[PD] Thoughts in conclusion of the 4th Pure Data Convention

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Fri Feb 10 04:20:21 CET 2012

----- Original Message -----
> From: Peter Brinkmann <peter.brinkmann at googlemail.com>
> To: Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com>
> Cc: "Pagano, Patrick" <pat at digitalworlds.ufl.edu>; Max <abonnements at revolwear.com>; PD list <pd-list at iem.at>
> Sent: Thursday, February 9, 2012 8:56 PM
> Subject: Re: [PD] Thoughts in conclusion of the 4th Pure Data Convention
> Some random thoughts on various topics that have come up so far:
> * Being afraid of Pd: Usability experts like to talk about things like
> discoverability and constraints, and most users have been taught to
> expect user interfaces that tell them what to do.  Pd doesn't do any
> of that.  It greets you with a blank canvas and no indication what to
> do next.  Now, I happen to believe that that's the right foundation
> for creative work, but a lot of people are freaked out by the lack of
> guidance.

It would really help here to get some feedback directly from new users 
who are having problems.  I'm sure we all have our theories on UI but 
many more threads like "WANTED ALIVE objects" can help elucidate 
concrete problems that we can start fixing right away.


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