webBrowser component in the palette is an interactive interface to the Web Render TOP. It is currently available on Windows only, in the Commercial, Educational and Pro versions of TouchDesigner.
webBrowser component and the Web Render TOP are provided as-is with no support of the features or performance of the underlying technologies. Numerous features or capabilities of the Chrome / Chromium are not functioning and it is up to you to determine if it is satisfactory for your needs, and you assume the risk of its use in production.
See also Web Render TOP.
When you click on web pages in the panel, the new URL is placed in the Address parameter and the new page is displayed.
It has pulse parameters to do the common Reload, Back and Forward functions of a browser.
Three Search pages are built-in where you enter a string in the Search Term parameter, select the Search Page from the menu and press the Search pulse. The Search page is in an extendable table inside the webBrowser component.
You can set the panel resolution in the Layout page Width and Height parameters, and the page will re-render and adjust to the new size. Your mouse roller wheel will control the scrolling but CAVEAT: the scroll bar may not function with the mouse unless you drag off the scroll bar.
Status and Errors are reported in three read-only parameters.
Parameters - Web Browser Page
Help - Opens this page.
Address - Enter the url the Web Browser should render here. When navigating a website, the current url is shown here as well.
Reload Current Page
Searchpage - Select from a list of predefined pages searchable with the Search Term parameter. The three predefined Pages: DuckDuckGo, TouchDesigner Wiki and TouchDesigner Forum are defined via a Table DAT inside the webBrowser component. To add or replace search pages, find the Table DAT called "pageSearch" and enter a name and label for how the search page would be displayed in this parameter, plus the url which allows to search.
To add stackOverflow insert a new row into the table DAT called pageSearch with
stack as the value for the name column,
stackoverflow as the value for the label column and
https://stackoverflow.com/search?q= as the value for the url column.
Searchterm - Search Term for Search Page.
Search - Initiate Search on page specified in Search Page parameter.
Parameters - Settings Page
Active - Enables/disables the Web Render TOP.
Update Only when Loaded
Updatewhenloaded - Only shows the web page when it is full loaded.
Transparent - Loads the webpage with a transparent background. This option will restart the browser process.
Audio - Let the browser process play audio if the web page contains audio. This option will restart the browser process.
Restart if Process Died
Autorestart - Automatically restart the browser process if it died.
Restart - Restart the browser process.
An Operator Family that creates, composites and modifies images, and reads/writes images and movies to/from files and the network. TOPs run on the graphics card's GPU.
(1) The TouchDesigner window is made of a menu bar at the top, a Timeline at the bottom, plus one of a choice of Layouts in the middle. A Layout is made on one or more Panes, each Pane can contain a Network Editor, Viewer, Panel, etc. See Pane and Bookmark. (2) Nodes in a network are arranged using Layout commands in the RMB menu.