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pcontrol pop out window question

August 21, 2011 | 6:44 pm

i have made a visual metronome in maxforlive.

using pcontrol (i think) i can open it in a new window and am really liking this way of working for making interfaces or visual references for things going on in live sets.

my only problem is that the window closes (or rather just switches) when i click back in live, so i have to alt tab or change the focus in order to bring it back into view and i wanted to know if there was a way i could tell pcontrol to open in a floating window which stays open even if i click in ableton live.

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August 21, 2011 | 7:57 pm

you can make any patch or subpatch floating with the
window flags float, window exec
message to [thispatcher]. check the help file for more goodies. However, I don’t think this will remain on top when you switch apps.

There’s also All Windows Active, which lets you use controls in windows without switching focus to them (to switch focus you then have to click the title bar).

You might be able to do some funkiness with fullscreen $1 –> thispatcher, but know that non-floating subpatch windows won’t show (at least here on XP they don’t). They have to be floating. So, with a fullscreen patch and floating windows, not sure what will happen with Live…give it a try :)


August 21, 2011 | 10:21 pm

thanks for the tips!


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