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Feature request: "no user interface" mode

June 2, 2010 | 10:33 am

With the availability of all sorts of affordable controllers and touch interfaces it is increasingly common to control a system without the need for visual feedback from the main GUI.

I think it would be very cool if you could run a max patch without any UI. You could use the standard UI for building and testing the patch, but once it’s finished you can then do somethings like this from the commandline:

$ open mypatch.maxpatch –args no-gui-mode

I think this is even more relevant with Max5 being such a resource hog when it comes to ui graphics. Just think about all those lovely cpu cycles which can be reserved for audio, video and other important things.

This also opens up possibilities for starting and controlling max in the background without anything appearing on the screen. It’s so easy to make Max an OSC server/client to still have full control over whatever. For Jitter there would still be the need to render jit.window, or have some other way of outputting a render context, since otherwise this feature would be useless for video performance / installations.

I really think this could be great. I hope it’s not too exotic or difficult to implement.

Thijs


June 2, 2010 | 3:58 pm

you can do that

look at the [pcontrol] reference :

"The word shroud, followed by the name of a patcher file, opens that file but does not show its window. (Use this message with care, since having patchers open but invisible can potentially lead to some disconcerting results.)"


June 2, 2010 | 8:36 pm

Ah yes, I forgot about that. I think i’ve even used it once or twice in a project a looooong time ago.

I was fantasizing about possibilities for having max as a commandline interface to pass arguments to patchers at startup and running patches as hidden processes. I guess I got a bit carried away. Nevermind. That’s what I get from taking a break from Max :)

Thijs


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