Re: [PD] Pdpedia and random generation

2009-04-01 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

 It would be good to have
standards on how articles should be formatted and what kind of
information should be presented.

yes I agree. At the origin in 2006..., I have 
suggested to some french PDers the following 


* a lexicon-dictionary about objects/externals/abstractions ( Done)

* a category search portal ( one of the most 
important feature for pd newbies ), like in 
Wikipedia portalédia:Catégories 
( to do)

Example of category search: 
pix_add /pix_subtract /pix_diff /pix_composite/ 
pix_multiply/ PDP_blend ( fiction...)

* multilingual structure as Wikipedia ( very 
important for educational uses in the world where 
people will stay with commercial software just 
for this reason ( France for example)) (Done)

future options, when the database will be completed enough:

* tools or wiki tags for visualizing patches ( 
parsing of the patch code to create an image of 
the patch, server side) and downloading text 
patches from PDpedia

* Pdpedia database embedded with PD extended ( 
when completed) for offline consulting

* in PD: a contextual help with access to the 
related pdpedia page (in PD itself or online)


About the formatting of one page, I have suggested the rubriques:


(from the body of the page)

Nature of the element (object/external/abstraction/
Short Definition
Generalities (long definition)
Compatibility ( wich versions of pd)
Warnings and incompatibilities
Tricks and alternative ways to do it
Examples ( expanded help file+ other examples 
with pictures), links to video examples

Tutorials on this element, links to videos
Associated objects, related objects
Equivalents in similar open source softwares
Author(s) of the object, links
Contributors of this page.


(from the infobox)
ultra short description
release version
release date
programming language
platform (i.e Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux)
operating system (i.e. Windows XP, Windows 2000, Mac OS X 10.3, Debian, etc.)
data type
distribution (i.e. Pd-vanilla, pd-extended, pure:dyne, etc)
link to the code


about the work to do on the PDpedia, I have 
suggested to organize PDpedia Parties:

It's a on day or two days fiesta gathering, where PDers decide:
-first : how many objects they will document, and 
wich objects ( 5 per person during 3 hours for 
-then they document individually, in a fiesta 
atmosphère, during a limited amount of time.

-then, they create collective(s) performance(s) in a complete fiesta atmosphere

I have also suggested that all PD teachers should 
give time in their workshops for the students to 
document on PDpedia the object they are 


Of course, PDpedia is a long term project. There 
are also many initiatives like the great 
FLOSSmanuals, or videopedia to produce tutorials.

Because of the 2500 objects/elements, the PDpedia 
is more on the encyclopedic aspect.
2500 objects and more could be completed in many 
languages in five years, if the community 
understand how politically important is to help 
newbies to use such tools with documentation 
facilities. Documenting is not sometimes very 
sexy, that's why I suggest to organise PDpedia 


and yes, I agree, there is a need for some 
maintainers ( I can not do it at this time), for 
an antispam system with a captcha or similar 


2009/3/31 Alexandre Porres
  so we need :someone to manage the system, ok, but then I see that this
  problem is kinda well solved, right?
  But how do you all see the writting of articles? Is it growing out well? I
  believe someone could also direct how things are going, and that a main
  team could work on it by fomenting its development and all...

Something like a WikiProject on wikipedia? It would be good to have
standards on how articles should be formatted and what kind of
information should be presented. I see there has been some effort to
generate a standard layout for an article on an object, with inlets,
outlets, arguments and messages as separate sections; but I can't find
a good article to serve as an example for how all articles should
look. The best I can find is:
If more articles looked like this, I think pdpedia would be much more useful.

Do we want pdpedia to just be a reference manual of objects, or do we
also want to include design patterns such as the [pack 0 0 0 0
0]/[unpack 0 0 0 0 0] idiom mentioned elsethread, tutorials, good

[PD] PD developper residency

2008-10-20 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

Residency: wanted software developer

For a new Artist in Residence project at 
[ars]numerica (Montbéliard Cedex, France;, media artist Sonia Cillari 
is looking for a software developer for a period 
of 5 weeks. The starting date is beginning of 
February 2009.
Requested: fluidity in a wide range of languages 
and tools, understanding of both software and 
hardware sides of creative projects with digital 
media. C/C++, OpenGL, Ogre, 3D programming, PD, 
physics simulation, computer vision, sound 
The timeframe of the project is in consultation 
with the artist. More information is available on 

If you're interested, please contact:
Yasmina Demoly (chargée de production 
[ars]numerica): mina ( at ]

Sonia Cillari ( sonia.cillari ( at ]

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[PD] PD on Iphone/Palm, etc.

2008-10-17 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

Hello from real world,

  As several of you might already know, now it is official.
  Check this out:

  A fully functional Pd just hit the iphone appstore, and you can create
  Pd patches
  with the system and run them on the iPhone.

I really appreciate that some of you, developpers, like to invent PD 
devs for such mobile devices. Great developpements. Big fun. But you 
spend a lot of time for those games for rich, for an elite. In many 
countries, just the price of an Iphone and accessories is enough to 
feed one starving family FOR A YEAR !
[For the first time ever, this year, this evening, about 850 million 
humans will go to bed hungry, like yesterday, and may be tomorrow].
When some of our best PD brains are working (with FLOSS) for few 
riches only, it is a mystery for me.

BUT some PD-developpements for handheld devices have been done to run 
PD on small CPUs: has someone succeeded in installing PD on an OLPC 
XO ? I have no competency to do it, but if some people in france want 
to try, we have some XO available in the hackerspace tmp/lab in 
Vitry. Contact OLPC-france.


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[PD] video of PD/freeduino workshop in Senegal

2008-05-16 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

(16 Mo), be patient if the film doesn't appear immediately.

all sounds and image animations made with PD


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[PD] 5 days PD workshop in Dakar last week

2008-05-14 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

Our Pure Data/Processing/Freeduino/Linux workshop in Dakar was a 
succes. 99% of the Senegal is on windows, but we have used the 
Pure:Dynebolic live and the ubuntu on HD most of the time.

BBC report here, begining at the 15th mn, JNM talking about free 
ressources, Pure Data and Floss.

and some images here:

Africa is one of the best future for digital creativity with open source.


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Re: [PD] Alternate Controllers

2008-03-19 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

Don't forget one of the cheapest interface, the USB Bit Whacker
official web
and sold 19 $ at sparkfun = 12 euros

and the GNUSB


the ethernut

the DLP IO

the ispsonlab and co

the AID

the artjoy

the semifluid projects

the CUI

the gadgetboard

the nuxie1


the midiscarff

the CV to midi

the interface-z

and many others...  I have collected about a 
hundred different low cost interfaces links for 
interactive creation for the CRASlab activities, 
and I would really like to have the power to 
compare and document all this interfaces in terms 
of cost per input/ouput, open hardware, latency, 
protocols, DIY possibility and time, components 
availibility in the world, recycling, power 
cunsumption, etc, to complete 

but we have just money for making one USB Bit 
Whacker, wich is one of the best !



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Re: [PD] PD VideoPedia Project

2007-12-12 Thread Jean-Noël Montagné

OK, there are and there will be more videos about PD on youtube and 
colleagues. The problem is not to organize PD contents on youtube, 
this monopolistic video vacuum-cleaner, but to organize the links to 
the youtube/dailymotion etc. PD videos to find the right video at the 
right time.

Some solutions:

-create a video links page on the official wiki, with 
categories index, links and descriptions of each film +tag about the 
language of the video.

-create an international video links page on pdpedia wiki, with 
categories index,  links and descriptions of each film+tag about the 
language of the video.

but I would prefer:

-Install a PDmotion video server, exempted from advertising, ( 
Oggvorbis/theora/icecast or Red5 driven ), and use PDpedia.


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