[PD-dev] pd interface questions

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sat Apr 2 19:54:24 CEST 2005

On Mar 30, 2005, at 1:42 PM, mike2005 at acc.ocad.on.ca wrote:

> The 0.38.3 version of pd is a much nicer install than the .37 version,
> especially on OS X because it keeps everything in one place inside a
> .app file that the end user simply double clicks to launch. The older
> version throws files all over the place. Thanks to those who did the  
> work on this.
> There is a disadvantage to the new version though, in that it isn't  
> possible to search for pd objects using the standard OS find utility  
> because it can't search inside of .app files. I can open the .app but  
> I can't search it. This could be solved by integrating a search  
> function into pd itself. As a new user it is difficult to find objects  
> and their documentation without the ability to search.
> Is this a suggestion worthy of developer attention?

Very much so, and has been a hot topic with developers recently.  Check  
the Pd-dev IRC meeting logs for more info:


> Also because the "5 Reference" section contains listings which all  
> start
> with "help-" you must type at least six characters before you can get  
> to
> the point in the menu where you want be. If they were structured like
> the following it would be easier to get around:
> acoustics-help.pd
> Where do I find help-fiddle~.pd? It isn't in the "5 Reference" section  
> of the help menu where I would expect to find it. In fact I cannot  
> find any reference to fiddle in any of the help menus, yet I can make  
> the object and control click to get the help. As a new user I don't  
> understand the logic of the help menu.

*-help.pd is the new standard.  No one has done the grunt work of  
converting the old help-*.pd files to the new standard...


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