[PD] Pd on Android

Pierre Massat pimassat at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 14:49:41 CEST 2011

This looks really nice! I'm looking forward to the next release!
I'll buy my own phone tonight (hopefuly...) and i'll try your abstractions
sometime soon.

I'd be glad to help if i can, but a quick look at your blog remembered me
that i have very limited skills... I can always test stuff on my own device
if you want and if it makes sense.

I forgot to ask : can i use the tilt-sensor in PdDroidParty?


2011/9/5 Chris McCormick <chris at mccormick.cx>

> Hi Pierre,
> > Hi Chris, I tried PdDroidParty on my cousin's phone over the week-end.
> > It's
> > so easy to install and use it's scary. Thank you for sharing this!
> Great stuff, I'm glad it works easily for you. These kind words make me
> motivated to get the new release out ASAP! :)
> (My Android phone died last night unfortunately but I will try to buy a
> new one today as the new release is very close and I might just be able to
> fit it into the family budget with some stretching heheheh).
> > Now two questions :
> > - Do you plan on improving the GUI just a little bit? (I like the rough
> > look
> > of Pd's native GUI, but i think it'd be nice if we could have a little
> > color
> > on the sliders, bangs and toggles).
> Attached is a screenshot of what I am working on right now. You can theme
> the supported widgets with SVGs. E.g. an SVG image for toggle-on and a
> different one for toggle-off. You can have different SVGs according to
> labels and sendname too. So for example you could have all toggles themed
> with one look, and then give one toggle the "send" field of "record"
> themed differently with an SVG ("Toggle-record-off.svg") that looks like a
> record button.
> > - Can i use [shell] in Android in order to delete and create folders, and
> > generally manage the tracks i record on the phone?
> I have made an abstraction called [loadsave] which wraps openpanel and
> savepanel in desktop Pd and lets you have a nice Android style interface
> on the device. That gives you a small amount of access to the filesystem,
> but not everything you mention. If you use the [menubutton] abstraction
> you can put things in the Android menu too. See the other screenshot for
> that.
> However, your question begs a larger one which is support for a limited
> number of externals. It would be cool to support [shell] and also the OSC
> externals in PdDroidParty, but it really depends on whether they have used
> Hans' Makefile-template which makes compiling for Android trivial. I will
> put this on the TODO list to investigate.
> In the end I would like to keep the number of externals as small as
> possible so that things work on vanilla Pd on the desktop, but if someone
> really needs something I am happy to look at putting it in. This is
> especially true if you get the PdDroidParty code checked out and do the
> work of making an external compile in yourself. :D
> Cheers,
> Chris.
> -------------------
> http://mccormick.cx
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