[PD] and it's PR/Marketing, or those

David Powers cyborgk at gmail.com
Sat Oct 14 19:58:22 CEST 2006

First, let me say that I have got some things running really stable -
ie. generative MIDI output, and Gem, once I upgraded to the
experimental version, and modified some things in my patches, to get
around limitations of that version.

However, my biggest problem with PD is still that things crash all the
time, but nobody ever can say why, and I'm not sure if things are
improving. Particularly, when working with digital audio, there seem
to be some problems, as well as in the opening and closing, and
modifying of files, generally. I'm not sure if this is a WinXP issue,
or what - but I'm having such problems even with "core" PD, no
externals added, just modifying Miller's example patches. The
frustrating thing is, others don't seem to be able to replicate it,
and sometimes even I can't replicate the error.

But still - unstable is unstable, and for a live performance or
installation, that's a BIG problem. What am I to do if PD crashes in
the middle of a 45 minutes piece with live musicians???

The end result is that I may be forced to use commercial software like
Reaktor, when it would be nice to use something open source, and where
I would be ready to share the results of my patches with the PD


On 10/14/06, Adrian <nordbaer at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm sorry for this more like OT, it's just my thought about improving
> PD and it's externals in another way.
> I'm struggling ...
> PD is one of the best tools for making people
> learn/experiment/perform/interact digital/electronic art at it's best.
> But where are the people that are PD's target. I'm trying to suggest
> that PD should try to follow a Popper-alike way of developing. Make it
> easy accessable for the people and use their input. Except if PD and
> it's externals are purely egoistic developments, which i don't think
> is the case ;)

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