[PD] colored/swooping cables

David Marrs 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 
look-a-like features.

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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