Patternodes is a tool for creating graphical patterns, animations, gradients or illustrations based on repetitions. This is done by defining a sequence of steps, a recipe or sorts, that describes the pattern.
Version: 2.3.7Patternodes is a tool for creating graphical patterns, animations or illustrations based on repetitions. This is done by defining a sequence of steps, a recipe or sorts, that describes the pattern.
License: Free To Try $39.00
Operating System: Mac OS X
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. In a sense you could say that Patternodes is to graphic design what a parametric CAD-system is to product design.
Patternodes is designed from the start to make it easy to tweak things to see how they turn out.
Therefore 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.
While the software can be used to create any type of repeating graphic, it's primarily aimed at pattern creation.
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..) 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.
Version 2.3.7: - Improvements to the export dialogues and more
Version 2.3.6: - Improvements to the Inside clipping transform options
Version 2.3.5: - Improvements to working with connections. - Bug fixes and Finder preview improvements
Version 2.3.3: - Improved h.264 codec quality when exporting video. - fixes and improvements for upcoming macOS 11 compatibility
Version 2.3.2: - Big performance improvements - Support for h.264 codec when exporting video. - fixes and improvements to node interfaces
Version 2.2.9: - Better memory management - PDF batch export for animations - Many other fixes and improvements
Version 2.2.8: - Better image format import support - many other fixes and improvements
Version 2.2.7: - Improved Text node with dynamic value text and better layout control - Improved Clipping mask node - many other fixes and improvements
Version 2.2.4: - Easier seamless hex-grid repetitions - Bugfixes to exports with transparent background - Improvements to pasting/importing graphics from other apps
Version 2.2.2: - New quicker way to add new nodes - Improvements to using dynamic offsets in repeater nodes - zooming/scrolling improvements and bug fixes