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Patch as Object

February 16, 2006 | 11:14 pm

Basic question:

How (or where) do I have to save a patch in order to be able to use it as an object in a new patch?

I wrote the patch and saved it, but when I typed the saved name as an object I got an error message saying that that object does not exist. I assume there is a dedicated folder that I should be saving in?

Thanks!


February 16, 2006 | 11:29 pm

>How (or where) do I have to save a patch in order to be able to use it as
>an object in a new patch?

Save it in a folder that’s in the search path. Which folders to be
included in the search path is defined in the "Options > File
Preferences…" menu. You might want to create a seperate folder for your
own abstractions.

/J



jln
February 16, 2006 | 11:30 pm

hi,

It has to be saved in your Max preferences paths, or in the same
folder as the the patch you want to put it in.

hth.

Julien.


February 16, 2006 | 11:42 pm

Brendan,

You have to put it in your externals folder along with the other
objects.

corey


February 17, 2006 | 12:34 am

Ah-ha! Problem solved, thanks.


February 17, 2006 | 6:01 am

if there is any default location for patches then
it is the "patches" folder, the "externals" folder
is only needed if you want to include your patch
in the object list.

but you can keep your patches anywhere in the search
path – or even outside.
a relative path to the mother path is enough to find it
back on another computer or operating system, or after
moving the folder.
/home/dektop/mainpatch
/home/dektop/subpatch


February 17, 2006 | 8:38 pm

Corey Fuller wrote:
> Brendan,
>
> You have to put it in your externals folder along with the other objects.

The externals folder works, but I think its a bad idea to use it for
that purpose. Keep it for the original externals.

And of course the answer to the original question has really to point
out that there is enough documentation, which gets you faster going than
asking this kind of stuff on the list. Don’t forget "Getting started"
and "Tutorials and Topics". Definitely start with the tutorials.

I usually use one Folder for all Stuff I create and the 3rd party tools
I am going to use, and point to it in the file preferences (Options menu).

Stefan

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February 17, 2006 | 9:05 pm

You are right, Stefan.
Thanks for offering a better solution.

Cheers,

Corey


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