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Bringing LilyPad into LilyPond

From: Ed Baskerville
Subject: Bringing LilyPad into LilyPond
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2005 02:43:14 -0700

Hi all,

As you've probably seen from my message to the user list, I've released a (rather feature-poor) preview of LilyPad, an integrated editor/previewer for LilyPond on Mac OS X.

First, an apology to the LilyPond icon designer: I stole it. But that theft was meant not as an act of aggression, but as a symbol of cooperation: I'd like to bring the LilyPad code into LilyPond itself, if there's interest--it just doesn't make sense, for me or for the community, to maintain a separate Mac OS X front end, when I could be helping to polish up the Mac-ness of the mainline

After I wrote the initial code, I was surprised to find some Mac OS X niceties work their way into the LilyPond 2.6 release--initially I was a little annoyed at the duplicate work, but ultimately pleased that things were moving forward on the platform. I promised the fruits of LilyPad within the week, and (as usual) got sidetracked. (Advice: never promise to release software while being a traveling chamber music minstrel.) But you can now see what I was doing.

So, first, the main question: is there interest in combining the existing with some of the features and approaches of LilyPad? If there is interest, I'd be happy to take the reins on OS X GUI development--it's what I know best. If somebody else is already doing this actively, I'd be happy to alternatively have a smaller, supporting role.

If so, the next question: what logistically has to happen to get that code in there and to get me involved in the process? I know nothing about the development standards, build system, source tree, etc., so I'd love some guidance.


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