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Defaults for specific objects

Jul 28 2009 | 8:44 am

Wondering if there is any easy way to be able to specify certain colors or fonts for specific objects. For instance Id like to set up max so that all send objects are red, all receive objects are blue with a font size 9…Triggers are green…that sort of nonsense.

Im guessing i could rig up something with scripting or thispatcher or whatevs, but wondering if there is a simple way to do something like this. Would be super helpful.

Jul 28 2009 | 1:45 pm

One quick and dirty possible solution is to set up prototypes of object boxes in three different colors. See the vignette on Prototypes (or do a search in Max Help) for more on this. The only person I’ve ever met who religiously color codes her/his patches does it that way. They took a workshop with me in which I mentioned prototypes, fell in love with the idea of color coded object boxes, and never looked back….

Jul 28 2009 | 7:31 pm

You could create an abstraction that [loadbang]s some "send sendbox bordercolor r g b a" messages to an outlet and in your main patch connect this to [universal]. Here’s an example.


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Jul 29 2009 | 7:52 am

Thanks for the replies! Gonna check both suggestions out when I get home.
Yeah, Im really anal about having patches neat and easy to read, the colors help out a bit. Funny because I keep everything else a complete mess – room, studio, all a mess. But I gotta keep me max patches nice an neat.

Aug 20 2009 | 10:08 am

why this does not work with patcher objects?
And what is jpatcher?

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