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Saving custom VIZZIE modules

Nov 22 2010 | 10:44 pm

I wanted to customize some of the modules that come with VIZZIE and I was hoping there was a way to easily save them without overwriting the default maxpat files.

I can open them, edit them, and save them off to another location, but then they’re not in the right-click "paste from" menu which is pretty handy. It seems all the source patches are in one folder rather than organized how the paste from menu is laid out so it’s unclear if that’s a smart place to put customized versions. That directory could be overwritten in an upgrade for example.

Anyone have any thoughts on how this was designed to work? If you load a VIZZIE module in a patch and customize it, when you save the patch does it overwrite the default module file? what is a good strategy for storing custom versions while still having the defaults available.

Nov 22 2010 | 11:35 pm

Create a patch with the bpatcher you want to start with in the top left hand corner of it.

Then Save – as with a new name into the clippings folder of your choice.

Once you restart Max you’ll see it there. Then you can go and modify the patch the bpatcher loads, give that a new name too and you should be in the clear.



Nov 23 2010 | 12:27 am

I see my confusion now. Maybe this is a better question. What’s the difference between the patches in /Applications/Max5/patches/VIZZIE-PATCHES and the ones in the folders in /Applications/Max5/patches/clippings/VIZZIE-CLIPPINGS ?

Nov 23 2010 | 1:14 am

The clippings patches are just a small patch with a bpatcher in it. The bpatcher loads a patch from VIZZIE-PATCHES into itself.

The VIZZIE-PATCHES folder contains all the content, but you need both for this thing to work as a clipping.

BTW, I tend not to use the contextual menu for vizzie patching, these days I just select the "clippings" saved search in the file browser and throw them into patches from there.


Nov 23 2010 | 1:52 am

Ok got it. Thanks.

Dec 01 2010 | 7:51 am

Thanks for clearing this up, eager to start using this!

Aug 23 2011 | 5:20 am

I am trying to create a new Vizzie based on a existing one.
I don’t really get how to link the 2 patches in to 1.

Andrew can you pls be more specific about the steps to create a custom Vizzie

I got the first part.

– open a new clear patch, place inside the vizzie object I want to modify. place the object on the top left and save it in the clipping folder.

-Re-start Max.


I would really appreciate some help ASAP

Aug 24 2011 | 4:41 pm

Hey! I got it.

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