[PD] how to tidy up patches ?

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 12 04:51:54 CET 2012

----- Original Message -----

> From: Mathieu Bouchard <matju at artengine.ca>
> To: Фывапр Олджэвич <tofuckof at inbox.ru>
> Cc: PD-list <pd-list at iem.at>; d-list at iem.at
> Sent: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 9:26 PM
> Subject: Re: [PD] how to tidy up patches ?
> Le 2012-01-12 à 05:47:00, Фывапр Олджэвич a écrit :
>>  is there any option in PD to make complex patches look less messy ? for 
> example in MAX you can hide all the connections in performance mode..
> It's more important to make patches less messy, rather than making them look 
> less messy.

There are some basics, like trying not to hide wires and avoid ambiguous placement 
of objects/wires, but at some point it becomes a wasted conversation because 
box widths and therefore wire positions/angles can vary based available fonts and 
how the windowing system renders them.  So a patch on one system can look 
"tidy", while different fonts (or different rendering of the same font) can introduce 
an ambiguity on a different system.


> But if you really want to hide things, you can hide both the connections and the 
> ordinary objects by using the Graph-on-Parent (GOP) feature of subpatches and 
> abstractions.
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