Announcement: The Max 8.2 Public Beta
Aug 19 2021 | 5:09 pm
We are happy to announce the Max 8.2 public beta. Max 8.2 will be the first version to natively support the latest Apple Silicon based Mac computers. We’re all excited by the potential of these machines and look forward to hearing your reports using this update. Beyond native support for Apple Silicon, the underlying infrastructure of Max has been updated on every platform and a big list of bugs have been fixed and a few new features have been added. Testing on any machine you use for Max (including Windows) will help ensure that no new problems have been introduced as a result of these changes.
Like many of the big platform transitions we have been through (OS 9 to OS X, Mac Intel, Mac to Windows, 32-bit to 64-bit), we hope we can count on the support of the whole community to try things out and let us know what’s working. We also know Max is much more than the core application and will be working closely with third-party developers to get packages and externals recompiled and ready to test using the updated SDK.
Keep in mind that third-party externals will need to be recompiled to provide native support for this new architecture, so Apple Silicon testing should be restricted to core features and externals that have been updated with the most recent SDK. Testing with existing third-party objects on all other platforms will be helpful.
You can download the Max 8.2 public beta here: https://www.cycling74.com/public-beta-download
Over the course of the public beta period, new installers will be made available at the above link and announced here via a new Beta forum post (which will outline any additional improvements and fixes).
Please report any problems you experience on the Cycling ‘74 Beta Forums, with clear and complete information.
Here are some of the key improvements in Max 8.2 that we'd like to highlight:
Mac arm64 support The most notable addition, this brings native support for the latest Apple Silicon-based Mac computers.
CEF Update We've updated our shipping version of Chromium Embedded Framework to CEF 90.
Dynamic Colors To make the colors in your patches and devices more responsive to the environment they find themselves in, we've added the ability to reference Max / Max for Live application colors via static names that automatically adjust to follow the active Max/Max for Live color themes.
Documentation Browser Updates The Documentation Browser has a new home page, spiffy new navigation tools (breadcrumbs, open in browser, sidebar tweaks), and a brand new Glossary of Max terms.
live.adsr~ / live.adsrui These are two new objects for generating and visualizing sample-accurate Attack-Decay-Sustain-Release envelopes.
Improved Random Numbers Some objects now take advantage of a new random number generator implementation that is more efficient and has improved statistical qualities. Some of the affected objects include noise~, noise in Gen, random, drunk, decide, urn, and live.step.
Node for Max Update The shipping version of Node has been updated to v16.6.0.
Jitter Tools Package This package is a collection of tools that we think almost any Jitter user will want to take advantage of. Currently, this package features three tools: jit.gl.textureset (a texture version of jit.matrixset), jit.polymovie and jit.gl.polymovie (polybuffer type objects for movie files), and jit.gl.meshwarp (customizable grid of points to control the shape of a mesh and associated texture).
loadbang on paste / Reinitialize There is a new preference called 'Edit Operations Trigger Loadbang', which allows for loadbangs to be fired when pasted. There is a new entry in the Edit menu, 'Reinitialize', which will fire loadbang and loadmess objects in the parent patcher all the way down the patcher hierarchy.
200+ bug fixes That’s a lot of bug fixing!
Take a look at the detailed list of New Features and Bug Fixes here: http://cycling74.s3.amazonaws.com/support/version_8_2_0.html Thanks in advance for your participation and feedback, which will continue to inspire us to push Max forward into the future!