[PD] still a newbie after all these years

Miller Puckette mpuckett at man104-1.ucsd.edu
Tue May 22 06:35:37 CEST 2001

They're identical, except that abstractions are saved as a separate file,
so that you can re-use them.  So, if you're going to use anything more than
once, it's better as an abstraction; if you're going to use it only in one
place just use a one-off sub-patch.


On Mon, May 21, 2001 at 10:57:37PM +0200, Timmy B wrote:
> Iain Mott wrote:
> > 2. for abstractions (a subpatch saved as a file) reference it by typing its
> > name into an object without the '.pd' suffix or with the preceding 'pd'
> > identifier. Ie. your example should simply be "file" rather than "pd
> > file.pd". A 'one-off' subpatch (saved in its parent rather than to file) is
> > created when you type "pd name" into an object - when this is done, a new
> > window pops up in which you can add the contents of the patch.
> Which brings up (begs) the questions: which one is faster /
> more efficient /"better" in which way(s)? is it better to
> copy a subpatch from one patch to another, or to create
> an external file and load it? 
> suggestions, implementation issues, references to
> documentation greatly appreciated...
> cheers,
> tm

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