[PD] [PD-dev] First complete keyboard navigation prototype

Christof Ressi christof.ressi at gmx.at
Sat Jun 8 13:35:41 CEST 2019

Hi, this looks like wonderful! I'll try it out in a couple of days and give feedback. I can also help with code if needed.

My biggest issue with visual programming is the amount of mouse interaction needed in contrast to text based programming (especially when sitting in a shaky ÖBB-train with a tiny laptop). A keyboard workflow like yours could be extremely useful for power users.


Gesendet: Samstag, 08. Juni 2019 um 04:52 Uhr
Von: "Henri Augusto Bisognini" <msndohenri at hotmail.com>
An: "pd-dev at lists.iem.at" <pd-dev at lists.iem.at>
Betreff: [PD-dev] First complete keyboard navigation prototype

I've finally managed to get time to finish a prototype for a keyboard navigation interface. I mixed some ideas i had with some I've seen in Desire Data's old screenshot gallery (http://artengine.ca/desiredata/).
I've recorded some gifs to demonstrate it. (https://imgur.com/gallery/WSB40P7[https://imgur.com/gallery/WSB40P7]). It shows me using the help patch (which i've put in 7.stuff/keyboard.navigation). You can read about which keys to use in the comments.
The source can be found on my GitHub, on the kbd_nav branch (https://github.com/HenriAugusto/pure-data/tree/kbd_nav[https://github.com/HenriAugusto/pure-data/tree/kbd_nav])
Basically I've wanted to try:
- navigating through objects/inelts connection with ctrl+arrows (cmd+arrows on Mac)
- automatically positioning new objects according to selected inlet/outlet
- a console bar to send messages to the focused patch
- ability to display each object index (to be used with the functionalities below)
- a new "goto" canvas message to select any object in the patch
- a "magnetic connector" that connects the selected in/outlet to the nearest ins/outs
- a "digit connectors" that displays indexes 0 to 9 for the 10 nearest possible connections. Just press the number and it will connect it for you
- pd can automatically fill for you a "connect" message in the console containing the info for the selected inlet/outlet. It will even select for you the part you need to fill
- You can click objects with shift+enter. Mostly useful for sending bangs and opening subpatches/abstractions
Everything is intended to be as minimal as possible and very easy to use. I wish to propose we study including it in vanilla.
Well, what do you guys think?
This is my first time working on a project this big so help me out if i did anything incorrectly. I've been testing the major functions on Win for a while now but couldn't test on mac/linux.
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