NodeBox3 vs. Nodebox1

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31 Mar, 2015 11:20 AM

Sorry for the board question, but I can't help wonder what the relative merits of Nodebox1 vs 3 are. I came across 3 first, and have worked it out to a relatively decent standard, writing my own python nodes and so on. Is there any major reason fro learning Nodebox1 from the ground up?

As a dumbass consumer I can't help but think that Nodebox 1 is somehow older (read 'less good') than node box three, a bit like The Madness of King George III was renamed Madness of King George because people would think they had missed the first two of the trilogy.

Any advice welcome...

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Frederik De Ble... on 01 Apr, 2015 04:52 AM

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    NodeBox 1 is really a different application, for people who know how to code but want a simple tool for doing graphics. Also it's a bit of a misnomer since there are no nodes in NodeBox 1.



  2. 2 Posted by Rory on 01 Apr, 2015 07:28 AM

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    Thanks. I write python well and use it daily in my work, so I suppose it wouldn't be too hard to pick up. I'm being lazy, as I already really enjoy Nodebox3 and can add my own snippets where necessary. Im just wondering if it will be a total visual revolution for me to get into Nodebox1.... So much to learn so little time!

  3. 3 Posted by Kevin Karney on 29 Oct, 2015 02:01 PM

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    I have not visited this forum for months - so this comment may be very late.

    If you are somewhat familiar with Python (at which I am an amateur), and if you just want to create and export straight-forward 2-D graphics or animations, then Nodebox 1 is perfect! You will need a Mac

    For me, its great strength is the ability to export a .pdf

    From a SINGLE Nodebox 1 file, I produce the following .pdf graphics...
    1) a coloured image that goes DIRECTLY to laser-engraving equipment to print a prototype sundial in plywood.
    2) a monochrome image that goes DIRECTLY to a water-jet company to cut 5mm bronze to the shape required.
    3) a monochrome image that goes DIRECTLY to a photo-etching company who produce the final product.

    I attach examples of these three files and 2 picture of the final product.

    Costs £20 for the laser-cutting plus £220 for bronze & jets cutting plus £180 for engraving plus £ ZERO for this amazing software

  4. Support Staff 4 Posted by lucasnijs on 29 Oct, 2015 03:42 PM

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    Hi Kevin,

    Great work. We never imagined this being done with NodeBox. And btw you may always donate ;-)

    kind regards,


  5. 5 Posted by Kevin Karney on 29 Oct, 2015 08:24 PM

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    Hi Lucas
    Thanks for your remarks.
    If I did this work commercially, I would be happy to make a significant donation. But I just make these dials for friends at cost and with no profit. So I can only make a small donation, but to whom?

  6. Support Staff 6 Posted by lucasnijs on 15 Dec, 2015 02:03 PM

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    Hello Kevin,

    I was joking, but not anymore! Anyone can donate from now on through PayPal here. It goes to the research group EMRG (Experimental Media Research group) who develops NodeBox.

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