[PD] colored/swooping cables
David.Marrs at myrealbox.com
Tue Mar 8 11:43:46 CET 2005
robertgarvin at bellsouth.net wrote:
>1. colored cables (in the main window, not some gui thing. but in the place where most patches are normally made).
Coloured cables could be useful to help resolve which chord goes where
in crowded areas of a patch, for sure.
>2. Swooping cables (i think this would be rather bothersome though, having cables swoop all over the place, etc.)
NO THANKS!! I remember auditioning Arturia Moog Modular V. The cables
worked in that because there was room for them (MMV takes up the whole
screen), and they were in keeping with the look of the original Moog on
which the softsynth was based, but they *did* get in the way and they
*were* cumbersome. I pretty soon switched off all the hardware
I'd hate to see Pd adopt cables like that. I'm very happy with Pd the
way it is now, actually. What's the point of trying to emulate hardware
when you're using software, anyway? Better to make the GUI as useful as
possible for its required task rather than add pretty features that are
unnecessary and possibly counterproductive.
As well as being able to colour-code the chords in Pd, it may be nice to
be able to put kinks in them if it makes them easier to track. A system
similar to that used in electronic circuit diagrams, for example, might
be useful in crowded areas of a patch. But then again it might not.
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