[PD] dir access

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Wed Aug 20 12:44:56 CEST 2003

Hello all !

I totaly agree with dave, it would be a very powererful to be able to use
this kind of features under windows to.

Not wanting to hardcode filenames etc. into my patches the workaround
right now seems to be to use .txt files in the directories and msgfile to
extract the info.

Does anyone have any other ideas ?

regards /


> Hello all,
> I posted a similar questions months ago...the response from the developers
> seemed to be this:
> 1.  it's easy on linux/PD (something about shell commands)
> 2.  it's impossible on win/PD
> Actually, it's not impossible, but somebody mentioned that performing this
> operation on Windows, being that the file system is handled so differently
> in each OS, would lead to spaghetti code that might eventually become very
> difficult to handle in PD.
> Having said that, I think it would be a very powerful tool and would like
> to
> see some development in this area.
> I work a lot in ASP (for 'web' stuff) and make frequent use of the
> "Scripting.FileSystemObject" in Visual Basic to return collections of
> folders, files, etc.  Using this object one can also move, delete, rename
> and copy files on the fly.  I don't know how this functionality could be
> provided within PD, because my knowledge of 'C' is so limited...but it
> sure
> would be handy!
> To make this issue even more complex: the .NET framework now provides an
> to zip/compress, send mail, edit and resize images, and even return MP3
> file
> attributes (like name, composer, album, year released, bit rate, etc).  I
> wonder if PD will even incorporate some of these tools?
> Regards,
> Dave Sabine
> -----Original Message-----
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> Sent: August 20, 2003 3:43 AM
> To: Luke Yelavich
> Cc: lists at martinmalm.com; pd-list at iem.kug.ac.at
> Subject: Re: [PD] dir access
> Hi !
> No, the openpanel is not what I'm looking for.  I need to load an unknown
> number of images and movies into different buffers depending on their
> names and extensions.
> I know that there is an object in MAX that can search a folder and return
> the contents as a list, so I was wondering if someone has created
> something like it for PD.
> cheers /
> Martin

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