"palblocks.mxo" mysterioiusly appearing instead of abstraction


    Mar 05 2019 | 2:16 am
    A couple of my abstractions work fine when opened on their own, but within a patch some strange graphic-looking thing appears instead. I tracked it down to Applications -> Max.app -> Contents -> Resources -> C74 -> extensions -> max -> palblocks.mxo, and after removing it my patch and abstractions work normally again. But does anyone know how to fix this properly? After all, palblocks.mxo was probably there for a good reason. :-) And in case it matters the abstractions' names are sw2 and sw4.

    • Mar 05 2019 | 2:58 am
      I don't know how to fix your problem, I didn't know that these objects do exist. This is how they look on my computer. Where do they belong to?
      sw objects ... nice
      sw objects ... nice
    • Mar 06 2019 | 9:37 am
      Thanks for that, Ben. It's still strange - I can't find those sw objects but Max 8 obviously can. Not Max 7 or 6, though, which is why I've never seen 'em before. I've been using abstractions called sw2 and sw4 for about 7 years, so it's terribly cruel that C74 have stolen those names. I think they're used for the colour editors in the inspector window or something... grumble, grumble...
    • Mar 10 2019 | 12:18 pm
      To avoid this kind of problems, I always use a unique prefix on my abstractions.
    • Mar 10 2019 | 11:57 pm
      That's a pretty good idea, Ben - lots of people start their abstraction names with their initials, don't they? But I try to avoid that for neatness, and to avoid confusion with breath controller patchers. (Yeah, I use one of those things.)
      In this particular case - patcher names that the user doesn't access directly - I would've thought C74 could've used more obscure names... like 7™∑∂´¥¡ƒ˙ or something. (Sigh...)
    • Mar 11 2019 | 2:47 pm
      heh... a kind of fringe trouble there's hardly anything you can do about :/ i guess there's a lot of these new "hidden obects" that should not be used in a patcher ; which is why C74 doesn't talk about it. If i were you i would probably try to rename these abstractions and use something like a command line tool to replace sw in older patches with the new names of abstractions. Good luck !...
    • Mar 11 2019 | 4:02 pm
      Thanks Ben. It hasn't happened very often before so I s'pose I'll live.
    • Mar 12 2019 | 9:04 pm
      (heh Ben ain't me, but you're welcome ;) )
    • Mar 12 2019 | 10:44 pm
      Oh, sorry Vic. :-)