[PD] UI developer volunteering to help

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sat May 3 10:21:41 CEST 2008


Glad to hear you are interested in working on the GUI, there is a lot  
that needs to be done, and a lot that can be done without too much  
difficulty.  The GuiIdeas page is a good place to start, I'll happily  
give you pointers where I can.  For me, I think the most burning  
issue is the Path and Startup preferences panes.  They are really  
broken and cause lots of confusion.  So if you are interested, you  
could start by sketching up the UI for those in straight Tcl/Tk, and  
then we can get it integrated into Pd itself.

I am not sure what you mean by 'chrome' though.  Also, have you tried  
a recent nightly build of Pd-extended?  I have smoothed out most of  
the keyboard issues, I think.


On May 3, 2008, at 6:04 AM, David Golightly wrote:

> Hey PD gurus,
> I used to use PD a lot but haven't much for the last year or more.   
> Now I'm getting back in to it and finding that the UI is just  
> really clunky and awkward and makes the workflow really painful.  I  
> build website UIs professionally in JavaScript (see http:// 
> www.zillow.com/search/RealEstateSearch.htm for an example of a UI I  
> built, everything except the Flash).  I also have on-the-job  
> experience in design and usability, as well as coding skills in  
> Python and some exposure to C, C++ and Java.  I'd like to start  
> pitching in specifically on GUI and chrome improvements in the  
> trunk for the core PD UI.  How would I go about getting started?  I  
> noticed the page at http://puredata.info/dev/GuiIdeas has some  
> outstanding requests from the community, it seems like the best  
> thing is to start there.  I'd also like to integrate with the  
> developer community to ensure that UI improvements (specifically,  
> better keyboard support and smoothing out some glaring dialog/ 
> chrome issues) don't have a negative impact on realtime audio  
> performance.
> Best,
> David
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