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Running two copies of MAX with different preferences?

January 3, 2009 | 3:51 pm

Hi all,

Because of different kinds of tasks I want them to perform I’d like to run two instances of MAXMSP along side each other. When changing preferences and after rebooting the program I see that the two copies seem to share the same prefences window (not while running the program though). That’s because they probably share the file maxpreferences.maxpref. Is there a way to have the two instances of the application have different preferences files (but keep the rest of the preferences for for example sound-cards and such)?

Actually I’d like to be able to assign the same settings per program instance that you can adjust in the "standalone" object inspector.

Thanks, Hans.


January 4, 2009 | 3:24 am

I don’t know how to do this with different prefs, but I do know that each version will run on a different core in Max OSX. This can be very useful and in my experience with Max 4, it is pretty stable.


January 4, 2009 | 12:02 pm

On 4 Jan 2009, at 03:24, Sean Ferguson wrote:

> I don’t know how to do this with different prefs

A rather ugly way to do it would be to run copies in two separate
login sessions. (As far as I know, the non-foreground login still runs
all its processes, although perhaps not at top priority.)

– N.

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