[PD] changing the look of Pd to be more readable

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sun Nov 4 03:40:35 CET 2007

On Nov 3, 2007, at 8:40 PM, Luke Iannini (pd) wrote:

> it might also be useful to have a very subtle background grid drawn on
> the canvas at certain intervals to help patch organization. Quartz
> Composer has this, as does Max 5 (not saying you HAVE to have it, but
> it might be a nice addition.
> I look at this as the equivalent of properly indented code; a  
> feature I'd really appreciate is the equivalent of auto-indenting  
> since I obsessively line up my Pd patches.
> Secondly, maybe consider making message boxes, object boxes and  
> subpatch boxes each a different color?  I'd consider this the  
> equivalent of syntax highlighting, and though I'm sure choice of  
> default colors will be contentious, I think it would be a boon for  
> busy patches (especially the subpatch/objectbox differentiation; I  
> am always searching for subpatches).
> And finally, it pains me that much of this work we're discussing  
> has already been done by Mathieu and Chun : (!  I have a dream,  
> where DD and PD and PD-E are one.

DesireData has much more substantial and interesting changes than the  
colors and backgrounds.  it is also, unfortunately, not at a fully  
usable state yet.  Since there were 50,000+ downloads of the previous  
version of Pd-extended (0.38.4), I think it's worthwhile to spend a  
couple days to make Pd-extended work better while we are waiting for  



"Free software means you control what your computer does. Non-free  
software means someone else controls that, and to some extent  
controls you." - Richard M. Stallman

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