[PD] new GUI screenshots

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Sun Sep 13 18:35:11 CEST 2009

On Sep 12, 2009, at 3:22 PM, András Murányi wrote:

> It looks so nice on the Mac...! ;o)
> It's a pity it looks way less 21th Century here on Hardy... fyi I  
> have attached the screenshot.

Make you are are running Tcl/Tk 8.5 and it'll look much better.   
Install tcl8.5 and tk8.5, then run:
"update-alternatives --config wish" and choose wish8.5.  Then Pd will  
use the much improved Wish 8.5.

> I have also mocked up a version with my ideas (which are based on my  
> rather limited knowledge of Pd). Please take a look at it.

Did you mock it up in Tcl?

> - Afaik the IN/OUT meters are for the DSP so I would group them with  
> the DSP switch.

Makes sense.

> - I would omit the IN/OUT meter switch. Can we? Or is this a CPU-hog?

I think its useful just to be able to have less distractions.

> - I would suggest having some kind of MIDI IN/OUT LEDs... which  
> could also serve as switches in case you want to suspend MIDI  
> reception or transmission. In my graphics they are just simple  
> switches but I'm not sure it is possible to 'blink' those switches.  
> If not, then we could have separate switches and LEDs.

That also sounds useful for those who use MIDI.  'pd' is not currently  
sending 'pd-gui' that info tho.

> - A LOAD meter. Is this a CPU hog? If not, can we have it on the Pd  
> window? (It is quite hidden under the Media menu, imho also because  
> Media is a quite fuzzy name.)

That's a nice idea.  It would require writing the Tcl code to get the  
load from the OS, but that's probably easy.

> - Console hide, clear. Let's try to have it somewhere right above  
> the console!

A clear button is ok, it is on the File menu.  As for hide, I think  
its easier to just have window resizing work well.  With the pdwindow  
in pd-gui-rewrite, you can manually resize it down to just the metters/ 


> Sorry the mockup is not very well worked out - I just wanted to  
> bring up these quick ideas... ;o)
> Andras
> On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 6:35 AM, Hans-Christoph Steiner  
> <hans at at.or.at> wrote:
> There is a small collection of some screenshots of the new GUI in  
> action.  Add anything you think is worth documenting:
> http://puredata.info/dev/PdGuiRewriteScreenshots
> .hc
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