As someone just getting into Max 6, and specifically the new 6.1 version, I had trouble trying to understand tutorial #3 in Max Basics when it came to inputting a very large number in a floating point number box and being told it would appear as a negative number (-2147483648 to be exact) in an integer number box. I was running Max in 64-bit mode, which is relatively new, and thought maybe because it was a 32-bit integer system that it was behaving differently from the tutorial because I was running it in 64-bit mode. I changed it to run in 32-bit mode (I am on OSX by the way) and got the result that the tutorial told me I would get.
I'm having a hard time understanding why this is though, could someone give me a quick explanation? Or at least point me in the right direction in understanding this idea? I'm assuming that running it in 64-bit mode allows it to use 64-bit integers, but how does that differ compared to 32-bit integers and will I have any issues with understanding Max because of this? I jumped the gun as far as running it in 64-bit mode, I'm sure I don't need it to run tutorials haha.