Conway's Game of Life in essence depicts what happens to the cells of a rectangular grid where each rectangle is assumed to have 8 neighbors. 4 on each side and one on each corner. These rectangles or cells have 2 states - either they are alive or they are dead. In Quincy we observe what happens to these cells over generations. Going from one generation to the next a set of rules is applied to each cell to determine whether it survives in the next generation. These rules can also cause it to come alive if it is dead. It all depends on the neighbors.
Quincy is a document-based application. Compositions can be saved, shared, archived and transmitted. It is possible to transmit Quincy documents from Mac OS to an iOS device like an iPhone or iPad. This is done via iTunes File Exchange - a simple drag and drop workflow. The opposite is also true. Compositions created on an iOS device running Quincy can also be opened with Quincy for Mac OS. Quincy ships with 12 sample documents. These are meant as an introduction and can be deleted if so desired.
While this is only a brief introduction to Quincy, hopefully provides an overview of the many possibilities available with this application. Make sure to watch the provided videos and maybe take a look at the documentation for a more in-depth perspective. Quincy is very powerful and a joy to work with. You can create infinite variations on a theme just by coupling playback loops with random inserts or use it in performance mode with one-tap document switching and the ability to draw into the playing document without disturbing the original. Quincy renders stunning visuals, produces the craziest looking metronomes, very atmospheric soundscapes and strange rhythmic patterns that have many uses in music production.
Quincy has its own Facebook site. A little bit of a diary but also a growing collection of all things surrounding the app. Check out the timeline to see the development of Quincy, additional images, platforms and links to several 3rd party reviews. Make sure to stop by and see what's new.