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

marius schebella marius.schebella at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 19:36:29 CET 2007

The gui has to be a mixture of both, 1) providing style options for 
programmers who want to make use of it and 2) the possibility to view 
patches also in old "text-only" black and white style for users that are 
distracted by too much new technology and design. I think it is similar 
to web browsing. If you don't want style-sheets you always can use lynx.
For Pd to finally become a tool that can be used to create instruments 
that will be shared, I see no other possibilty than to go with some 
I don't see any movement from Miller into that direction (to conjure up 
style features), I simply think, there is no possibilty to get 
additional style information into patches. that given, the 
"enhancements" are limited anyway. Maybe someone has to come up with an 
alternative objectbox-style that provides all the style settings. (like 
number2 or comment from cyclone). or maybe it is possible to create a 
wrapper object that does the same like any objectclass itself, but with 
additional layout-information.
But, who is willing and able to do the work? ... So all that talk is 
going 'poof'. You want to create a patch to share? Use something 
different for the interface and run pd -nogui.

Frank Barknecht wrote:
> Hallo,
> Hans-Christoph Steiner hat gesagt: // Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> I'll add -vanillagui to set the old colors. 
> As I wrote in my mail, I don't think using command line options in
> this fashion is a good idea. It's not maintainable. It forces people
> to choose either A or B, when they actually want 1.2635 or 9.3463
> Ciao

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