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mousefilter or mousestate alternative that works in Ableton Live?

Jan 04 2014 | 10:14 am

Hi folks,

I’m working on a patch that needs to know the mouse button status, but when it’s anywhere within Live (not necessarily within Max).

As far as I can tell, mousefilter and mousestate only work if the Max device itself has focus. I’m curious if anyone else has solved this issue.


Jan 05 2014 | 3:10 pm

Actually, thinking about it more, I’d be happy with a solution that works anywhere, as long as it’s not restricted to being in a Max window. It doesn’t need to be within Live.

Basically, I just need to know the mouse button state, regardless of where the mouse is.

Jan 05 2014 | 6:21 pm

Check out the hi object. I can’t promise that it works in Live (haven’t used Max4Live for a while on this computer, so I’m not sure if I have it setup right now).

Jan 06 2014 | 6:54 am

Hi Roth,

Thanks for the suggestion. I thought about that, but it has a couple of its own issues:

– on Windows machines, the mouse isn’t seen by [hi] (as far as I can tell)
– (ideally) it should work without configuration, for any user, using any mouse or trackpad.

Jan 06 2014 | 8:57 am

Hmm, I only use Windows for some development/web work when I can’t use OS X or another *nix so sorry, don’t have any other suggestions.

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