[PD] Fwd: right angle connections

Ivica Ico Bukvic ico at vt.edu
Fri Jun 14 09:51:46 CEST 2013

On 06/14/2013 01:03 AM, michael noble wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 14, 2013 at 1:45 AM, Jonathan Wilkes <jancsika at yahoo.com 
> <mailto:jancsika at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>     They improve readability in situations where a straightforward,
>     structured
>     patch ends up with a line crossing over and obscuring text.
> I'll go out on a limb as someone who rarely posts here. I've been 
> working on a single complex patch, with many abstractions and 
> sub-patches, for a long time now and one of the greatest pleasures of 
> patching in PD for me is taking the time to avoid visual clutter 
> within the constraints of working without right-angles or bezier curves.
> There are basically three types of lines that look any good in PD to 
> me - the horizontal cord, the vertical cord, and one particular 
> diagonal in which the pixels just happen to align in a regular 
> pattern. I would go so far as to say that working with only those 
> three and sufficient white space one can avoid obscuring text in all 
> situations. It takes longer because you have to think about where you 
> place objects as well as what objects you are using, but I personally 
> find I make better patching decisions based solely on the fact that I 
> am forced to think longer about the patching process.
> So long story short, I don't agree that right-angles or beziers are a 
> requirement for clear, structured and readable patches. They may be 
> helpful time-saving tools, but using them would come at a cost for me.
While I agree with you that in most cases segmented patch cords are 
unnecessary, if you never have a need for them I presume you must be 
then using sends and receives for any situation where there is a 
feedback loop like:

[object] x [object]

Segmented patch cords have their advantages, but like any tool, they can 
be also misused to produce even less readable patches. Time permitting 
and provided there is enough interest I may look into adding segmented 
patch cords into pd-l2ork.


Ivica Ico Bukvic, D.M.A
Composition, Music Technology
Director, DISIS Interactive Sound & Intermedia Studio
Director, L2Ork Linux Laptop Orchestra
Head, ICAT IMPACT Studio
Virginia Tech
Department of Music
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0240
(540) 231-6139
(540) 231-5034 (fax)

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