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July 28, 2008 | 5:17 pm

Hi all,
I have a simple question, but i need to ask.
I’m displaying text using [] and I’m calling files from a folder using the object [text]. The text files are just comments that somebody previously type using [textedit].
By problem is that i can’t find the way to show the text in more that one line. How can I control the numbers of lines that [] displays? i know that it could be really simple, but I missing this step.
Thanks for the help

July 28, 2008 | 8:17 pm

You might want to take a look at jit.textfile and jit.fprint. Regardless, you will want to make sure that you are saving your carriage returns. With textedit, you will want to be sure you are either appending carriage returns or outputting the contents as one symbol (output mode attribute set to 1).

If you are still having trouble, post a simple patch.


July 28, 2008 | 9:57 pm

I was trying to have more lines using jit.textfile but I don’t get it.
Here is part of the patch, I just trying to put the text into the output window. When I have long text I don’t find the way to organize it in a column.
Thanks for all


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July 29, 2008 | 12:10 am

For posting patches, check out ‘copy compressed’ in the Edit menu. Try something like this:

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July 29, 2008 | 6:58 am

Hi Ben,

It’s perfect for me this example.
Thanks a lot for the help!

July 29, 2008 | 7:01 am

Hi Ben,
It’s perfect the example, this is what I’m searching for.
Thanks a lot for the help!

August 15, 2009 | 6:23 am

It’s pretty weird…
I can not open the max 5 Patch:

clipboard JSON conversion
‘,’ or ‘}’ character expected after value for key ‘linecount’: line=182, char=24, text=’…his isnseveralnlinesnof jitterntext", "linecount" : 5 {‘


August 17, 2009 | 9:08 am

May someone attach the Ben’s max 5 patch ?
I’ve upgraded my soft but it still doesn’t work.



August 17, 2009 | 5:00 pm

can you try this version?
i’ve cleared the text object, which i think might’ve caused you the problems.

also, can you post your system info?

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August 17, 2009 | 6:15 pm

It Does work !!!
Thanks a lot !!


October 12, 2010 | 3:43 pm

It is regular: text2d needs to receive first a "text somewords" before the matrix works as expected?

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October 13, 2010 | 12:13 pm

I insist, what is the issue with [].
For example the Recipe 19: Tannenbaum :
It does not work until you send a "text" message to text2d.

MBP 2.93GHZ 4Go 1067MHz DDR3 9400M+9600MGT
MaxMSPJitter 5.1.5

October 13, 2010 | 4:45 pm

Works with Max4, no satisfying results with Max5. What am missing?

October 13, 2010 | 5:31 pm

Hi Kyred,

Thanks for pointing this out. Its either a bug or a doc error, I’ll figure out which.


October 13, 2010 | 6:59 pm

This should be fixed for the next update, thanks!


October 13, 2010 | 7:53 pm

i was having the same issue with Recipe 28

October 13, 2010 | 7:59 pm

is there any temporal solution for this problem when using multiple lines of text?, at least until the next update!

October 13, 2010 | 8:04 pm

Not sure what you mean. You should be able to use multiple lines of text, just send any ‘text’ message before sending it matrix data.

But maybe I don’t understand your problem. Post a patch?


February 1, 2011 | 7:51 pm

can I render a to the same instance of jit.pwindow ?

still looking for another way to display subtitles parsed from my srt files.

the main target: using more than one subtitle at a time (one on each line)

November 14, 2015 | 4:21 pm

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November 14, 2015 | 4:24 pm

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November 14, 2015 | 4:31 pm

I built a real-time typing visualiser with multiple lines feature, based on Rob’s patch.
You have a weird behaviour when you ‘delete’ a ‘space’ or a letter, and when you hit ‘return’ after a ‘space’.
I could not find a solution unfortunately.

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November 14, 2015 | 5:06 pm

With the previous patch, I tried to make Jitter Tutorial 29 (Using The Alpha Channel) OpenGL-based.
However I failed because writes solid letters upon my alpha-blended letters. Is there any way to avoid that?
Thanks a lot,

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November 15, 2015 | 12:31 am

are the colors mapped as rgba instead of argb when they are in a texture ?
also, when i connect the output of the under the to a jit.pwindow, it’s all black, no sign of letters. Is that normal ?

November 16, 2015 | 12:01 pm

hi masa, check my post here for a possible fix for your first problem:

for your second problem, you must use (with @erase_color 0 0 0 0) to capture the text and create the alpha mask:

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