Many problems with the Max 8.1.8 upgrade on Mac!

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    Emerson's icon
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    Emerson
    Jan 17 2021 | 4:07 am
    There are numerous malfunctions in the Mac version of the latest Max version 8.1.8. I was working fine with it on Windows, and then when I upgraded 8.1.3 to 8.1.8 on Mac (using Mojave) to port my project to Mac (just to obtain the new feature of externals being put under externals folder instead of inside mxf), so many things operate unpredictably, that it's even hard to isolate them as bug reports to send to support. I deleted 8.1.8 and tried to use 8.1.3 again but nothing changed.
    To give some examples: [js], [node.script] and script commands to [thispatcher] work erronously or don't work at all. [js] may not be recognized in standalones ("newobj js: no such object"). Editing arguments of a [metro] can cause to crash. Even [loadbang] can cause to crash, etc, etc.
    Seeing similar complaints by others, I hope the main cause is already diagnosed by Cycling and and all will go away with a hopefully very soon new update.

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      Source Audio
      Jan 17 2021 | 9:54 am
      Max 8 went through many changes due to apple's restrictions. Currently, only way I see to build Standalones which shoul include node scripts and similar is to build mxf files using undocumented excludeexternals true argument on top line of build script
      without including anything else and add all needed rest manually. And don't use any projects or similar.
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    • Emerson's icon
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      Emerson
      Jan 17 2021 | 12:02 pm
      Thanks, Source Audio, If that undocumented command works in 8.1.3, that means I didn't have to upgrade to get that feature (putting externals inside resources manually.) Everything was working fine with 8.1.3. But because of whichever modifications brought by 8.1.8, changing the active Max version doesn't fix the new problems. Do you know how I can revert the situation as if I never installed 8.1.8?
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      Source Audio
      Jan 17 2021 | 1:06 pm
      that command works since max 5 I think. I am not sure if reverting to max 8.1.3 would make anything better. It is probably more Mojave that makes problems, than Max itself. On Mac there is no installer, one simply copies app to Applications or somewhere else, I have at least 6 Max versions running in High Sierra, from 5.1.9 to 8.1.8 You can simply trash 8.1.8 and copy 8.1.3 , or rename them like Max818.app, Max813.app etc and use both.
      I would stick with last Max version, because it is definitely more compatible with new OS versions.