[shell] tweak for PC

    Feb 01 2014 | 11:17 pm
    Hello users,
    I would like to share one thing I found. I was wandering how to execute other programs from within Max, in order to play with speech synthesis and other things. On PCs, we don't have either [shell] nor [maxmbrola~]. I already found the 'editwith' message for [text] very practical. I understood that 'editwith' does something like sending a shell command to open a textfile with a text editor. Then I replaced the editor name by other programs names; I could open these programs. Then, instead of a program file, I put a command file. I could execute the command file. Then I realised that, with Max, you can create whatever command file you want by playing with the [text] object. Then, you use the [text] object with an 'editwith' message to execute the command file itself. For example in my case, create a text file containing the text to be speeched; create a command file to launch the text-to-speech program with desired options; execute the command file with 'editwith'; hear the result. Has anybody played with that already? any experience to share? thanks for reading.

    • Feb 02 2014 | 12:16 am
      ... you can even use 'editwith' with a shortcut file, letting you execute a command file without opening the shell window, by selecting the "run minimized" shortcut property.
    • Aug 30 2014 | 1:29 pm
      I seem to be too thick to use this. Could someone possiblt help me out? editwith "notepad.exe" doesn't even work for me. If I try to put the absolute path in the message box automatically deletes the \ characters.
    • Aug 30 2014 | 2:00 pm
      did you try to put the notepad.exe file in your patch's directory? that's how I do. You can even put notepad2.exe or equivalent, to have better editing.
    • Sep 04 2014 | 9:50 pm
      Yes I have tried that now! It doesn't work for me.
    • Sep 05 2014 | 7:03 am
      I tested again and I think you must edit an existing text file on your hard disk, not just edit the text object's content.