Kuadro - Free Reference View Tool

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  • Sam Hatami
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    Sam Hatami polycounter lvl 10
    Hey! Great job on this very useful app(actually made me do a little donation)!

    1) I'm seconding an internal snap between Kuadro windows.

    2) Don't know if this has been mentioned before, but an auto-arrangement would also be a really cool feature.

    3) One thing I noticed was that it doesn't save a *.ref file on my secondary disc, works fine on my main one. Any idea what could be going on?

    Again, thanks and awesome job!
  • lkruel
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    lkruel polycounter lvl 2
    Hey Kryzon,


    I'm using PySide. I did all of what you said, the trick is that when you get back the PyCObject it's a QCocoaView or a QCocoaWindow. The QCocoaWindow has the NSWindow as one of it's private members, and it's the interface layer to the native NSWindow, unfortunately it doesn't expose the setTransparent command, it calls it in one of its functions, but not in a way that I could use it. The code fix to Qt would be minimal to expose that function and hit it. It'll just take a little bit to get everything building and working.
    Thanks for digging for it though!

    Sam,

    Thanks! Glad you liked it and I appreciate the donation! Everything helps. I'll take a look at the snapping, I fixed the about window yesterday and then got caught on the rabbit hole of OSX api calls, I'll get back on the easier stuff next.

    The one thing I've seen is that Kuadro doesnt like special characters, like accents, or non standard ascii, maybe it's that?

    Thanks once again
  • Kerub
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    That's a really nice app, I've been using it since Version 0.6, and it's great. Now, I dont need to store more refs in my HD, only reference files. It's cool to have them all linked from the web URL. The logo looks like Mondrian, awesome.
  • PolyHertz
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    PolyHertz greentooth
    Neat app. All it needs is DDS and Animated GIF support and I'll be able to dump my other image viewers completely :)

    Is there any way to 'select' and close or move multiple windows at once?

    Also found a bug. Steps to reproduce;
    1. ctrl+lmb duplicate image a few times, then close all but one of them.
    2. Scale the image via alt+ctrl+shift+lmb
    3. ctrl+lmb on image again. BOOM. all the closed windows reappear.
  • lkruel
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    @Kerub, Glad you liked it! And glad you're using the import from Web feature, not a lot of people use that one! And yeah, the codename for the project was actually Mondrian =)


    @PolyHertz Thanks so much! I've heard people reporting this but I haven't been able to reproduce it! I usually close using the backspace key, and that seems to work, but when you use the right click menu to close it does indeed come back up. I'll look into fixing that. Thanks for the report!
  • CreativeSheep
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    Kuadro or PureRef, needs this option, more PureRef because it allows you to save a collection of images as a single file, which I love; but it needs the option to have categories. 
  • Zelfit
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    Zelfit polycounter lvl 4
    Hi. Any chance to add zoom without using scroll-wheel? Alt+MMB for example, I use it with my wacom tablet and to zoom in/out I have to take mouse.
  • lkruel
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    Hey Zelfit, It's actually already in there, but kinda hidden. It's currently Alt Shift Left Click. The reason why it's not right or middle is because I usually use it with a mac trackpad and it's a pain to do middle and right clicks on it. =) 
  • Zelfit
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    Hey. Thanks it is great. In this case if someday you'll make to add option to store refs in one file I'll be completely happy with Kuaddro. At this moment I use mostly web images and in the morning when i open my ref file it takes some time to re-download images.
  • lkruel
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    lkruel polycounter lvl 2
    For sure, that's on the top of my list. The other one that is a pet peeve of mine is to pre-fill the add from web dialog with the contents of your clipboad, because most of the times I do Copy Image Location and then have to manually paste it in the box. 
  • 2bytes
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    Need a way to move images between monitors.  I have a dual screen at work, and a single screen at home and dont know how to get the images to the single monitor.   Also,  maybe we could have an auto layout to fill a single monitor?
  • gauravcm
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    gauravcm polycounter lvl 6
    Not sure if this feedback has come up already:
    • This may be more work than it's worth, but it would be great to be able to right-click on an image -- especially from a browser -- and "Add to Kuadro"!
    • It may also be better for most users to have an installer that would put Kuadro into the Program Files directory structure with the option to have it load on startup.  I've manually put the executable into my Windows Startup directory so that it loads with the OS.
  • TripleDeuce
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    Any way to group move images and customize hotkeys?
  • Erised
    This is awesome! Thank you so much!
  • lkruel
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    lkruel polycounter lvl 2
    Hey Everyone, sorry I missed these. Thanks! I'm going to hopefully be going back on development on Kuadro soon and I'll take all of that in consideration! 
  • Ludvigs
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    Thank you for creating this lovely piece of software. I've been using it for quite a while now. 

    My comments/requests/questions:
    1. I'm a huge fan of the Web image add function, but is there any way to add multiple URL's? I've tried separating by colon and semicolon with no luck. Perhaps a way to have the "Add Web Image" dialogue stay open once you hit OK, as having to click the little arrow on the taskbar, right click the little icon, and then the web image add, gets tedious when adding 20+ images. A hotkey to open the dialogue would also be ok. I try to avoid clicking as much as possible, and i know quite a few others who feel the same. 

    2. I'd like to give my +1 for images snapping to each other, and some sort of rudimentary auto layout. This I consider more of a luxury however. 

    Again, great work. I love this. 


  • Laciodrom
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  • Croze
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    Croze polycounter lvl 6
    Are there plans to add video file or gif (animated) support?
  • sastromo
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    just found this app.. amazing! thanks man!

  • knacki
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    Donated!
    That is something I even don't know how  I could survived without.
    Thanks so much!
  • Makan
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  • albertagung.ag
    @lkruel : just googling kuadro after watching Zbrush live today. this tool was all I need, thanks for sharing the tool :)
  • MrOneTwo
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    I just got back to Kuadro. It's a great tool but I have found two bugs that make it hard to use.

    - When an image is opened and you try to cycle through images in the directory with left/right arrow, it gets stuck
      on an image and won't cycle any more until you resize the window - then it refreshes. The thumbnail updates though.
    - When you turn on 'Always on Top' and you try to close Kuadro it may show the question if it should discard the layout
      under all those windows. In order to be able to see this window you need to turn off 'Always on Top' which is a bit
      bothersome.

    I hope you will get back to working on this tool. It's great :)
  • gauravcm
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    gauravcm polycounter lvl 6
    @lkruel, I hope Kuadro is still an ongoing project for you.  Just checking in!
  • Laughing_Bun
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    Laughing_Bun polycounter lvl 11
    I love this tool but there is a bug I am finding rather annoying. Most of the time I am not able to save my preset. It lets me click the buttons but it doesn't actually save a file properly. I tried running as an admin but that doesn't help. I am running the latest version on windows 10. Any help would be awesome, Thanks!
  • gauravcm
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    gauravcm polycounter lvl 6
    @Laughing_Bun, I get that, too.  Looking forward to a version 1.0 that fixes this!
  • Sunray
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    Awesome but losses a lot of functionality once u use it in zbrush since I like my zbrush to be full screen I need to exit zbrush everytime to add an image. Would love a floating menu button or import image shortcut or something like that.
  • CreativeSheep
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    I love PureRef.
  • Laughing_Bun
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    It has an option to always keep images on top. It works amazing with zbrush. 

    Also I figured out the saving bug, It appears to have an issue pulling images from multiple drives or directories? easy work around once you know. Love Kuadro
  • gauravcm
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    gauravcm polycounter lvl 6
    I tried PureRef recently, and it felt a bit clunky to me in comparison to Kuadro...  I hope version 1.0 remains lightweight!
  • knacki
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    Sunray said:
    Awesome but losses a lot of functionality once u use it in zbrush since I like my zbrush to be full screen I need to exit zbrush everytime to add an image. Would love a floating menu button or import image shortcut or something like that.


    Once in zBrush, you need to click on your kuadro ref pic and press "n" for new picture.
    Kuadro needs to be active somehow to understand the hotkeys. On windows ALT+TAB until you are on your refpic and then "n" would do the trick as well.
    If you right click the kuadro icon and click on about, you'll see the hotkey list.
    "Add Web image" seems to be missing.

    I personally like Kuadro a bit more as well, but the guys at PureRef are really interested. Kuadro seems to be on hold for quite a while already.


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