I keep finding example patches on peoples websites in a sort of list format (see example below). How do I import this to MaxMSP so that I can use it? Also how would I output the same from my own patches?
indeed, if you copy even just parts of your patch via selection, then paste into any text editor or this forum, voila, code. So it goes both ways. Another neat feature is selecting all or a piece of a patch, copy, then "Paste Picture", which gives you a pic of your stuff (bounding box just big enough to fit everything).
If and when you upgrade to 5 (highly recommended!), you'd generally use Copy Compressed for transferring text of code, since the new JSON code is a lot more lengthy in how it describes objects than in max 4. So the Compressed makes it much more manageable, though in this case, truly incomprehensible :)