I do not have the pack, but am interested in developing devices commercially and am eager for Cycling/Ableton's promised announcement on locking devices (although, there would have to be a M4L runtime for me to feel good about selling stuff).
If they use bpatchers, what's to keep one from just opening the source file separately?
Scroll down to the bottom: "The first release of Max for Live does not prevent users from opening Max devices. This is likely to discourage selling devices for the time being. Our plans for paid and free content distribution will be announced in 2010."
Andrew, I think there's nothing wrong with stating your intentions for a product. I'm not holding my breath for the announcement, but it's nice to know when purchasing Max For Live that it could potentially be used for commercial development in the future. Of course, this would really require the release of M4L runtime, not just the ability to lock devices.
following up on Andrew's note, if you open any of the amxd files in a text editor you can clearly see the code he's talking about:
The interesting part is that if you change even 1 character of that line of code, the patch will crash when loaded. I don't know if MaxMSP or Live or Puremagnetik's code does a byte compare on the size of the file or something but it doesn't seem editable.
Anyone know why the patch crashes if you change anything?
In fact the .amxd file is 95% text. You can copy it and paste it into an empty patcher. Most elements are made very small, hidden and placed at location 100,100. In the Veer device there is a sub-patcher where all the action seems to be going on. This one wouldn'd open. I don't know if I will sort this out any further.
I don't get the rationale behind this policy of PureMagnetic. There is no copy protection and you can read the contents of the .amxd file if you really want to. One of the best uses of these devices would be to incorporate bits and pieces in your own creations. That is not as easy as it could be because opening the devive in the editor is not possible.
Thanks, everyone. I didn't check this thread for a week and now all my questions are answered.
I was not aware of the freeze function. Seems it would have been enough to include any super-proprietary functioning (although there doesn't appear to be any, judging from just the descriptions) in an external and freeze it into the .amxd. Causing it to crash when opened in Max is a little silly.