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A monolithic distribution based on the pd-extended with focus on solid/stable core, enhancements, and usability features, improved appearance, K12 education mode, Pd-L2Ork apps, and more. Pd-L2Ork (pronounced as pd-lork) was originally developed for Virginia Tech's Linux Laptop Orchestra (L2Ork). The new cross-platform (Linux, OSX, and Windows) version 2.x, launched in the fall 2020 as a Pd variant distinct from Purr-Data (formerly referred to also as Pd-L2Ork 2.x), combines best of Pd-L2Ork 1.x and Purr-Data and adds a growing number of new features and improvements. Pd-L2Ork is maintained by Ivica Ico Bukvic.

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Released 2021-11-13

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A monolithic distribution based on the pd-extended with focus on solid/stable core, enhancements, and usability features, improved appearance, K12 education mode, Pd-L2Ork apps, and more. The said distribution is used exclusively by the Virginia Tech Linux Laptop Orchestra or L2Ork. The software has been in development since fall 2009 and is currently distributed as an independent fork of pd, pd-extended, and more recently as a distinct project from Purr-Data, with whom it shared its source between 2016 and 2020. Although the project's initial focus was on Linux, Pd-L2Ork is a cross-platform Pd variant, supporting all major operating systems. All non-GUI externals' source is fully compatible with Pd-L2Ork and can be compiled without any alterations. Pd-L2Ork is appropriate for Pd newcomers and veterans alike. Its most recent version 2.x, it supports all platforms (Linux, OSX, and Windows) and introduces a number of GUI improvements, including the use of the nw.js for its front-end. For additional info on Pd-L2Ork visit the L2Ork software webpage.

Pd-L2Ork also offers a user-friendly K12 mode (see screenshot) geared towards the use in Maker workshops targeting beginners, including elementary and high-school students. Since 2010, it has been used extensively in education, research, and production. With over dozen releases in the fall 2021 alone, the project is known for its nimble development cycle and robust, feature-rich core Pd experience. If interested in contributing to the project, consider joining the l2ork-dev mailing list (https://disis.music.vt.edu/listinfo/l2ork-dev). Pd-L2Ork also includes a growing number of advanced "apps" or a collection of patches and abstractions meant to be used as self-standing applications, including L2Ork Tweeter.
by Ivica Ico Bukvic last modified 2021-11-25 12:34 PM

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