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Max 6: Patches won't be saved in specified location

Jul 29 2012 | 1:11 pm

Hi all,

I’m having issues saving my patches on Max 6. The patches or projects are being saved, but not where I’m telling Max to do it. This is happening every time I save a new patch/project, and sometimes saving an existing patch.
Usually the patches ended up being saved in Applications –> Max 6 folder (mac).
I made sure that the folder in which I want my patches to be saved is a declared path under "File Preferences".

Is someone having the same problem?



Feb 27 2013 | 11:16 am

Hi Carlos,

I’m having this problem now! Did you ever manage to sort it?

Feb 27 2013 | 9:51 pm

You need to provide an absolute path. Not by changing file preferences.

e.g. write /my/folder/filename.txt to put the file filename.txt in the folder /my/folder

Feb 27 2013 | 10:07 pm

Sorry I see that you’re referring to patches. You’ll need to post a much clearer description of what you’re experiencing and expecting. Step by step.

Apr 12 2013 | 2:01 am

I’m having the same problem. It also won’t let me set the default project save folders to the folder i want – which is a folder within My Documents. I’m wondering if the two are related. It seems everything sames in an msp tutorial patch folder, which is the first place I accidentally saved something. When I move patches out of that folder, it just moves an "alias" unless I trick it by sending it to the trash then moving it back to a different folder from there.

The problem that is most frustrating, which I also assume is related, is that I can’t access saved patches as new objects, and even copying and pasting them from another file they come up as a grey box instead of white, can’t be accessed, and don’t do anything. I created a new patches folder and set it to that in Max, but it doesn’t seem to be recognizing that folder. I’m on OS X 10.8.2, a retina MacBook pro. I’m very new to Max. Thanks for your help!

Jun 14 2013 | 12:22 am

A perfect description of the problem, I’m handling right now! did anybody found a solution and can share the answer here?

Thanks for your help!

Jun 14 2013 | 12:50 am

Never happened to me with 10.8.2 or .3. Are you talking about patches or projects ? This still isn’t clear to me.

Jun 15 2013 | 1:50 am

ah, thanks for the hint "project folder". using them – what make sense – solve this problem! I’m quite new to max and did’t know how files are organized.

Feb 13 2014 | 5:54 pm

has anyone found the solution to this? I’m having the same issue

Feb 28 2014 | 12:47 pm

Also waiting for an answer! It’s quite confusing.

Jun 03 2014 | 12:21 pm

I am having the same problem. I’ve been using max for 6 months bug-free, but when i installed max on a new SSD this problem began happening right away. I’m not concerned about a default save location, I’m concerned with Save/SaveAs->Selecting a location->saving->My patch is now the name i chose through saving->but it’s not located in the directory i chose, it is in SSD/Applications/Max6/"filename".maxpat, which I assume is the default directory.

I have a lot of very different projects, I want to be able to organize them my way, not have them all lumped into the default folder. Can someone please offer a solution to this problem?

Thank you very much!


Jun 03 2014 | 1:04 pm

AHA! Well, I solved my problem, at least. The folder I was trying to save to was called "MAX/MSP" The "/" was the culprit. So I guess that Max is rather smart in that it automatically reroutes the file to a default folder in case it cannot save to an invalid directory. At the very least this, helps from someone losing their work, I guess.

I hope this helps you guys out!

Apr 19 2015 | 5:50 am

I realise that this is quite an old thread, but I just started having the same problem with Max 7.0.3 ….. patches are being saved inside a folder in the max application, rather than the specified folder. Did any of you figure out definitively what was causing this? It is becoming quite infuriating!

Apr 20 2015 | 9:20 am

did you confirm you don’t have a "/" in any of the folder names of your specified path?

Apr 21 2015 | 9:16 am

Hi Rob,

Yes, there is definitely no ‘/’ in the path…… in face, I was trying to save a patch into a folder which already existed; the problem only started when I installed v7.0.3.

Jun 27 2016 | 9:26 am

Any movement on this? I’m finding the same problem. Thanks.

Jul 05 2016 | 7:07 am

same problem here.

Jul 05 2016 | 10:23 am

I was getting all kinds of problems, like patchers not updating , files in recent patchers not loading, having to select replace file every time I saved a patch, all caused by having the name "kits/trig" for the folder I was saving the patches into. Get rid of the "/" and it all works normally.

Jan 26 2017 | 3:05 am

Just bumping this thread and chiming in "me too!"

Mar 03 2017 | 1:43 pm

Most recent update corrects this.

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