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patch to use nanopad for keyboard shortcut in annotation software

April 28, 2012 | 9:37 am

Hi,
I have little experience with max so I turn to you for some help.
I’m annotating video in ELAN, a very good open source software tool. Unfortunately the keyboard shortcuts are not very handy…. so I was thinking to connect a nanopad controllor to my pc and use the pads to trigger the combination of keys that allow me to quickly annotate.
So basically, the pad controller should "replace" my macnook keyboard.

Is that possible?

Can somebody help me with the patch?

This would be really awesome and help me a lot for my hours of annotation to go!!

So, thanks for any help on this…

Greetings,
Luc


April 28, 2012 | 11:43 pm

you can create keystrokes with [mxj.autobot], just search on it, it takes a bit to set up but should work. It should send them to the currently open application (anything!) so be careful you’re sending them where you want to, and avoid creating any and all control-characters for safety…

This is assuming you have the inputs from your controller getting into Max OK via [ctlin] or [notein], which should work right away.
You then modify [mxj.autobot] to turn those values into "keystroke-creators" and off you go. There are a number of threads on autobot so you should have no problem, though you will need to invest a little time.


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