Opening External Application with Max

    Mar 25 2013 | 10:59 am
    Hi Everyone,
    What I am looking to do is use Max to open an external application and a saved preset.
    For example;
    Native Instruments 'Massive' Plugin & Preset Number 44?!
    Is this at all possible? I hope it is!
    I have got a feeling the preset part may be a little tricky but Im sure one of you guys knows how!

    • Mar 25 2013 | 11:05 am
      check out the vst~ object.
    • Mar 25 2013 | 11:11 am
      Hi thanks for the reply, I probably used massive as a bad example, its actually a program that projects interactive animations and the presets are for loading different animations.
      I need to make child friendly front end for loading new presets that will be on a touch screen panel, so rather then the child clicking 'load-hard drive-my documents-preset1' etc they can just touch a picture of what they want on and it will load.
    • Mar 25 2013 | 11:25 am
      well, if you're on Mac and your program supports Applescript, you can try sending osascript commands with the [shell] external
    • Mar 27 2013 | 9:33 am
      Hi, would it be possible for you to send me an example of how to do this?
      its all quite new to me so Im a little lost.
    • Mar 27 2013 | 2:38 pm
      Oli, here's an example:
      With this patch I load live sets in Ableton Live selecting the files in Max.
      I think you can do something similar if your program supports Applescript (osascript is a command-line interface for Applescript, you can access by [shell]). You just need to find the correct script syntax to control your app.
    • Mar 27 2013 | 5:05 pm
      cool! thanks for your help!