[PD] Preferences Dialog

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at at.or.at
Mon Apr 8 03:29:51 CEST 2013

I think this makes a lot of sense.  Making the preferences take effect
immediately is how most platforms are going these days, and is really how Pd
itself responds.  So I think Pd's preferences should behave accordingly.

The problem is that it will be tricky to do with the current message format.
I think you should probably just ignore the existing preferences mega-messages
and make one-message-per-preference.  That would also make it easier to set
the preferences from a patch.


On 04/05/2013 01:19 PM, Jonathan Wilkes wrote:
> Hi List,
>      I'm going to start coding up a single preferences dialog to replace the
> disparate "settings" dialogs that live in non-standard menus of Pd.
> It will be "Firefox Style", meaning a "Preferences" option in the "Edit"
> menu.  The dialog will have a row of buttons at the top that are icons
> above text.  When a button is clicked it will bring up the tab in the dialog
> window for those particular settings.  (This turns out to be surprisingly
> easy to do in Tk.)
> So far I think there should be an "Audio" button, "MIDI" button, and maybe
> a "GUI" button that could be be split out later if needed.
> I'd like to have changes take effect immediately-- otherwise it might get
> confusing if one changes settings in one tab, then makes changes to another
> and clicks "Apply".  How would this effect UX on Windows and OSX?
> -Jonathan
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