Welcome to the forum, igguk. What you have done is not recommended because Synaptic (the package manager) will not know about this application and may well break it in a future upgrade. However, as you are a programmer, and as you found it easy to install and compile something from source just by reading the instructions that came with it, I suspect you will be able to cope if that happens.
When you have 10 posts you will be able to request packages, which is the best way to get them, or you might prefer to head over to the packagers section and learn how to build packages for pclos yourself. If you want to share any of your creations with the rest of the community that will be an invaluable skill.
Anyway, I hope you enjoy what you find here.