[LAD] Portable user interfaces for LV2 plugins

David Robillard d at drobilla.net
Thu Mar 3 00:25:17 UTC 2011

On Wed, 2011-03-02 at 18:02 -0500, Paul Giblock wrote:
> I suppose I don't mean to attack lv2. It is a good extensible format,
> and is the product of much dedication, especially on Dave's part.  I
> could write my own extension and be done with it. But then we end up
> with a situation like the external UI is today.
> My concern is if we would ever have a standard extension for this kind
> of thing when the primary maintainer considers the idea stupid, dumb,
> or broken.

I have said numerous times that GL plugin UIs would be a good thing to
do. There is a difference between me personally wanting to spend time
inventing it, and thinking it would be a fine thing for somebody to do.

If I (or any other implementer) thought it was /broken/, then yes, you
would get fragmentation problems - as you should. This isn't broken,
it's just not my thing. To reuse my strained metaphor, there is a lot of
fundamental engine work that needs doing before I care whatsoever about
that paint.

Anyway, I'd actively like to see GL UIs, since I have a host that's a
modular canvas and you could do some pretty awesome things there - but
that doesn't mean I think high performance waveforms and visualizations
and whatever is important, or anything but fluff...

...but that, in turn, doesn't mean I would try to block the tech from
being made. The tech is fine. If anyone wants to invent it, please go
right ahead.


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