[PD] a general discussion about which software to learn: pd, max, both... or else?

B. Bogart bbogart at goto10.org
Mon Oct 15 05:22:01 CEST 2007

Hi David,

You should learn everything you have time to, that way learning more
stuff that does not yet exist will be easier. PD and Max are very
similar, learning one gets you a huge way to learning the other, just a
few interesting caveats here and there (and differing object names, and

Max/msp is what $600 or so? Plus the upgrades for the rest of your life. ;)

As for alternatives to the "established" stuff look into:

ardour, cinelerra, gimp, inkscape


David Schaffer wrote:
> Hi everybody,
>          I'm a stage/audiovisual technician willing to make a move into
> digital arts. I've been using pd for quite some time know and I was
> wondering if it would be useful for me to learn Max: according to you
> guys, which of the two programs seems to be most widely used, most
> popular, most promising in terms of future devellopements? Is it worth
> to be good in both or to become "excellent" (whatever that means...) in
> one of them? Is there another platform out there that would be worth
> giving a look (outside of the established stuff like pro tools, final
> cut, photoshop etc...) Thank you for your answers.
>                                                                     D.S
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