[PD] max msp vs pd

IOhannes m zmoelnig zmoelnig at iem.at
Mon Nov 14 14:58:53 CET 2005

Paul Sellis wrote:
> IOhannes m zmoelnig wrote :

> Does it jMax has no more been really developped since IRCAM wanted to  
> write jMax in Python ?
> As they made a Call for volunteers for a Python GUI for jMax in May  2003 :
> http://freesoftware.ircam.fr/breve.php3?id_breve=3&var_recherche=python
> Quite dead projects ?

well, do not mix the GUI with the core. while jMax is j because of its 
java-gui (or was it an early reference to jitter ? ack, that's sthg 
different), it does not mean that there call for volunteers means 
writing jMax in python.
jMax as well as pd and max is written in C (or was it C++?)

implementing an alternative gui for jmax in python was (i think) only an 
attempt to make jMax fit better into an opensource project like agnula 
(they had license problems dueto java)

> Well� finally, for a newbie that need your advises to controll videos  
> on stage (but not with any live effects) : PD + Gem is OK ?
> Or would you recommand to learn Max/MSP first (with the benefit of  the 
> documentation�), and then to switch to PD with a small adaptation  time ?

i think i am a bad counselor, as i have never touched max/msp before i 
was deep into pd (and since then i only touched it once or twice);
so i have a strong bias towards pd.
with Gem it is even worse, since i am maintaining it.

other people on this list have probably a more open view.


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