[LAU] Custom UI development in Pure Data

Federico Lopez fede2001 at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 1 16:30:11 UTC 2013

On 08/31/2013 11:14 PM, Simon Wise wrote:
> 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.

There is a toolkit using WebSockets to communicate Pd and HTML5/javascript


> 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.
> http://droidparty.net/
> All these have advantages, but of course they all involve more work 
> than just using the GUI elements built into the language.
> Simon
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