How to know if max msp is in edit mode or no ?

Dec 11, 2012 at 2:03pm

How to know if max msp is in edit mode or no ?

hi !

i use a little patch for use my computer keyboard as a midi keyboard but when i’m in edit mode i don’t want to send note so i need to know when max msp is in edit mode ? there is a way for that?


Dec 11, 2012 at 2:43pm


Have a look on my [quebec] object in my github ( ).

– Pasted Max Patch, click to expand. –
Dec 11, 2012 at 2:45pm

Try turning the show grid option on. The grid will disappear when you leave edit mode.

Jan 14, 2013 at 1:08am

Thank you nicolas !

Jan 14, 2013 at 3:14am

i use background colors im max 4. light grey is closed, white is editable :)

Jul 4, 2013 at 6:13am

nice trick roman, Nicolas, I’m on windows unfortunatly so I can’t use your quebec oject but is there possibility to know if a windows patch is focused or no ?

Jul 4, 2013 at 6:44am

the active object okok

Jul 4, 2013 at 7:22am

I think the OP was referring to a way to know programmatically when the patch gets locked/unlocked, otherwise the question wouldn’t make much sense. It’s indeed weird that there’s no standard object for this, however, you may try recompiling [quebec] for Windows.


Jul 4, 2013 at 8:45am

There’s js ej.lock.js in the ejies which should do more or less what quebec does.

Jul 4, 2013 at 8:55am


I’m currently cleaning my code in my repository ; i have just splitted [Quebec] from library dependencies. Consequently it could compile fine on Windows platform. It could be easy also to port it to Max/MSP 64 bits. I don’t have nor the hardware not the software, but i can help or even transfer ownership since i don’t use it anymore.

Jul 16, 2013 at 3:51pm

Never mind — I see that quebec source is available from a separate git.
Very cool.

even transfer ownership

Jul 17, 2013 at 12:08am


1. I created a ChangeLog.txt and Tagged version for when i’ll update the “.mxo”.

2. “Even transfer ownership” ; i think that an “Organization” account at Github for this kind of things could be the solution. Update for 64bits and Windows port could be achieved by volunteers for objects that authors don’t want / or can’t support further long.


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