[PD] [PD-dev] REQUEST: Passed parameters into subpatch

João Pais jmmmpais at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 11:57:16 CEST 2020

I always structure my patches as xxxpatch.pd, and all abstractions in a 
folder, so that all abstractions can be called as [pp/xxx]. Then there's 
only one pd file in the main project folder, everything else is tucked 
away. Also very easy to zip together.

If you want to pack pd projects in a "pd format", don't forget all other 
files that belong to Pd projects - sound, midi, text, images, video, ... 
Is it worth it to re-invent a pd-zip format when zip already exists and 
is ubiquitous?

> On Sun, 2020-08-16 at 18:49 +0800, Matt Davey wrote:
>> Much easier just to
>> have 2 subpatches than save a separate abstraction file, especially
>> if you're working on a big project with lots of files.  Also makes it
>> easier to share things with people if you only have to share one .pd
>> file rather than a folder with abstractions, etc.
> I see how distributing only one file is simpler than a folder with many
> pd files, but having many copies of the same code is impractical and
> clumsy. How about an extended file format (.pdz?) that is actually an
> archive containing all the relevant files that would be extracted on
> the fly at loading time? I can't count the number of software that work
> like this, so there is precedent. Am not sure if the added bloat to Pd
> would be worthwhile...
> Roman

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