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Pure Data L2ork Contributor's Guide
#Pure Data L2ork Contributor's Guide
maintainer: Ivica Bukvic <>
maintainer: Jonathan Wilkes <>
One Paragraph Project Overview
##One Paragraph Project Overview
Pure Data (aka Pd) is a visual programming. That means you can use it to
create software graphically by drawing diagrams instead of writing lines of
code. These diagram shows how data flows through the software, displaying on
the screen what text-based languages require you to piece together in your mind.
Three Paragraph Project Overview
##Three Paragraph Project Overview
Pd has been designed with an emphasis on generating sound, video,
2D/3D graphics, and connecting through sensors, input devices, and MIDI as well
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also suitable for learning basic multimedia processing and visual programming
methods, as well as for realizing complex systems for large-scale projects.
Distributions of Pure Data
##Distributions of Pure Data
There are currently three main distributions of Pure Data:
1. Pd-l2ork. Version used by Ivica Bukvic for his laptop orchestra. This
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2. Pure Data Extended. A monolithic distribution which ships with lots of
external libraries. At the moment it doesn't look to be maintained.
Pd-l2ork Goals
##Pd-l2ork Goals
Pd-l2ork has the following goals:
0. Documentation. We like documentation. It's like code, except friendly.
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documentation. We like documentation, so it follows that we like consistent
Installation Guide
##Installation Guide
To install using a pre-compiled binary, follow these instructions:
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Then follow the steps outlined here:
Contributor's Guide
##Contributor's Guide
Contributing is easy:
1. Join the development list:
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that has a link in the Pd console. It can be a little demo or game,
just something fun that shows off what can be done using Pure Data.
Project "Underview" (Implementation and Code Style)
##Project "Underview" (Implementation and Code Style)
The following is adapted from Pd Vanilla's original source notes. (There,
they are found in CHANGELOG.txt for some reason...)
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