Internet data retrieval with MAX


    May 09 2009 | 10:35 am
    Hello. I was wondering if it could be possible to get data from a counter, for example, or other kind of streaming data from any website, with MAX, in order to be able to use the data retrieved in realtime in a MAX patch. thx in advance.

    • May 09 2009 | 11:00 am
      You can grab the source code from a webpage using [jit.uldl] and then parse it for the bits you want using [jit.str.regexp]. See the patch below for an example.
      lh
    • May 09 2009 | 6:41 pm
      wow! that is nice! ...so then, couldn't all the developers of standalones complaining about having better copy-protection for standalones use this exact patch to detect registered users? (or does the IP address change? ...i'll have to try it... i am so NOT web-savvy...)
    • May 10 2009 | 4:31 pm
      No, that wouldn't work. IP add. changes based on your connection, not your computer. At risk of beating a dead horse, the big challenge with copy protection in Max 5-based patches is not so much creating a registration scheme , it's that the Max5 collective format is so easy to search through using a text editor, so it's that much easier to search and defeat a reg scheme. That boringness aside, here's another example of using the internet in Max: a flickr ripper - it finds the high-res versions of photos in a flickr photostream, downloads them, and then displays them. I've probably posted this in the forum before, so forgive the repetition. http://www.lividindustry.com/culture/?p=191 There's other information on how to integrate into our video software, but you can just download the patch from that page.
      Pete.