Licensing 2 computers

    Jul 24 2013 | 10:51 am
    Hi there,
    I have a quick question about the single user license.
    I have read somewhere (cant remember where) that it could be used on up to 3 computers?
    The C'74 website also mentions this might be okay as long as they are not being used at the same time.
    What i would like to do is install on a mac to do my development and then have an install on my PC that I can use to make PC applications that I am giving to a client.
    I've run into this problem as my current project relies heavily on OSC-route and the patch will not findthe external on PC. I think I need to go into the patch and replace .mxo with .mxe?
    I guess this is two questions really but any advice would be a great help.

    • Jul 24 2013 | 11:06 am
      e-mail the support. They are usually quick and nice ! i can confirm never having problems authorizing several Max of mine.
    • Jul 24 2013 | 12:07 pm
      You don't need either .mxo or .mxe for externals in your patch; just the name of the external without suffix inside a box.
      When you write something like "OSC-route" in a box in a patch, Max will search for the right flavor of .mxo/.mxe for the current OS/architecture. Note that it will also search for filenames ending in .mxb, .mxt, .pat, and any other suffix that Max is currently likely be able to parse.
      The upshot of this, btw, is that you should never give a patcher the same name as a standard object. Did I say never? NEVER. Practically every beginner does this, and it invariably leads to patches that won't load because the wrong file is found, followed by queries to the list (usually followed by avid denials that the user didn't do anything of the sort until the offending file is found with Spotlight or whatever). It's nice that Max can load files without worrying about extensions (and there's lots of legacy about why this is so), but it can come back to bite you.
    • Jul 24 2013 | 2:27 pm
      to sum up what peter says: when you are developing on mac, and you regularly want to move your stuff to windows, just start adding suffixes to all of your patches names already on the mac.
      another solution is to use little handy utilities such as "file manipulator" which allow you to add extensions to a whole subdirectory structure based on filetype, done with one click or drag.