[PD] Advice on distributing pd-based software for apple

Brad Garton garton at columbia.edu
Fri Sep 18 19:00:20 CEST 2020

Yes -- each person has to do it to allow it to run on their system.


On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 9:40 AM João Pais <jmmmpais at gmail.com> wrote:

> that is interesting. But it means that each person has to do it in their
> system, correct? I can't do it after creating the package and then
> distribute it around?
> (for the people I'll send this, running a terminal command is much harder
> than clicking on the system settings)
> You can use a variant of these instructions:
>> http://sites.music.columbia.edu/brad/osx-windows-new-RTcmixes/annoying.html
>> to get around the STUPID ANNOYING STUPID OBNXIOUS Apple gatekeeper
>> code-signing thing.
>> brad
>> On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 8:51 AM João Pais <jmmmpais at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> Hi list,
>>> I'm preparing a package based on Pd work, but I run into annoying
>>> problems with recent apple OSs, namely notarization and security. Things
>>> seem to work if the user commits to switching off all security protocols,
>>> but for people who don't know Pd, they might be squeamish about this.
>>> Therefore I wanted to ask a couple of questions to someone who might have
>>> experience in distributing pd-based patches.
>>> For clarity: the package is a max patch (for both runtime and standalone
>>> versions), with the Pd app and patches included in a supporting folder -
>>> running with the recent pd~ object. When done properly, the user won't even
>>> be aware that pd itself is running.
>>> - how can one avoid asking a user to allow safety access to Pd and its
>>> externals? And while at that, to the max standalone as well?
>>> - I'm myself a windows user, and don't have a mac - I can only get the
>>> standalone compiled when a friend grants me access to his computer. Which
>>> system do you advise to prepare a package? It works fine in 10.13, from
>>> 10.15 seems to be problematic.
>>> - I had a look at codesigning a package, but it seems that it's
>>> necessary to sign up as an apple developer and pay 100us a year, which I'm
>>> not willing to do. The package won't be going to any app store, it's just
>>> to distribute as a zip file for computers. Any way to circumvent this?
>>> Best,
>>> jmmmp
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