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Processing 0191 for Android

Casey and I are in Chicago this weekend for the Processing+Android conference at UIC, organized by Daniel Sauter. In our excitement over the event, we posted revision 0191 last night (we tried to post from the back of Daniel’s old red Volvo, but Sprint’s network took exception). The release includes several Android-related updates, mostly fixed from Andres Colubri to improve how 3D works. Get the download here:

http://processing.org/download/ (under pre-releases)

Also be sure to keep an eye on the Wiki for Android updates:
http://wiki.processing.org/w/Android

(By the time you read this, there may be newer pre-releases like 0192, or 0193, and so on. Use those instead.)

Release notes for the 0191 update follow. And we’ll be doing a more final release (1.3 or 2.0, depending) once things settle a bit.

Processing Revision 0191 – 30 September 2010

Bug fix release. Contains major fixes to 3D for Android.

[ changes ]

+ Added option to preferences panel to enable/disable smoothing of text inside the editor.

+ Added more anti-aliasing to the Linux interface. Things were downright ugly in places where defaults different from Windows and Mac OS X.

[ bug fixes ]

+ Fix a problem with Linux permissions in the download.
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=343

+ Fix ‘redo’ command to follow various OS conventions.
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=363
Linux: ctrl-shift-z, macosx cmd-shift-z, windows ctrl-y
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table_of_keyboard_shortcuts
http://developer.apple.com/mac/library/documentation/

+ Remove extraneous console messages on export.

+ When exporting, don’t include a library multiple times.

+ Fixed a problem where no spaces in the size() command caused an error.
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=390

[ andres 1, android 0 ]

+ Implemented offscreen operations in A3D when FBO extension is not available
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=300

+ Get OpenGL matrices in A3D when GL_OES_matrix_get extension is not available
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=286

+ Implemented calculateModelviewInverse() in A3D
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=287

+ Automatic clear/noClear() switch in A3D
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=289

+ Fix camera issues in A3D
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=367

+ Major fixes for type to work properly in 3D (fixes KineticType)
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=358

+ Lighting and materials testing in A3D
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=294

+ Generate mipmaps when the GL_OES_generate_mipmaps extension is not available.
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=288

+ Finish screen pixels/texture operations in A3D
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=298

+ Fixed a bug in the camera handling. This was a quite urgent issue, since affected pretty much everything. It went unnoticed until now because the math error canceled out with the default camera settings.
http://forum.processing.org/topic/possible-3d-bug

+ Also finished the implementation of the getImpl() method in PImage,  so it initializes the texture of the new image in A3D mode. This makes the CubicVR example to work fine.

[ core ]

+ Fix background(PImage) for OpenGL
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=336

+ Skip null entries with trim(String[])

+ Fix NaN with PVector.angleBetween
http://code.google.com/p/processing/issues/detail?id=340

+ Fix missing getFloat() method in XML library

+ Make sure that paths are created with saveStream(). (saveStream() wasn’t working when intermediate directories didn’t exist)

+ Make createWriter() use an 8k buffer by default.

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Visualizing Data Book CoverVisualizing Data is my book about computational information design. It covers the path from raw data to how we understand it, detailing how to begin with a set of numbers and produce images or software that lets you view and interact with information. Unlike nearly all books in this field, it is a hands-on guide intended for people who want to learn how to actually build a data visualization.

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The book covers ideas found in my Ph.D. dissertation, which is basis for Chapter 1. The next chapter is an extremely brief introduction to Processing, which is used for the examples. Next is (chapter 3) is a simple mapping project to place data points on a map of the United States. Of course, the idea is not that lots of people want to visualize data for each of 50 states. Instead, it’s a jumping off point for learning how to lay out data spatially.

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