[LAU] Custom UI development in Pure Data

Simon Wise simonzwise at gmail.com
Sun Sep 1 04:14:35 UTC 2013

On 01/09/13 03:26, Heikki Ketoharju wrote:
> Hi everyone!
> I don't know if this should be asked in LAD, but I'm fed up with Pure
> Data's own gui components, and would like to develop my own gui with
> something else (GTK? QT?). I don't have earlier experience with any UI
> toolkit, so I don't have any favourites. What is easiest approach to custom
> gui development with PD?
> I need something like list boxes and buttons with custom text. Nothing too
> special.

You have some choices:

1/ use whatever toolkit you prefer to build your GUI app, and send messages to 
PD over a socket. Pd is a language, you don't need to use the GUI parts of it at 
all ... it has very mature ways of listening to input of all sorts.

2/ ditto, but send osc or midi instead of native pd messages

3/ ditto, but use real hardware interfaces rather than the somewhat limited 
ascii - mouse - screen interface of most toolkits.

4/ use libpd to give access to lots of PD from within the GUI application you 
are building

5/ look at droid party for a project that provides another GUI method, using 
libpd internally, for making interfaces on Android (and iOS) devices.


All these have advantages, but of course they all involve more work than just 
using the GUI elements built into the language.


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