[PD] Preferences Dialog

Nicolas Montgermont nicolas_montgermont at yahoo.fr
Tue Apr 9 16:06:17 CEST 2013

Under osx, this is usually what is done,
there is no apply button.

Hans's proposition to have separate message is very good as well. It is 
much better to change from the patch, for example, only the number of 
audio outputs than to overwrite all parameters.

One thing missing as well is the ability to select audio/midi device by 
name from the patch, instead of numbers. This is specially important for 
installation when you have different devices connected and no way to be 
sure of the order...

One preference menu seems very nice to me. Audio / midi / startup / path 
tabs for examples. In osx, the preferences menu should not be under the 
"Edit" menu but under the main app name, just after "About"

Good luck,

Le 08/04/13 03:29, Hans-Christoph Steiner a écrit :
> 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.
> .hc
> 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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