happy with Max 6; but minor niggles

Jun 20, 2012 at 10:21am

happy with Max 6; but minor niggles

I’m loving the new curvy data lines in Max 6 and the new “inspector” ring on the left of objects – the new snap/alignment guide and browser are also very streamlined and intuitive. But I’d like to lose the blue marker arrow on the data lines between objects. Don’t even know what it’s for, and when editing busy patches with objects close together it REALLY gets in the way. Is there a Preferences setting or am I stuck with it?


Jun 20, 2012 at 10:41am

(Assuming you mean the watchpoint arrow) I’m not aware of a way to turn them off. Like most new additions that affect patching, I would also prefer them to be optional. But I have gotten into the habit of using ‘esc’ whenever something opens up that I don’t want to see.

On the plus side, watchpoints are quite useful for seeing what data is passing between your objects without using a number box..

Jun 20, 2012 at 12:05pm

Having just got v 6, I really miss command-click on menu bar to access parent patcher(on a mac). please c74 reinstate this- it is an essential navigation tool when making complex patches– does anyone know if is there another way to do this in max 6?

Jun 20, 2012 at 12:33pm

As a fellow late adopter, I was thinking exactly the same thing; damn you, Blue Arrow!
Didn’t know about the Esc key – that’s useful.
I’m guessing it will be like the transition from 4 to 5 though, and after a while you’ll find yourself adapting your patching style to take these things into account.
When I get frustrated, I just remind myself how much I’m enjoying the transition from FCP 7 to FCP X, and then I feel better ;-)

Jun 20, 2012 at 5:01pm

Terry – The patcher hierarchy can be shown via the Patcher Views icon in the Toolbar.

Jun 21, 2012 at 1:41am

OK, thanks Chris, very helpful!

Jun 21, 2012 at 3:57pm

The watchpoints tend to get in my way as well. Maybe you could extend out the width between object before they appear and that would help. I don’t often use them but I guess I should start :)


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