[PD] segmented patchcords (was Re: PD & MAX)

Martin Peach martin.peach at sympatico.ca
Tue Dec 4 18:59:52 CET 2007

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>There are occasional times when segmented patchcords make a patch
>more readable, but the vast majority of the time, they are a
>distraction at best.  I have watched so many Max users spend quite a
>bit of time segmenting and organizing their patchcords.  If they
>instead put that same effort into organizing the code, using
>subpatches, etc., the code would be much more readable and maintainable.
>There is one thing that a patchcord should clearly communicate, and
>that is which two objects are connected.  In order to get that
>information from a segmented patchcord, you have to follow its path
>with your eye.  When the patchcord goes straight from one object to
>another, the connection is much more apparent and easy to perceive.

Yes, I have trouble in Max when the segmented patch cords are all laid on 
top of each other for neatness.

>From my little experiments with pd the connections are even easier to see 
when the cords are all coloured differently.


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