[PD] Advice on PD versions for classroom deployment

Christof Ressi christof.ressi at gmx.at
Fri May 24 19:21:15 CEST 2019

personally, I would just go with Pd vanilla. Although it's not considered good practice, you can just throw all the libraries into the extra folder and you basically get something very similar to Pd extended. Students just have to unzip it and can run it anywhere. Note that Pd extended automagically added all library folders to the search paths and loaded all libraries on startup, but with Pd vanilla you have to do that either explicitly per patch with [declare] or use a Pd preference file.

I'm usually not advocating this, but for your situation it will probably be the easiest solution.


> Gesendet: Freitag, 24. Mai 2019 um 18:31 Uhr
> Von: "Martin Dupras" <martindupras at gmail.com>
> An: pd-list at lists.iem.at
> Betreff: [PD] Advice on PD versions for classroom deployment
> For several years now, I've been deploying Pd-extended in my teaching
> environments, and linking to the same installers so that my students
> could install exactly the same version on their own machines. (I am
> perfectly aware that Pd-extended has not been maintained for some
> time.)
> I would welcome advice about a strategy to deploy a monolithic "same
> everywhere" version of PD. Ideally, this would be with a set of
> libraries that are fixed at a given version and work the same on MacOS
> and Windows.
> I'm leaning toward Purr-data, but as I understand it does not yet have
> Gem on MacOS. Is that right?
> Alternatively, would there be a way for me to install PD-vanilla and
> Deken install some libraries in such a way that I can deploy a copy
> with all dependencies in a single folder?
> In essence, the constraints have to do with the fact that software
> installations are managed by our IT team, so I need to give them a
> specific set of instruction and be reasonably guaranteed that the
> results will work. Neither students (nor I) can I install software on
> those machines. It's also important to me to insure that students can
> bring their work to and from university to home, and that the work in
> progress that send me opens and works on my machine.
> Any good suggestions?
> Thanks,
> - martin
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