[PD] Abstract for ACM Multimedia submission
hans at eds.org
Sun May 30 21:22:27 CEST 2004
On May 30, 2004, at 10:56 AM, Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Hans-Christoph Steiner hat gesagt: // Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> Pd is free software and can be downloaded either as an OS-specific
>> package, source package, or directly from CVS. Pd was written to be
>> multi-platform from the beginning and therefore is quite portable; it
>> runs on Win32, IRIX, GNU/Linux, BSD, and MacOS X plattforms.
> You might want to add "PDA" here, but then also maybe not. The text is
> very good in my opinion. I only wonder, if maybe some example projects
> done with Pd could be mentioned as well.
Of course, there is lots of stuff that is not mentioned in this
abstract, but its limited to 250 words (the last version I sent out was
240). Here's another stab:
Pd (aka Pure Data) is a real-time graphical programming environment for
audio, video, and graphical processing. It is the third major branch
of the family of patcher programming languages known as Max (Max/FTS,
ISPW Max, Max/MSP, jMax, etc.) originally developed by Miller Puckette
at IRCAM. The core of Pd is written and maintained by Miller Puckette
and includes the work of many developers, making the whole package very
much a community effort.
Pd was created to explore ideas of how to further refine the Max
paradigm with the core ideas of allowing data to be treated in a more
open-ended way and opening it up to applications outside of audio and
MIDI, such as graphics and video.
It is easy to extend Pd by writing object classes ("externals") or
patches ("abstractions"). The work of many developers is already
available as part of the standard Pd packages and the Pd developer
community is growing rapidly. Recent developments include a RRADical,
system of abstractions for building performance environments; PMPD, a
library of objects for physical modeling; and PDP, a library of objects
for generating and processing OpenGL and video in realtime.
Pd is free software and can be downloaded either as an OS-specific
package, source package, or directly from CVS. Pd was written to be
multi-platform and therefore is quite portable; versions exist for
Win32, IRIX, GNU/Linux, BSD, and MacOS X running on anything from a
PocketPC to an old Mac to a brand new PC. It is possible to write
externals and patches that work with Max/MSP and Pd using flext and
There is no way to peace, peace is the way.
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