[PD-dev] ideas for developing data structure further
hans at eds.org
Sat Dec 18 21:46:59 CET 2004
In the process of making my "Solitude" composition, I came up with a
few ideas for improvements on Pd's data structures:
- a way to delete scalars
The biggest improvement would be the addition of a method to delete
scalars. This would allow a number of things. A simple example would
be to have a cursor and minute markers that only exists when the score
is being played. A really great example would be the ability to show
and hide parts of the graphical representation. For example, each
voice could be saved to an individual file, then with a toggle, it
would be displayed or hidden.
- a way to raise/lower scalars so you can get to scalars that are
blocked by others
This is minor, but it would be handy to have a "send-to-back" function,
so that you could get to scalars that are completely obscured by
- full color support (8-bits for each R, G, B)
If the data structures support standard 24-bit color, then color could
be a much more usable dimension. The current scheme is a bit odd, and
is quite limited in terms of the range of colors it can represent.
"Computer science is no more related to the computer than astronomy is
related to the telescope."
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