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tips for selecting patchcords – does anyone else struggle with this?

September 24, 2011 | 9:06 am

I really struggle selecting patch cords – does anyone else have the problem? I find myself clicking like crazy, trying the center, close to the patches, and sometimes ending up zooming in.

Is there any easy trick to just get the patchcord selected? Or maybe it’s a resolution / mouse setting on my Mac? I’m on a Macbook Pro on OS X Lion.

Thanks for your help!!


September 24, 2011 | 9:16 am

Same ‘problem’ here; I always guessed it was a resolution issue, but I can never select a patch cord first time, always takes several tries.


September 24, 2011 | 9:32 am

Yes fella, sometimes i found too hard click in the cord,, more with crispy eyes in long patching days and also with non very precise mouses. Maybe could be nice have some setting in max6 to choose the width of the cords (a la line_width) or maybe a thershold parameter that select a cord even when you click p.e 1pix away… Btw you can select cords holding alt key and dragging mouse over the cord..
Best!


September 24, 2011 | 10:04 am

or how about when you click a modifier key Max knows you intend to select a cord and either makes them visually thicker or just makes the clickable area for selecting cords larger? I would love that.



dtr
September 24, 2011 | 1:00 pm

alt+click n drag selects patchcords without having to pin point them


September 24, 2011 | 9:40 pm

Thanks dtr!

Case closed – _exactly_ what I needed.


October 4, 2011 | 2:00 am

also, to edit all cords at once, I use Hide Foreground, then you can just Select All easily and do whatever you want…change colors, hide, etc. Though I wouldn’t recommend Align or Route Cords with a lot selected.


October 23, 2011 | 8:59 pm

very cool trick! I’ll be using that :-)


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