here is an abstraction i made, which is a matrix composed of flonum objects ? something like that… anyway it’s rather useful for me, so i think someone else might think as well. Oh and it’s maybe kind of dirty, buggy and heavy programming but it just works that way so…
anyway here it is. Helpfile in french and english.
You could try to achieve something similar using dial mode and creating a string of images, perhaps a screenshot of the [number] or [flonum] object from max which you can then use as the cell images in [matrixctrl]. If you do need it to output floats you can always scale the numbers outside of the object.
You do need to set a min and max value, which is determined by the number of images in your "number-box cell" string of images. Check "Dial Mode" in the matrixctrl Inspector to activate the mouse up/down dragging motion.
it makes it really simple to make the long horizontal string of images you’ll need for each of the cell’s steps/states. Not sure if you can do a number box image, but possibly. Great stuff.
Also you could just patch up a whole string of number boxes in a row, set each to ascending numbers, and use a screenshot of that for your image. You’ll need to be exact though, so make sure the boxes are a standard size which snaps evenly to your grid (like 40 pixels on a 10 x 10 grid).
I just installed Knobman into wine (http://darwine.sourceforge.net/) on Snow Leopard. You might need to install also python 2.6.
It simply works, I just needed some time to discover that you have to give a filename without extension on export. It will save a .tga file which can be converted into png with preview…