[PD] [PD-announce] Pd-0.40.3-extended-rc2 released

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Sun Jun 22 22:58:23 CEST 2008

For this release, there has been a lot of work in making the GUI and  
user experience much more fluid and easy. There is a new visual look  
that was designed to make patches more readable. Additionally, lots  
of things have been tweaked to make Pd behave more like a normal app.  
There has already been a lot of testing on these builds, so it is  
getting quite close to a final version. (Debian/PowerPC is missing  
now but will come later)


Here is a partial changelog:

- next visual appearance designed for readability

- default locations for user-installed externals, helpfiles, etc.
  GNU/Linux:  /usr/local/lib/pd-externals and ~/pd-externals
  Mac OS X: /Library/Pd and ~/Library/Pd
  Windows: %ProgramFiles%/Common Files/Pd and %UserProfile%/ 
Application Data/Pd

- lots of standard key bindings added:
	Enter/Return for OK
	Escape for Cancel
	Ctrl/Cmd-W closes all windows
	on Mac OS X, Cmd-` cycles thru open windows
	on Mac OS X, Cmd-m minimizes windows
	Ctrl/Cmd-R raises/lowers Pd window
	Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-R shrinks/grows Pd window
	Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-L clears Pd window's text console
	Ctrl/Cmd-B opens the Help Browser

- you can now use "~" in all paths to mean home folder, and on  
Windows you can use environment variables, lie %UserProfile% in paths

- Cut/Copy/Paste now work directly into object and message boxes on  
all platforms

- fixed Cut/Copy/Paste for the Pd window's console

- [declare] and [import] now sorted out for loading (but much work  
needs to be done before there namespace support is complete)

- "File -> Save As" defaults to the Home folder (~/) on Mac OSX

- new patches default to the folder last saved in

- included pgp_opengl aka 3dp on GNU/Linux and Mac OS X

- 'hardware' and 'deprecated' removed from libraries loaded by default

- On Debian/Ubuntu, the packages now install into /usr rather than / 

- On Mac OS X, you can now build "standalone" applications from the  
File menu.


- check http://puredata.info/dev/bugtracker before reporting bugs

- Escape, Enter, and Ctrl/Cmd-W don't close the Path and Startup  

- pdp_opengl is alpha and will definitely crash Pd

- loading pdp_opengl will crash Pd if X11 is not open before trying  
to load it

- the GUI runs slower on some older Macs


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during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man  
for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers.      - General  
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