gHowl is a set of components which extend Grasshopper's ability to communicate and exchange information with other applications and physical devices.
gHowl is developed by Damien Alomar, and Luis E. Fraguada and Giulio Piacentino.
gHowl code is now available by browsing the gHowl repository on GitHub.
UDP Components now have the ability to send and receive to a Multicast group. To send or receive to a Multicast group, make sure you use the IP Range of 22.214.171.124 - 126.96.36.199.
OSC functionality is provided by the Bespoke OSC Library by Paul Varcholik.
Network Source - Tests the connection of your machine to a network.
UDP Send - Allows the sending of UDP messages over the network. Also allows the sending of OSC messages to OSC enabled software and hardware devices. (Deleting this component in 0.7.0057 crashes GH / Rhino)
UDP Receive- Allows the sending and receiving of UDP messages. Also allows the reception of OSC messages and bundles (from Reactivision for example).(Deleting this component in 0.7.0057 crashes GH / Rhino)
OSC Channel - This component allows the storage of a single OSC Channel. Change the component's nickname to store that address' data.
OSC Dispatch - This component allows the storage of data from multiple OSC addresses.
The spreadsheet components leverage the OpenXML engine. You must have OpenXMLSDKV2.msi installed in order for these components to work. These components read and write *.xlsx files. Supports numerical values and strings.
Spreadsheet Reader- Retrieves spreadsheet data from a file stored on your computer.
Spreadsheet Writer - Allows you to write a spreadsheet file.
These components retrieve xml data from local and web sources (such as RSS feeds).
Pachube - Retrieves data from a Pachube feed. Must have a valid Pachube API. (Deleting this component after making a connection in 0.7.0057 crashes GH / Rhino)
Pachube Update - Allows you to update a Pachube Feed. The component has variable inputs to enable streaming to various datastreams. Must have a valid Pachube API.
XML Parser - This component parses an XML file stored on your computer or on the web.
XML Writer - Writes out XML
These components aid in the mapping and conversion of coordinates from GPS enabled devices to XYZ coordinates.
Format GEO - Takes NMEA formatted GPS coordinates and converts them to Decimal Degrees.
XYZ -> GEO - Maps XYZ coordinates in Rhino/Grasshopper to Longitude, Latitude, and Altitude.
GPS -> GEO - Maps Longitude, Latitude, and Altitude coordinates to XYZ
KML Exporter - Exports points, curves, and meshes to a KML File. Breps should be meshed before exporting. Brep support will be added soon. Object attributes such as color, transparency, line width, line color, etc will be added soon.
KML Attributes - Adds Fill Color, Line Color, and Line Width to Exported KML Objects.