[PD] LibPD <- Vanilla only ?

Scott R. Looney scottrlooney at gmail.com
Thu Feb 21 05:19:34 CET 2013

well, i'm not experienced at using libpd in an application but i've
definitely researched the topic pretty thoroughly.  peter brinkmann is the
obvious expert here to talk to. so here's what i know:

libpd only uses vanilla objects, although expr~ was recently included in
that group. it can be extended by including other libraries into libpd as
far as i'm aware. i'm definitely aware of at least two cases where the
cyclone library has been compiled for use with libpd.

so, if your plan is to use it locally with your friends, this should
basically work fine. also as far as distribution via the different stores,
there should be no issues with offering a product for Android via Google

however, if you are releasing this product on the iTunes Store, Apple has a
restriction that does not allow third party libraries to be included that
have GPL licensing. since the vast majority of PD libraries have this
licensing on the binaries, it means you will need to recompile the desired
libraries from source and change the license in order to put the product on
the store. BSD or MIT licenses seem to be preferred. without this license
change, i don't think that you can even offer the app for free, but i'm not
sure about this.

if anyone else has more accurate information, feel free to confirm, clarify
or refine.

hope this helps,

On Wed, Feb 20, 2013 at 4:01 PM, Фывапр Олджэвич <tofuckof at inbox.ru> wrote:

> Dear List !
> Are here some people, who worked with LibPD ?
> I'm on a way of trying to make pd-driven sampler for a portable platforms
> (iOS, Android).
> The sampler should use GPS-data, somehow transmitted to PD. So i know that
> this kind of ideas were already succesfully made with PD by RjDj.
> I know that LibPD is the only way to embed the sound engine to external
> code.
> questions right now:
> 1) Is LibPD working with Vanilla version of PD only ?
> Or maybe I can programm in Extended, but not using extra libraries ?
> 2) can the LibPD recieve OSC or some other way an external data ? in my
> case we want it to recieve GPS coordinates and maybe some data from the
> device sensors... ( it is meant to be smartphone)
> And is it done the same way as in extended ?
> Thankyou very much !
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