Can we pin panels to background while patching …?

Jan 23, 2012 at 8:59pm

Can we pin panels to background while patching …?

I guess it isn’t possible.
But: I’d LOVE to be able to pin panel objects (eventually other objects) to the background in order to disable any place change.

I often use coloured panel while designing patches, and I just need that :)

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:05pm

just choose “add to background” then LOCK the background (cmnd-option-L).

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:07pm

Unless I’m completely misunderstanding your question…
1. Select the panel
2. Select “Include in Background” from the Arrange menu
3. Select “Lock Background” from the View menu

Should do the trick.

Jan 23, 2012 at 9:08pm


just, huge thanks to both :)

Jan 24, 2012 at 12:02am

You can even add a nifty shortcut if you’re not afraid to edit the maxinterfaces.json file (found in Max5 > Cycling ’74 > interfaces). I’ve done this for quite a few shortcuts to save myself time.

Here’s what I’ve modified the existing background include/remove sections to be. After saving out the file restart Max and you should be able to see the shortcut hints when you click on the “Arrange” menu.

	"message" : "includebg",
	"label" : "Include in Background",
	"navkey" : "l",
	"target" : "owner",
	"shortcut" : "option+I"
	"message" : "excludebg",
	"label" : "Remove from Background",
	"navkey" : "m",
	"target" : "owner",
	"shortcut" : "option+R"

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