pack versus message to control

    Aug 01 2020 | 7:53 pm
    I was pulling my hair out while the pack didnt want to control a line~ object It seems that that after the first argument there has to be a space unlike in message . So message would be intital value '1, 0 252' in pack it should be '1 , 0 250' I haven't come across this in the manual

    • Aug 01 2020 | 9:15 pm
      [print] is still the #1 debugging tool in Max. Also, try to copy-compress your code (Edit menu) then paste in your forum post.
    • Aug 01 2020 | 9:15 pm
      Yet I've go another issue The first screenshot shows an unpack with initial value of 1 , the 2 and 3d arguments are floats , red value controlling destination value ( in this case 0.0) and blue box = time Works fine Now lets also replace our initial value (start amplitude ) with a float , controlled by the green value box ( second screenshot ), the value does not change at all What am I doing wrong here ??
    • Aug 01 2020 | 9:20 pm
      Then, when if comes to your question: the comma in message results in 2 separate messages being output. The comma in [pack] is another element, I don't see how it would be useful in your case.
    • Aug 02 2020 | 12:47 am
      comma... has nothing to do there, yeah... that is a bit difficult in the beginning. but we love the [message] object, dont we? it gave us a way how to communicate about messages in max in the forums. "1., 0. 399." is the same as "1." followed by "0. 399." the closest pack/list/pak analogy patching would be: [pack 0. 0.] [t l 1.] [line] and once more, with [pack] you run in another exceptional behaviour; this object requires an actual number to set the type of message, not i and f like most other objects. but you still can use "s" for symbols, because "s" is a symbol anyway. when i want to identify a variable in a pack which also has constants, i often use "777" as default.
    • Aug 02 2020 | 8:31 am
      to send a message which should contain comma, pack the 3 floats and insert message $1 \, $2 $3 in front of line~ using pack instead of pak, would trigger only when 1st value changes...
    • Aug 02 2020 | 12:22 pm
      Thanks guys really appreciated