[PD] Preset management for Pd Vanilla

Jonathan Wilkes jancsika at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 21 18:17:08 CET 2021

Just an FYI-- Purr Data has preset_hub and preset_node from Ivica's Pd-l2ork. I don't think it handles state transitions, but the UX is nice and works seamlessly across abstractions without requiring "$0" for symbolic names.


    On Thursday, January 21, 2021, 2:54:33 AM EST, Alexandre Torres Porres <porres at gmail.com> wrote:  
 Never really needed fancy preset management other than storing messages in a basic vanilla way. But I've seen people mention how Pd lacks a nice preset system. Not that I know what a fancy one actually needs since I never felt the demand. So I'm here to ask what people use in Pd Vanilla, be it a pure vanilla solution or an external. And also to ask what people miss.
This is what I came up with as a pure vanilla abstraction, it's based on [text] and [savestate]. Here's the thing: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A0ISEJo5F1E578WHM1doo1n2CJAthonU/view?usp=sharing
In short, the preset abstraction takes messages and stores them. You can have many of these on your patch and use them to recall presets for any parameters. It takes any kind of messages. I'm making use of built-in sends and receives in the number boxes to make the patch cleaner. Just think that you can have separate control of each parameter having its own preset or group all of them together globally, or a group here and another there, whatever... Once you save the patch, the presets you saved get stored in the patch.

As for my current idea for my ELSE library, I'm using an object similar to grab to take messages from [receive] objects. It's a development over this original vanilla abstraction. My first draft is this, I hope that sharing the screenshot give you a nice idea. 
You can check what's up in my repository for more details... https://github.com/porres/pd-else/blob/master/Classes/Abstractions/preset.pd

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