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==TouchDesigner User Guide==
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'''[http://www.derivative.ca/099/downloads/ DOWNLOAD]'''
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=== What's New ===
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To find out what's new in the latest Official builds, read our '''[https://derivative.ca/community-post/2020-official-update 2020 Official Announcement]'''.
  
=== [[What's New in 099]] ===
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=== Release Notes ===
Highlights
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Head to the [[Release Notes]] for a full changelog and details on the current build.
*TouchDesigner now available on [[macOS]] (10.11+ El Capitan or Sierra)
 
*Python 3.5 (enables the use of [[openCV]])
 
*[[Privacy|Component Privacy]] to lock your components
 
*[[PBR MAT]] for Physically-Based Rendering materials
 
*[[Substance TOP]] for loading PBR materials from [https://www.allegorithmic.com/products/substance-designer Substance Designer]
 
*[[Environment Light COMP]] for environment lighting
 
*[[Ableton Link CHOP]] syncs timing to Ableton Live sessions
 
*[[Web Render TOP]] to render webpages and a [[Palette:webBrowser]] in the Palette
 
*[[sACN]] multicast support and DMX improvements
 
*[http://www.derivative.ca/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=9658 HTC Vive Development Environment] to get VR projects started quickly
 
*[[NDI In TOP]] and [[NDI Out TOP]] to stream video over LAN using [http://www.newtek.com/ndi/applications/ Newtek's NDI] networking
 
*[[MQTT]] Internet of Things protocol.
 
*[[Splice CHOP]] for manipulating CHOP samples and channels
 
*[[Helios DAC CHOP]] for more laser control options
 
*[[OpenColorIO TOP]] for advanced color grading
 
*[[RealSense]] support for latest cameras and drivers
 
*[[Video Device In TOP]] native SDK support added for Point Grey, Bluefish444, AJA
 
*[[BlackTrax CHOP]] gets data from [http://blacktrax.cast-soft.com/ '''BlackTrax''' Motion Tracking] systems
 
*[[Compute Shader|GLSL Compute shaders]]
 
*[[FBX]] export from [[SOP]]s
 
*Improvements to [[CHOP Export]] conflicts
 
*High-DPI [[Window COMP]] and scalable user interface
 
*[[Math TOP]] now operates on pixel values similar to the [[Math CHOP]] - re-ranging, combining, scaling.
 
  
For the complete picture, see [[What's New in 099|What's New in 099]], and [[Release Notes]] for release-by-release details.
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For the latest in the Experimental builds, see [[Release_Notes/Experimental|Experimental Release Notes]].
  
'''[[Updates|Updating]]''' licenses and keys to 099 works differently now. If you bought a license in the last year you can start using that license with 099 right away. If not, you need to purchase an update.
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=== Downloads ===
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[https://derivative.ca/download/archive Download Official Builds] - A complete list of current and past official builds.
  
[[TouchDesigner Non-Commercial|Non-Commercial]] licenses are available for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a [[TouchDesigner Commercial|Commercial]] or [[TouchDesigner Pro|Pro]] license. For a comparison of licenses see [[Licensing]].
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[https://derivative.ca/download/experimental Download Experimental Builds] - An archive of all experimental builds.
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=== Licensing ===
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[[TouchDesigner Non-Commercial|Non-Commercial]] licenses are available at no charge for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a [[TouchDesigner Commercial|Commercial]] or [[TouchDesigner Pro|Pro]] license. For a comparison of licenses see [[Licensing]].
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'''[[Updates|Updating]]''' to the most recent build requires a key whose 'Update Date' is after the build's compile date. Check your license's 'Update Date' in the MY LICENSES section of your MY ACCOUNT page at [https://www.derivative.ca derivative.ca]. If your license 'Update Date' expired before the compile date of the build you want to use, purchase '1 Year of Updates' from the store to get another year of the latest builds.
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=== Forum and Support ===
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Report your problems or ask questions in our [https://forum.derivative.ca/ Support Forum].
  
  
 
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Latest revision as of 15:04, 27 October 2020

TouchDesigner User Guide[edit]

What's New[edit]

To find out what's new in the latest Official builds, read our 2020 Official Announcement.

Release Notes[edit]

Head to the Release Notes for a full changelog and details on the current build.

For the latest in the Experimental builds, see Experimental Release Notes.

Downloads[edit]

Download Official Builds - A complete list of current and past official builds.

Download Experimental Builds - An archive of all experimental builds.

Licensing[edit]

Non-Commercial licenses are available at no charge for personal, educational, or evaluation purposes. If you or your organization are compensated for your work with TouchDesigner, you must have a Commercial or Pro license. For a comparison of licenses see Licensing.

Updating to the most recent build requires a key whose 'Update Date' is after the build's compile date. Check your license's 'Update Date' in the MY LICENSES section of your MY ACCOUNT page at derivative.ca. If your license 'Update Date' expired before the compile date of the build you want to use, purchase '1 Year of Updates' from the store to get another year of the latest builds.

Forum and Support[edit]

Report your problems or ask questions in our Support Forum.


Getting Started[edit]

Tutorials and Workshop Videos[edit]

  • TouchDesigner Official Youtube - A growing collection of Derivative tutorials and workshop recordings, as well as videos from previous TouchDesigner Summits.
  • AllTD.org - An excellent resource that compiles learning materials in multi-languages from the broad TouchDesigner community, thanks to Jan Gryczan in Berlin.
  • Tutorials Page - A full list of tutorials available. Including user-contributed and older 088 legacy sections.

Online Courses (paid)[edit]

Documentation[edit]

  • Browse the Wiki Categories. Also explore the navigation bar on the left using the links or search field.
  • Operator Help pages - All the node types of TouchDesigner.
  • Introduction to Python - An introduction to Python scripting in TouchDesigner. Python Reference is also available for a full list of python classes.
  • TouchDesigner Tips - A collection of short how-to tutorials showing you how to accomplish certain tasks.
  • Search documentation using the wiki advanced search page.
  • Offline Help - Access the wiki when you are not connected to the internet by pre-downloading the offline documentation package.

Sample Components, Tools and Examples[edit]

  • OP Snippets - Hundreds of examples found via (1) the Help -> Operator Snippets menu, or (2) right-click on any operator in any network, or (3) right-click on any operator in the OP Create menu.
  • Palette Browser - In the menu Dialogs -> Palette Library, or the left-pane of the default TouchDesigner.
  • .tox Component forum - User-contributed components.

Derivative Forums[edit]

White Papers and Topics[edit]

Other Resources[edit]

  • Facebook - Join us on Facebook and keep up to date with the latest TouchDesigner projects.
  • TouchDesigner Help on Facebook- Massively helpful Facebook Help Group for TouchDesigner run by users.
  • Vimeo - Videos posted by the TouchDesigner community on Vimeo.
  • Twitter - Follow us on Twitter @1null1
  • Books - Books to help you learn TouchDesigner. NEW! Writing GLSL Shaders
  • Frequently Asked Questions - Frequently asked questions about TouchDesigner.
  • CHOPCHOPCHOP - A marketplace for TouchDesigner Components.
  • GitHub projects - Browse GitHub for a wide range of user submitted projects.
  • Resources - Textures, devices, animations, movies, audio and more.

A built-in panel in TouchDesigner that contains a library of components and media that can be dragged-dropped into a TouchDesigner network.