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What is the textbox example supposed to do? Texteditor/textbox questions

My endgoal is to have a box in the GUI into which the user can type csound code, and then press a “compile” button and have it compiled on-the-fly with compileorc.

This led me to checking out the texteditor / textbox widgets but I am highly confused. First of all, there’s no textbox entry in the docs, although there is an example under File>Examples>Widgets>textbox. I don’t understand what this example is supposed to be doing. Is Csound somehow receiving the text I type as a string? Is it being written to the text file? I can edit the text in the box, but I can’t add a newline by pressing enter, Ctrl+Enter, Shift+Enter, or Alt+Enter (I’m using Windows).

The docs entry for texteditor mentioned multiline vs. singleline mode but there is no information on how to to set this mode. I do see how the up/down buttons work in the texteditor example to scroll through the previous strings. I suppose one could use this functionality to rig Csound to recieve the code one line at a time, each time in a new string variable, and concatenate them to create the file, but this wouldn’t be very helpful if I wanted to go back in and change a previous line…

I already have created some very useful standalones that do what I want using a textfile: I edit the textfile in notepad while the program is running, and when I press the compile button, compileorc is called to read the text file. This works great, its just I don’t want to have to use notepad. I want to be able to edit the code right in the GUI window.

Actually the most useful thing would be to have the multiline text that I enter into the widget get saved as a text file, and then immediately compiled with compile orc. That way the code I write would get saved.

Another confusing thing about the texteditor docs is that the example makes use of a file() identifier, but this identifier isn’t mentioned or explained in the list of identifiers.

file() will let you load a particular file to the text editor on startup. And yes, the docs do need some work :slightly_frowning_face:

I’ve attached an example that will let you do what you want, but I can’t get the compileorc bit to work, even though it seems to be passing a valid string. You need to press Cmd+Enter to send the entire string.

compileOrc.csd (660 Bytes)

Let me know if you get this to work. I can’t see why compileorc is not working, I’m not even getting a compile value printed?

Your example works, you just need to use compilestr to do it that way. compileorc expects to receive a the name or path of a text file.

Thanks for the help!

Thanks for pointing the fix :wink:

file() will let you load a particular file to the text editor on startup.

This isn’t working for me.

Minimal example attached (texteditor.csd), along with accompanying text input file (kick.txt).

I put file(“kick.txt”) in the texteditor header, so shouldn’t the code located in kick.txt appear in the texteditor box when the file runs?

texteditor.csd (606 Bytes)
kick.txt (91 Bytes)

textbox will display a file, but texteditor won’t. Although I can’t see any reason this identifier can’t be added to texteditor too. I’ll add it now.

A new beta version with file() support for texteditor will be available here shortly.