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

Phil Stone pkstone at ucdavis.edu
Wed Dec 5 22:46:12 CET 2007

Martin Peach wrote:
> Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> Color really makes things stand out, especially in a black and white  
>> patch.  So my question is, what would this color fade be  communicating?  A 
>> fade would stand out even more than a solid color,  IMHO.  What is that 
>> fade communicating and is it more important that  other elements, like the 
>> object box, the inlets/outlets, the text in  the boxes, etc.
> I guess just a quick way to tell which end is which. For instance the 
> originating end could be redder and the terminating end could be bluer (and 
> outlets would be red and inlets blue). Or colour saturation could decline 
> along the cord. It may be more useful if a mouseover made the colours 
> appear, otherwise everything stays black.
> Martin

I don't know what made me think of this from reading your post, Martin, 
but it suddenly occurred to me that a good use for color would be red 
(or orange, or yellow... ) for "hot" inputs to objects.  I'm not sure if 
it could be practically implemented without modifying the object's 
source, though.  While for 99% of objects, it would be the left inlet, 
in the exceptional cases like [timer], the visual reminder would be 
particularly valuable.

Phil Stone
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