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

marius schebella marius.schebella at gmail.com
Sun Nov 4 23:40:10 CET 2007

hey mathieu,
in case you have not seen this yet.. (max toolbox)

Mathieu Bouchard wrote:
> On Sat, 3 Nov 2007, Luke Iannini (pd) wrote:
>> 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.
> I thought about auto-positioning of objects and figured out that a way 
> to conciliate many potentially conflicting rules about placement of 
> objects, each rule could be defined as a force that pull objects towards 
> their ideal spot relative to that rule. The object will then tend 
> towards an intersection of the ideal spots, or if there is none, it will 
> tend towards somewhere between several ideal spots.
> So, for example, there would be a first force to ensure that objects 
> don't overlap. It would repulse objects from other objects, though not 
> in a way usually seen in physics. A second rule would tend to align a 
> box with the boxes it is connected to, with priority on left inlet 
> connections, and a third rule would tend towards the previous object in 
> the chain. More rules can be added and all rules can be weighted in 
> order to adjust the priority of the rules. By making rules combine in 
> different ways (variable weighting), different systems of priorities can 
> be made.
> This could take an external and a patch, or some tcl code in desiredata.
>> 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.
> DD-E is "coming soon", that is, almost as soon as the rest of DD that is 
> not really coming closer at this point...
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