Floating Window?

May 18, 2010 at 11:23pm

Floating Window?

How do you make a floating window with thing you’d like to see from the presentation?

Can it be done so it’s always above Ableton, so if I click on Ableton the window will stay on top?

#50441
May 19, 2010 at 1:16am

You need the ‘thispatcher’ object. Here’s an example. Remember if you make changes to a window to always leave yourself a button in edit view that will make the window normal again.

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#180975
May 19, 2010 at 2:11am

THANKS!

I’m not real clear on how the thispatcher works. I have been reading about it but I am still unsure. I pasted the patch you provided into my patch, it does not open my presentation view. Do I need to put what I want in the floating window, some place specific? Should I connect the this patcher to something?

#180976
May 19, 2010 at 9:21am

[thispatcher] must reside in the window you want to affect. the logic can reside anywhere.

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the thispatcher help file is… helpful.

#180977
May 20, 2010 at 8:43am

That’s all well and good, but we need a way to do this in a fashion that is comparable to the way that AU’s and VST’s work. i.e., when the Live track with the plugin is selected, it floats; when it isn’t, it disappears. I was able to do this with pluggo….why not m4l?

#180978
May 20, 2010 at 2:06pm

hi amounra,

do you mean something like this?

(copy and paste into an empty maxforlive audio effect template; save; close; use):

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caveats: 1– i did this pretty quickly, it might not be the best – you could certainly make it tidier / more efficient. 2– fair enough, i would not use this myself – dynamically changing windows etc whilst the live transport is running is remarkably unreliable at times.

hope that helps,
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#180979
May 20, 2010 at 7:45pm

caveats: 1– i did this pretty quickly, it might not be the best – you could certainly make it tidier / more efficient

looks pretty nice, actually.

2– fair enough, i would not use this myself – dynamically changing windows etc whilst the live transport is running is remarkably unreliable at times.

yeah, same here. I have enough problems just clicking on m4l patches and waiting for their native window to show up in the GUI. I tend to use floating windows for stuff I need to see a lot just so I don’t have to deal with the delay when I want to look at something.

The patch you posted is a very nice workaround to something that should be natively handled by m4l without all the trouble. Thanks for sharing :)

#180980
Oct 15, 2012 at 10:38am

hello guys !

is there a way to make “main device” floating outside ableton ?

#180981
Oct 15, 2012 at 7:21pm

i still did not found anything :/ anyone has some ideas ?

#180982
Oct 16, 2012 at 7:36am

put the main patcher in a bpatcher, and make the bpatcher float

#180983
Oct 16, 2012 at 9:29am

Hi UG … are you sure ? i cant make it to work with thispatcher nor with pcontrol :/

#180984
Oct 16, 2012 at 11:07am

works here

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#180985
Oct 16, 2012 at 11:24am

it works in your M4L device UG ?

#180986
Oct 16, 2012 at 11:45am

it opens the same window in the middle of the screen. It doesnt stay on top, when i click on Live.
so your right, “Windows flags float” seems not to work

#180987
Oct 16, 2012 at 11:54am

i would be happy if it could open the window in the middle :D i cant see anything actually . i can live without float ,but i cant see any window .
is that possible ? am i doing something wrong ? did you checked my attachment if it work in your environment ?

#180988
Oct 16, 2012 at 12:03pm

i checked your patch, when pressing the “show” button the window opens.

#180989
Oct 16, 2012 at 12:07pm

thanks :(

#180990
Oct 16, 2012 at 9:51pm

Window flags float definitely works in m4l/Max5/Max6….I use it all the time. Maybe there’s some specific problem with the patch….or maybe you need to put the bpatcher in another patcher, and float that (sorry, unfortunately I can’t look at your patch atm).

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#180991
Nov 25, 2012 at 10:41am

I use floating windows all the time as described above and it works great. One question though, how do you make that window “always on top” in Live? As soon as I click somewhere else, my window goes behind Live. Less useful…

#180992
Nov 25, 2012 at 12:28pm

send “topmost 1″ / “topmost 0″ to thispatcher object to make a window really “always on top”. i’m not sure if that works for floating windows..O.

#180993
Nov 25, 2012 at 3:47pm

Hrm. Nope “topmost 1″ didn’t do anything. Hrm.

#180994
Nov 28, 2012 at 7:35pm

topmost message works for me, with non floating window, win7. window stays on top even while working with other software..O.

#180995
Nov 28, 2012 at 8:53pm

You need to actually make it float. It sounds like you’re just opening it, but not setting the float flag. Are you using the “window flags float 1″, then “window exec” messages to [thispatcher]?

#180996
Nov 29, 2012 at 3:55am

Here’s what worked.

“window flags nomenu, window flags float, window exec, front, presentation 1″

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