First External…Conventions

Apr 6, 2010 at 7:09pm

First External…Conventions

Hi, I am developing my first Max external. I am new to both external development and Max itself, so my questions may seem a bit obtuse. I am developing the external in c++ on osx, but trying to keep it cross platform, but my main question is in external convention. Is it proper to create multiple objects and connect them from within my object, or is it more normal to have some kind of template Max patcher file that has the object patched up correctly?

For instance my object needs to have certain dropdown menus and check box selection widgets at all times to describe a serial port configuration. Right now I am creating the objects quickly after object construction and patching them (from within the methods of my c++ object) using the connect message and the parent patcher. This seems to work fine but I just don’t know if it will be confusing to a normal user of Max to add an object to the patcher and see many objects appear.


Apr 7, 2010 at 6:26am

Hello maxer,

With a help patch, user should be able to connect object alone ; I have no personal opinion but it seems that it is not common to make the job automatically ; but it may depend a lot to whom your external is design to.


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