[PD-dev] CVS GUI changes

Miller Puckette mpuckett at man104-1.ucsd.edu
Sun Dec 22 18:21:25 CET 2002

Thanks... I'll have a look at these in Jan.


On Tue, Nov 26, 2002 at 01:34:52PM +0000, Adam Lindsay wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just committed a bag of experimental graphical interface changes to
> CVS. The main change is in the structure of the menus, which are now
> invoked in a more "native" way, using modern Tk guidelines (near as I can
> make out). People who like their Linux applications to look/act the same
> way on every other platform will probably not like this. 
> I have tested on MacOSX. I tried the modified pd.tk file on Windows with
> success, but haven't had the resources to compile in the other changes. I
> would *really* appreciate it if other people tested this.
> thanks,
> adam
> More details, if you're curious...
> You can see the pd.tk changes involved here:
> <http://cvs.sourceforge.net/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/pure-data/pd/src/
> u_main.tk.diff?r1=
> Changing the windows also had some side-effects:
>   o The tearoff menus are now in the code as an adjustable global
> parameter. Macs don't use it, PC and Linux do.
>   o Tk reports a mis-feature with -postcommand on both Mac and Win (see
> <http://www.tcl.tk/man/tcl8.4/TkCmd/menu.htm#M8>). As a result, I change
> the way the Edit (undo/redo) and Windows menu refresh. Basically, rather
> than updating when polled, I update the windows when the underlying state
> changes. There's an unsatisfying hack in g_canvas.c::pdtk_undomenu to
> catch a potential bug when a window is destroyed.
> While I was in there mucking about, I modified a few other things,
> following some of Apple's basic human interface guidelines: 
>   o On the Mac, the last three menus are "Audio  Window  Help" instead of
> "Windows  Audio  Help". 
>   o The "right-click" is now truly a right click on a 3-button mouse, and
> control-click is also usable for contextual menus.
>   o You can open html documentation files on the Mac.
> I also revisited JSarlo's gui patches, restoring the useful dark-yellow
> color on signal connections (but overlaying that on top of Miller's
> method for distinguishing them). I tweaked jsarlo's shadows on the Mac to
> make them look more like:
> <http://mambo.peabody.jhu.edu/~jsarlo/gripd/linux1.jpg>
> (The shadows on the Mac were separated from the box by one pixel, which
> is kind of odd. Movement still will cause the box and shadow to be
> separated, for some reason.)
> I tried to set these changes off with tags, but it looks like it didn't
> work (still have a lot to learn with CVS). All of these are in the
> devel_0_36 branch that Guenter described yesterday.
> -- 
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