He posted this the other day and I'm wondering if we can make something similar in Vuo ;-) I'd love to have images being drawn out in this way.


Any ideas? It's awesome M.


The pendulum thing looks

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The pendulum Youtube video looks interesting !

Regarding the 3D ribbon I started something yesterday but Steve was faster uploading his method ;) (which didn't show up on the Community Activity webpage so I didn't see it until going to the Composition Gallery to post mine) : Composition: Metallic Scribbler

Decided to upload my version anyway, the idea was the same, but technique and output a little different : Calligraphy EQ

Once the pendulum math is remade it could replace the noise generated animation.


Regarding the Double Pendulum

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Regarding the Double Pendulum man I tried to recreate that but without luck so far.
I just don't really understand how to transpose the += sign from the processing code maybe. Or maybe I'm thinking it's too easy and requires deeper calculations.
I either get a not really moving pendulum or a perfectly mirrored drawing esoteric butterflies pendulum ;)

Posting the files here if some math superhero want to help you achieving this :) I guess for a math/coder it should be easy.
Anyway, the code as Martinus suggested is from : Double Pendulum coding challenge #93

The code part I used is :

r1 = 125;
r2 = 125;
m1 = 10;
m2 = 10;
a1 = PI / 2;
a2 = PI / 2;
a1_v = 0;
a2_v = 0;
g = 1;
a1_a = ((-g*(2*m1+m2)*sin(a1))+(-m2*g*sin(a1-2*a2))+(-2*sin(a1-a2)*m2)*(a2_v*a2_v*r2+a1_v*a1_v*r1*cos(a1-a2)))/(r1*(2*m1+m2-m2*cos(2*a1-2*a2)))
a2_a = ((2*sin(a1-a2))*(((a1_v*a1_v*r1*(m1+m2)))+(g*(m1+m2)*cos(a1))+(a2_v*a2_v*r2*m2*cos(a1-a2))))/(r2*(2*m1+m2-m2*cos(2*a1-2*a2)))
a1_v += a1_a;
a2_v += a2_a;
a1 += a1_v;
a2 += a2_v;
x1 = r1 * sin(a1);
y1 = r1 * cos(a1);
x2 = x1 + r2 * sin(a2);
y2 = y1 + r2 * cos(a2);
// a1_v *= 0.99;
// a2_v *= 0.99;

The part I can't get to transcode to Vuo is

a1_v += a1_a;
a2_v += a2_a;
a1 += a1_v;
a2 += a2_v;

PS : please guys don't make fun of my code-to-vuo transcription, I'm not a coder haha ;)

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Thanks Alastair (

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Thanks Alastair

Yeah that's how I somehow understood it too when googling it.
Trying to transcode this sign to Vuo with for example a1 += a1_v I got something like :

So basically
• take the first value of "a1", put it the 1st port of "the Select Latest node and add this to "a1_v"
• I hold this new value of "a1", which now becomes the latest value and add "a1_v" to it again
• etc

Joining latest comps if anybody wants to join ;) I can't get my wrap around it, probably doing nonsense here ;)

I'm working with a similar

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I'm working with a similar constraint in my issues of understanding how to loop in Vuo ATM. Check out this simple comp I made to shuffle list values (attached). It includes a debugging method using the Console Window node and others. It allows you to see the events and values inside a loop, something show events or tooltips will not show you.

The thread was here: Problem with Process List — I need neighbour values in the list during the iteration.

You should be able to get by

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You should be able to get by with just a Hold Value or Hold List node, don't need Select Latest, Changed, Spin Off Event nodes in normal circumstances. The Hold node allows you to do the update on a value using its own contents in the calculation. Typically the update event going to the Hold node (allowing it to update itself) comes from a Build List or Fire Periodically node.

Will have a look at your comps when I get a chance. We're in the same boat I think :-)

This composition is a bit

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This composition is a bit more complex, but it uses position (in polar co-ordinates), velocity and acceleration to move an autonomous car around a track. It just uses Hold Values and calculations to do the maths, most of the other nodes (grey) are additional stuff for screen printing data and converting the polar coordinates to cartesian coordinates. Unfortunately we can't hide them away in macros just yet.

Look for the "tangerine" coloured nodes, they do all the work and there's only three holds and three calculate nodes one of each for each variable (position (θ), Velocity and Acceleration).

You'll need to relink to this image for the car. Or just substitute with a Vuo circle node.

Single car on a track.vuo

I thought before trying to

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I thought before trying to get a double pendulum I should make the single pendulum (Single Pendulum Daniel Shiffman).
Guess I pretty got it, although I don't understand why I have to divide the angle by about 6,5 (because of the gravity values?).
Any correction welcome.

And yeah Alastair you were right, a single hold node does the job.

PS: Still not been able to make a double pendulum yet, it spins out of control until a NAN value.