[PD] some alternative PD icons for OS X

Anthony Saunders anthony at overwhelmed.org
Fri May 20 19:14:42 CEST 2005

I just attempted to "Grab" a screenshot of this, but apparently you 
can't grab a screen of the cmd-tab image.

the pd icon as included with pd on sourceforge is hard-left aligned, 
and appears to use 127 of a possible 128 pixels in height. The corner 
at the top and bottom left overlap with the white border of cmd-tab by 
one pixel or so. This is on a current iBook, running 10.3.9 at 

the hard left align and the vertical height of the icon are it's only 
significant problems. It disrupts the horizontal visual distribution of 
icons in the dock, and it calls great attention to itself when 
cmd-tab-ing, simply because it takes up so much screen space compared 
to a standard set of OS X apps like safari, mail, soundhack, finder, 
etc. And finally, the font used for the "Pd" letters is heavily 
pixelated, which also stands out.

Obviously, these aesthetic concerns are not a big deal in terms of 
getting PD to work, but it's a little bit of polish that could be 
applied and make it feel more native.

I'd be happy to get some input on what people think about this set and 
take it into account for later versions...


On May 20, 2005, at 1:00 PM, Anthony Saunders wrote:

>> Could you send me a screenshot of this?  The current icon works fine 
>> for me in cmd-tab, the Dock, etc. on 10.2 and 10.3
> Sure thing, I'll have to go grab the icon somewhere; it's not that it 
> doesn't "work", but that it overlaps slightly with the white edge of 
> the cmd-tab. It's also very large and very flat and jumps off the 
> screen when seen in a row with more standard OS X icons. Not that this 
> gets in the way of using the app, but I figured I'd take a crack at 
> making the icon more OS X-like.
> Anthony

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