[PD] stupid GUI tricks

Jerome Tuncer columbiatwo at free.fr
Thu Nov 8 14:56:30 CET 2007

In my opinion, this is not _stupid_ GUI tricks at all...

Being asked on the differences between Pd and Max/MSP, how many times 
have I answered starting with "The GUI in pd isn't really as cool and 
smart as it is in Max/MSP but the DSP capabilities are in the end very 

My answer to the lack of GUI elegance is very often a salad of 
overlaying [cnv]'s to make patches look more attractive and thus very 
often more readable.

This kind of effort is not stupid, it is great GUI improvement in my 



Another off-thread thing : I'm really looking forward to the day pd will 
not suffer that much from its GUI implementation : simple slider or 
table visualization/monitoring sometimes being the main reason for a 
ultra complex DSP patch to bo so heavy on the computer/resources ! (-:

Hans-Christoph Steiner a écrit :
> Ok, all this Tcl/Tk has started to rot my brain, so here are some  
> stupid GUI tricks:
> http://eds.org/~hans/pdsketch/stupidguitricks.png
> - change patch background colors in a patch!
> - make your patches transparent!
> - use lots of Tcl/Tk config options!
> Works on my machine :D and hopefully tomorrow's auto-builds...
> http://autobuild.puredata.info/auto-build/2007-11-08/
> (if that link does work, it's not there yet)
> .hc
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