Users of MaxMSP 4.6.2 can now preview the forthcoming Universal
Binary version of Cyclops (we're calling it 1.3 to make a break from
the CFM version, although there is no added functionality).
jit.cyclops is included, as well.
The Public Beta will extend until the 3rd of January, at which time
the object will stop functioning. Until then, the object will run in
demo mode, _even_if_ you are a registered owner of Cyclops (this is
our way of ensuring that you upgrade to the final version when it's
released, and preventing you from planning gigs around beta software)
- we're sorry if this is an inconvenience.
Demo mode means that, after 10 minutes, the object will stop
analyzing data until you restart Max (for jit.cyclops, the object
will be limited to 2 zones after 10 minutes). This should be long
enough to test that the object works, and to give you an idea of what
the object does, if you're unfamiliar with it.
For those unfamiliar with Cyclops, it's a visual analysis object
which encapsulates several types of color and luma analysis
(difference, threshhold, match, etc.) to a number of user-specified
zones. It works with a QuickTime-compatible camera. The jit.cyclops
object functions the same, but works with Jitter matrices, rather
than live input. Cyclops was written by Eric Singer; the object is
maintained and distributed by Cycling '74.
Some testing guidelines:
1. Please read the manual before starting to use the object
2. Please direct feedback and bug reports to firstname.lastname@example.org (or
email@example.com) using this subject line, so that we can keep
all discussion about the beta under a single topic in the forum.
3. Please use the Bug Reporting Guidelines (attached below) when
reporting problems. Don't forget to specify OS, chipset (PPC/Intel)
and to include a patch.
Note that Cyclops takes control of an attached camera when it is
instantiated. This means that the typical sequence:
a. create Cyclops object in a patcher
b. option-click on Cyclops object to get help file
c. play with help file
will not work!!! You need to open the Cyclops help file directly (in /
Applications/MaxMSP 4.6/max-help/cyclops-help/). Please do not report
this as a bug.
So, thanks for your interest and your time, and for reading this note
all the way to this point. Your reward is the link.
The beta version can be downloaded from:
BUG REPORTING GUIDELINES
Please report any problems you experience with clear and complete
information, including steps to reproduce, software and system
information, and where possible, an isolated example patch and crash
log. Something like the following would be ideal. This makes it
easier for us to find and fix the problems you experience. Without
such clear and complete information, it is less likely we will be
Provide a descriptive summary of the issue.
Steps to Reproduce:
In numbered format, detail the exact steps taken to produce the bug.
Describe what you expected to happen when you executed the steps above.
Please explain what actually occurred when steps above are executed.
Describe circumstances where the problem occurs or does not occur,
such as software versions and/or hardware configurations.
Provide additional information, such as references to related
problems, workarounds and relevant attachments.