Pictctrl/PictSlider problem in latest version

Mar 6, 2013 at 12:22am

Pictctrl/PictSlider problem in latest version


I’m not sure if this issue is specific to Max 6.1 or Max 6, but I am having trouble loading .pct image files on Windows 7 x64 running Max 6.1 (32-bit). I have QuickTime installed but get a “error -1 loading ***.pct” in the Max Window.

Interestingly, I reinstalled Max 5.1.9 to check because I remembered it working correctly in Windows so long as QuickTime was installed, and sure enough the images load fine.

Thanks for any and all help.

Mar 6, 2013 at 12:56am

“Max and MSP should have nearly all the same features, except where it relies on QuickTime (e.g. PICT files are not currently supported under 64bit and instead we recommend converting to PNG or JPG). “

take a look at the release announcement for more info:


Mar 6, 2013 at 1:14am

@kcoul: Could you please confirm in which version of the software you are experiencing this. Open the about max window via Windows help menu, or Macintosh Max menu, and click the link to copy support information and post it here. As Rob mentioned, Max 6.1 64bit will not support PICT files currently, but the 32bit version you reported should. Thanks for double checking that, and providing us with the system information.

Sep 11, 2013 at 8:16pm

Hi Joshua,

Sorry for the long wait, I don’t frequent the boards as frequently as I wish I could.

Anyway, a few months later the same issue is recurring in the same conditions. The version is Max 6.1.3 32bit, and with Quicktime installed, .pct files still will not load.

I am currently on Windows 8 64-bit OS, but last time I was on Windows 7 64-bit OS.

Thanks for any help as it is the main limiting factor for the Windows implementation of the UBC Toolbox at the moment: http://www.opusonemusic.net/muset/toolbox.html

Oct 10, 2013 at 11:27pm

this problem appears also e.g. in MaxMspver 6.1.3 32-bit (w7)
if we try to load under MaxMsp created patches like.mxb the
pictctrl: error -1 loading .pct or
fpic: can’t load file .pct
(the .pct files resides in the correct path etc of course) appears in the Max Window

das Problem sollte im nächsten Update umgehend behoben u. eliminiert werden
es geht nicht an, daß wegen solcher “faux pas” uns dauernd wertvolle Zeit wegen “Nacheditierens” älterer patcher gestohlen wird – geschweige v. Pluggo-Debakel zu reden (fehlender Export v. MaxMsp-patches ins vst-Format)

Feb 14, 2014 at 1:50am

why can’t it just work!!!!!!!

Sorry about procrastinating, running Max6 6.1.6 on 64-bit Windows 7.

In the mean time I will have to convert all PCT graphics to PNGs manually, sucks.

Mar 20, 2014 at 7:06pm

Yep. Here’s a clear guide of what to do for anyone stuck in the no pict support in Max 6 Windows situation:

1) Download/install Max 5.
2) Convert all your .pcts to .png
3) Open the patcher in Max 5, and manually replace every pct reference to png. Save.
4) Now open in Max 6 and your patch should look normal.

To Cycling: If pct support is not planned for Windows for the near future, it would be nice to have the pictctrl inspector image browse launch button to default to png, instead of pct.


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