Processing is a programming language, development environment, and online community. Since 2001, Processing has promoted software literacy within the visual arts and visual literacy within technology. Initially created to serve as a software sketchbook and to teach computer programming fundamentals within a visual context, Processing evolved into a development tool for professionals. Today, there are tens of thousands of students, artists, designers, researchers, and hobbyists who use Processing for learning, prototyping, and production.
Processing is a flexible software sketchbook and a language for learning how to code within the context of the visual arts.
- Free to download and open source
- Interactive programs with 2D, 3D, PDF, or SVG output
- OpenGL integration for accelerated 2D and 3D
- For GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows, Android, and ARM
- Over 100 libraries extend the core software
- Well documented, with many books available
Tools. Extend the capability of the Processing Environment (PDE) beyond the core functionality.
The following tools are included with the Processing software. Select the tool you want to use from the Tools menu of the Processing Environment. These tools are open source; the code is distributed with Processing.
- Color Selector
Simple interface for selecting colors as RGB, HSB, and Hex values.
- Movie Maker
Creates a QuickTime movie from a sequence of images. Options include setting the size, frame rate, and compression, as well as an audio file.
- Archive Sketch
Archives a copy of the current sketch in .zip format. The archive is placed in the same directory as the sketch.
- Create Font
Converts fonts into the Processing font format and adds to the current sketch. Opens a dialog box which give options for setting the font, its size, if it is anti-aliased, and if all characters should be generated.