collective/abstraction/standalone/external ?

    Sep 23 2011 | 8:13 am
    Hi I'm about to embark on my first journey into 'standalone' territory. I might spend some time with the documentation first. Have I got the difference right here? To build a standalone (all engine and GUI elements in one place) one builds a collective first. To make an external (non-native single Max object) one must make an abstraction?
    Am I even close?
    Oh, and I 'll trawl the forum too, just wanted a few brief pointers first.
    Thanks list

    • Sep 23 2011 | 8:38 am
      To build a standalone you "build collective/application" and choose "application" when asked for the format. You don't build a collective first.
      To make an external you write code in C using the MaxAPI C library, and compile it.
      An abstraction is an ordinary patcher saved to disk, which can be invoked in the same way as a native max external, by typing its name in an object box.
    • Sep 23 2011 | 9:18 am
      Thanks john, much clearer now