Default Prototypes?


    Mar 05 2016 | 2:04 pm
    Hi all, Max 7.2 is a really great work of art. I have to admit that, after a lot of patching with 7.0 and 7.1, i don't like so much the new UI (i prefer the old Max5/6 one). So i'm trying to make my own template for new patchers. I just changed the font size so all plain objects are a little smaller and i can open my old patches without having a lot of overlapping objects because the bigger size of Max7 default objects. But the problem is with all other "interaction" objects. There's no preference file where to set size and colors of those objects. How can i change the default way most interactive objects appears as soon as they're created? i.e. toggle, bang, float, int, message, gain~, ezdac~, ezadc~, slider, rslider, etc. etc. No workarounds please :-) they waste the quickness of i.e. "B create a bang" "F create a float box" etc...
    many thanks a.

    • Mar 05 2016 | 4:58 pm
      This is how I do it: The quickest way is to start with something like the enclosed patch, which has - I think - more or less every standard vanilla Max UI. Click on the palette icon at the top of the patcher window (the pouring paint bucket). That gives you access to the standard style colors, which let you set the largest number of objects the most quickly. Set that stuff in ways that you're happy with Choose Create Template from the File menu. You'll get a save dialog box. Check the Default for new patchers box and click on Save Whatever you've set up will henceforth be your default color set. The standard thing to do beyond that is to use Styles for matters related to the look of a specific UI object.
      For more information on this, you might find the "Color and the Max User Interface", "Templates" and "Styles" guides to have some useful information.
      I hope this helps you.
    • Mar 05 2016 | 6:29 pm
      Thanks Max, what really i can't find a way to do is define default size for ui objects. i.e. at creation time a toggle object is always 24. 24. for patching size. I can't find a way to save with the style the default size. I can do it with prototype, but then there is no way to set a prototype as default prototype.
      a.
    • Mar 05 2016 | 7:30 pm
      Ah. Yes, I see. No - there's not a way to set a default prototype. That would be a worthy feature request, I think.