[PD] [PD-announce] Pd-extended 0.40.3 released, dedicated to Jamie Tittle

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Wed Jul 30 06:54:51 CEST 2008

Finally, it's done!  The most polished release of Pd yet.  We are  
further refining Pd into a truly powerful and usable programming  


This release is dedicated to Jamie Tittle, aka tigital, who recently  
died of cancer.  He was a long time and key contributor to Gem and Pd  
in general, even while he was in the hospital undergoing treatment.   
He is sorely missed in this community, and I am sure by many others.

Some highlights of this release:

  * more functional namespace tools ([declare] and [import])
  * new appearance designed to enhance readability
  * GLSL shader support in Gem
  * usability improvements
  * on Mac OS X, you can now build "standalone" applications
  * standard locations for user-installed externals
  * many bug fixes

Here's the rough 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

- improved Cut/Copy/Paste support for working in object and message  

- 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.

- bug fixes and clean up of [hid] and mapping externals

- included config in Info.plist for the Spotlight Importer


- 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 in some situations


All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies,  
one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better  
language; and every chapter must be so translated.... -John Donne

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