export it either as vector graphics or a bitmap image file.


Main changes

  • Export repeated. The export dialogue now has an option to repeat your pattern tile X * Y times in the saved file. Convenient if you want to use your output tiled in some application where it's hard to tile it.

More changes and fixes

  • GIF format export, with the option of using a matte color for transparency.
  • New Display menu Auto-Refresh toggle and Refresh item that disables automatic update of patterns with node value changes, useful for very complex patterns you want to update manually.
  • Added a warning for cases where the tile size settings is linked to a node value that might be calculated based on the tile size, causing gradual changes in values.
  • Fixed a bug with mirrored tile exports, where the export would sometimes not be clipped correctly in the mirror plane.
  • Fixed a bug in the Array Function node, where using negative function period offsets would give incorrect function values.
  • Fixed a bug with moving multiple selected nodes after rearranging nodes.
  • Fixed a bug with scroll bars in the node-editor area not updating correctly when nodes changed size.

PatterNodesMore Information

File Size
24.8 MB
Operating Systems
Mac OS X
System Requirements
  • OS X 10.8 or later

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