[PD] [PD-announce] Pd FLOSS Manual Update pt 1
porres at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 20:34:13 CEST 2009
I have to teach in the end of the month, it will be a nice opportunity
to proof read this before, and collaborate with the feedback you want.
On Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 1:40 PM, Derek Holzer <derek at umatic.nl> wrote:
> Dear list,
> the book sprint for the Pd FLOSS Manual last weekend went very well! Several
> writers and proofreaders joined us at each location in New York City and
> Berlin, as well as remote contributors online (see contributors below).
> The good news is that quite a lot of content was generated over the weekend,
> including the beginnings of entirely new sections on GEM, MIDI, Network Data
> and Sensors. You can see the work-in-progress FLOSS Manual via the editing
> interface here:
> The not-so-good news is that most of these new sections are in limbo! Next
> month, Adam and I hope to publish version 1.0 of the Pure Data FLOSS Manual
> to the front page of the FLOSS Manuals site for public viewing:
> The chapters that will be included in Version 1.0 will be:
> GETTING STARTED
> THE INTERFACE
> AUDIO TUTORIALS
> DATAFLOW TUTORIALS
> LIST OF OBJECTS
> But in order to do this, some of the chapters in each section need some
> improvement. Here's what needs to happen immediately. Please take a look and
> see if you can help!
> ____ALL CHAPTERS____
> --Proofreading for spelling, simplicity, new-user-friendliness and
> consistent tone (see INSTALLING, GETTING STARTED, THE INTERFACE and AUDIO
> TUTORIALS chapters for style and format examples).
> ____AUDIO TUTORIALS___
> -> This section is almost done. What remains is to make a proper tutorial
> out of it... i.e. that the examples in the chapter follow a "story" which
> leads up the construction of a simple synthesizer. Due to changes in
> structure of the chapters inside, this needs updating, but I will work on
> -> In general, structure, tone and content of these chapters should serve as
> guide for the rest of the manual.
> -> I would like to see all sections follow this tutorial model, of building
> up a project from the various elements introduced in each chapter.
> -> keep in mind that other sections (such as MIDI, NETWORK DATA, SENSORS,
> etc) can build on examples started in this chapter, so that the whole manual
> is interconnected and has a proper "storyline".
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/Tables
> --where does this go? Dataflow or Audio? (Audio I think)
> --Would be good to integrate with
> --I'd like to crop screenshots to get rid of menu bar
> --Incomplete, needs expansion and also "loop it" and "play sections" parts
> --Could this also be structured like tutorial rather than taxonomy?
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/Messages
> --Looks very good!
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/Math
> --"I guess it isn't necessary to explain how [+], [-], [*] and [/] work. "
> Check for tone.
> --Bit twiddling: empty
> --Expr: empty
> --Audio math: empty
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/Lists
> --Needs more than taxonomy, i.e. real world examples!!!!!
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/OrderOfOperations
> --Needs a little attention, but I'm not sure, maybe simpler examples,
> clearer screenshots, explain object abbreviations in-line if used
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/WirelessConnections
> --Examples too busy, need to be simpler!!!!!!
> --Text doesn't really connect to examples
> * Subpatches, Abstractions & Dollarsigns
> --These should all be in one chapter, explaining how to make reusable
> patches with nice interfaces, rather than atomized into different
> chapters(title = Patch Management?)
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/Subpatches
> --Needs final real world example, maybe in connection with abstractions +
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/Abstractions
> --Tie in with Patch Management (to be created)
> --Better examples!
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/DollarSigns
> --Get rid of this chapter, confusing collision with dollar signs in messages
> --Better examples, explained in-line in text
> --Tie in with Patch Management (to be created)
> --All examples are not saved anywhere!!!!!
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/GraphOnParent
> --Move to Patch Management (to be created)
> --Not completely explained (colored background canvas)
> --No colors in Pd patch screenshots please!
> * http://en.flossmanuals.net/bin/view/PureData/ArraysGraphsTables
> --Check text for clarity, accuracy, simplicity
> --Redo screenshots with antialiased text please!
> ___LIST OF OBJECTS____
> -> Table format doesn't work in some browsers (Adam Hyde will look into
> -> HTML tables don't work well here, Adam Hyde will reformat text with <h1>,
> <h2> and <h3 tags>
> ...and finally, THE CONTRIBUTORS!
> Here are the folks that helped us rock last weekend, in no particular order:
> (My apologies if I accidentally left someone out!)
> Thanks all, I'm looking forward to seeing this 1.0 version looking its best!
> ::: derek holzer ::: http://blog.myspace.com/macumbista :::
> http://www.vimeo.com/macumbista :::
> ---Oblique Strategy # 123:
> "Once the search has begun, something will be found"
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