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Issue 1: Dysfunction on a MacBook
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Reported by nathma...@wanadoo.fr, May 17, 2008
No matter how I use the ambient light sensor patch in a composition, I can't get it to run: the Run 
and Stop buttons stay activated (the two of them, simultaneously!) and the alpha checkerboard is all 
that appear in the viewer.

I'm using Leopard, with the latest patch 10.5.2, on a 2 Ghz Intel Core Duo MacBook with 2 Go of 
RAM.

Jun 30, 2008
#1 adfergu...@gmail.com
I'm not one of the developers, but I can tell you that your problem is not a dysfunction.

The ambient light sensor patch does NOT (and will never) run on MacBooks (13"), only
on MacBook Pros (15" and 17"). This is stated clearly on the homepage:

"Ambient Light Sensor: use the ambient light in the room as inputs. Only works with
machines with ambient light sensors (e.g. MacBook Pro)"


The MacBook Pros have keyboards which illuminate when the room is dark, see:
http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/specs.html under "Input". Since MacBooks do not have
this feature, they do not have an ambient light sensor which can be monitored for
this patch.
Jun 30, 2008
#2 nathma...@wanadoo.fr
Well, since my Macbook's screen luminosity change automatically according to ambient light, I thought that it 
has such a sensor.
Well, at least, it seems to change automatically ; sometimes it even flickers madly.
Jan 31, 2011
#3 rah...@gmail.com
This isn't a great way to fail.  I can't even add the Ambient Light patch to a composition on my MacBook.  I'm assuming it's because I'm not using a MacBook Pro, but what if you want to create a composition (or a Mac application with a QCView as I am) that uses this capability on computers that allow it and generates an error or warning on computers that don't support it?  It would be great if this thing didn't just break on non-MacBook Pros.  Also, the Motion Sensor plugin's patch doesn't even appear in the parts library after installing it - I'm assuming this is also because I'm not on a MBP but I'll have to try these both somewhere else to see if it's this hardware problem or maybe a too-old-for-10.6.6 problem.
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