Okay, this little tutorial is really about Max 7's new crash recovery features, but first I want to show you how to reliably crash Max!
I already can hear some of you yelling out “Just Open 50 Video Files!!!”, but I want something that’s reliable across systems - and easy to do.
The simplest way to crash Max is to use a special message to the Max system - max crash. To do this create an empty message box. Start the message you type into it with a semi-colon (;). The semicolon is what identifies it as a message to Max). Next add a space and type max crash. Save and lock the patch, then click on the message box, Max will die immediately with this beautiful little dialog:
Once you’ve seen things crash, it’s time to check the crash recovery function. If you restart Max, you will see the following dialog:
If you select “Restore”, the Max environment will rebuild itself into a state near where you were at when it crashed. This mechanism is based on the "Undo History" generated during patching - so it is always working in the background, writing your moves to disk. Because it is integrated with my patching activity, it remains in sync with the work I've done. This has already saved me an enormous amount of time, and I hope that it helps you as well.
And… you learned how to crash Max!