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loading images from folder

August 23, 2010 | 3:10 pm

using fpic

I want a separate folder for images but ‘read foldername/filename’ in a message doesn’t work

Do I need some fancy path?


August 23, 2010 | 3:53 pm

not fancy, but hopefully you are already in the searchpath of the runtime?

the searchpath will however make it far easier because you do not need
to name the full path but only the filename.

-110


August 23, 2010 | 4:26 pm

my patch is in a folder, my images are in a subfolder

how is runtime relevant?


August 23, 2010 | 6:30 pm

 
the searchpath is something which is usually relative to the runtime,
simply because all other paths are different on different computers.

so it is recommended to use only searchpaths inside the max folder
for programing max.
the same is true for C++ or html – never have pictures or code on your
mac dekstop or in /user/mycoolstuff/ as this will brake when moving to
another computer.

-110

edit:

when a picture file for [fpic] is in :patches: or in :externals: you do not
have to provide the path at all, the picture file will be found just by its name.
but there is a caveat: you must make sure to always use unique filenames.


August 23, 2010 | 9:35 pm

Reading your posts is akin to stabbing oneself in the eye with a fork. I don’t know whether it is some backwards Rundfunk way of explaining things but every time and without fail, you seem give the least straightforward answer.

I’ll just put all the images in my working folder then yeah? Safe


August 24, 2010 | 12:13 am

i cant answer this, because i dont know what a "working folder" is.

"read foldername/filename" sounds wrong however, the read message will not work with paths.

and paths in max would read

diskname:foldername:filename

or in the case of beeing inside the maxmsp serach path

:foldername:filename

personally i use drag and drop to read up files into fpic, but "read filename" will also work as
long as "file" is somewhere in the search path.

-110 (straightforward backwards rundfunker)


August 24, 2010 | 1:41 am

The read message in fpic works with paths. If your path has spaces in it, use quotes. You can drop your file on the dropfile object to see what your path is.


August 24, 2010 | 9:39 am

Got there in the end hey! :)

Thanks


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