Fw: [PD] logo or icon?? or design?

Mathieu Bouchard matju at sympatico.ca
Fri Oct 24 18:08:09 CEST 2003

On Fri, 24 Oct 2003, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:

> While the images look nice, I think that there shouldn't be too many
> things to make Pd 'pretty'.  To me usability is more important than
> presentability.

Well, a good part of presentability is about usability. I'll tell you one
pretty annoying thing in PD. This is from my personal list of reasons not
to use PD for real work:

 * PD isn't made for long constructors and long comments, as it truncates
   comments containing newlines (YUCK), and prevents objectboxes from
   containing any, _and_ doesn't allow to set the max width of a box.

I don't know whether this has been fixed recently, but I retried only a
few weeks ago.

In that list I forgot to mention messageboxes, which have their own set of
weird quirks wrt box size; it is quite a contrast, as it actually appears
like it's trying to do something about screen width. It's just that it
horribly fails at it.

It'd be nice if the feature I'm talking about would be supported by the
same unified code. After all, edition of an objectbox, a messagebox, and a
comment, are essentially the same, and I don't see any need to split that
functionality threefold.

I may eventually devote some time to attempting to do something about it,
but I don't really know my way around the PD source code, and my previous
attempts at getting what I want (eg, fixing the backspace bug, back
then) failed horribly, and then jMax-2.5 is still my main platform.

Mathieu Bouchard                       http://artengine.ca/matju

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