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FAQ: Upgrading to Max 5

How much does it cost?

$199 MSRP. Information on education discounts can be found here.

Is there a grace period?

Customers who purchase the current version of Max/MSP or Max/MSP/Jitter after October 1, 2007 are eligible for a free upgrade to Max 5. If you are eligible you should have received an e-mail from us on April 24, 2008 with details. If not, e-mail your full name and old serial numbers to the orders department.

Will installing Max 5 cause problems with Max 4.6 on the same computer?

No. Both can be installed without trouble.

Will my old patches work in Max 5?

The vast majority of existing Max 4.x patches will work in Max 5 without any appreciable pain and suffering.

Will my third party externals need to be updated?

While most objects are going to work without any modification in Max 5, third-party user interface objects such as sliders and dials, and objects that display something in their own window will not work and will need to be rewritten completely. There really aren’t very many of these objects, and developing new ones is now so much easier, we expect the trade-off will be worth it in the long run.

What will happen with the licensing requirements for the runtime version on Windows with Max 5?

We are happy to announce that with the release of Max 5, all Windows runtime / standalone licensing fees and restrictions will be eliminated.

Will Pluggo plug-ins work in Max 5?

Existing VST plug-ins created with earlier versions of Max — including Pluggo, Hipno, Mode, and UpMix, as well as Max/MSP-based plug-ins created by third parties — do not work inside in Max 5. We have implemented some of the Pluggo technology in Max for Live.

Will there be a Pluggo run-time available for Max 5?

No. Instead, as mentioned above, we have implemented some of the Pluggo technology in Max for Live.