About Purr Data
Pd (Pure Data) is a graphical data-flow programming environment which is geared towards real-time interactive computer music and multimedia applications. It is a full-featured open-source alternative to its commercial sibling, Cycling74’s Max.
Purr Data serves the same purpose, but offers a new and much improved graphical user interface and includes many 3rd party plug-ins. Like Pd, it runs on Linux, macOS and Windows, and is open-source throughout.
Purr Data also offers some notable advancements over “classic” Pd-l2ork:
- cross platform compatibility
- improved SVG graphics
Purr Data continues to offer all of Pd-l2ork’s GUI and usability improvements, a help browser giving access to help patches in PDDP (Pd Documentation Project) format, and a large collection of bundled 3rd party externals, while using the latest and greatest version of Pd’s tried and proven real-time engine under the hood.
Purr Data is the official nickname of the Pd-l2ork 2.x branch. Quite obviously the name is a play on “Pure Data” on which “Purr Data” is ultimately based. It also raises positive connotations of soothing purring sounds, and makes for a nice logo. 😺
This repository is a mirror of Wilkes’ original Gitlab repository available at https://git.purrdata.net/jwilkes/purr-data. We mainly use this as a one-stop shop to make it easy for you to get your hands on the latest source and the available releases, including pre-built packages for Linux, macOS and Windows.
At the Johannes Gutenberg University (JGU) we also maintain a collection of Linux packages built from latest git sources for Arch Linux (via the Arch User Repositories a.k.a. AUR) and recent Ubuntu releases (via Launchpad).
Here’s a quick shopping list:
A quick introduction to Purr Data with more details can be found here.
All development takes place on https://git.purrdata.net/jwilkes/purr-data, so that’s where you should go for submitting bug reports and pull requests.
For general support, questions and discussion please subscribe to the DISIS Pd-l2ork mailing list.
The latest and greatest downloads can be found at https://github.com/agraef/purr-data/releases.
Enjoy your stay!