first of all, i want to say: i applaud cycling 74 for VIZZIE. it is an absolutely fantastic idea that has been a long time coming. and the way it is implemented is perfect, as it is still max-centric and patching based, easily available but never getting in the way of users who do not want to utilise it. i can only hope you embrace the idea and expand vizzie further and extend it to simple msp modules, too. of course many long time max users such as myself (n.b. - 'long time' in no way means 'good'!) will already have implemented our own clippings and templates and prototypes etc folders. but mine at any rate are messy and inscrutable. to have cycling74 'modules' is fantastic. especially i imagine for new users and teachers. i feel like i could get many more friends / etc interested in max through ideas like VIZZIE, that i currently cannot convince to sit in front of a blank patcher window.
so, noting that i love it, please accept the following ideas/points in good spirits:
1 -- the FOGGR module has a bug - the 'Display bypassed' text that comes up in response to the VIEWR module is flipped. i have fixed mine but maybe it should be fixed for next release.
2 -- the way the VIEWR modules are autonumbered is fantastic - could we not have the same system for PLAYR modules? i know there is a reason for the VIEWR modules to operate like that, but for me i'd like to see my PLAYRs numbered on screen too.
3 -- in the VIEWR module, the bypass displays is great and working as expected. however, i think the actual bypassed toggle state should be updated across ALL VIEWR modules in the patch at once. at the moment you click one of them, and it bypasses displays as expected, but the other VIEWRS look like the bypass is off. I do not mind much, but it seems to me this sort of detail is REALLY important for new users coming to it all for the first time and not getting confused.
4 -- when hovering over the 'video out' text on the green effects modules, the hint comes up which is great, but, move your mouse over the effects presets buttons (first one) and you still get the 'video out' text hint popup. presumably because the comment object is overlapping slightly in presentation mode there. i know it is a detail but again, will confuse new users i think. as an aside, personally i think ALL ACTUAL patching cord outputs should also be labled as one would in normal max. at the moment a lot of the outlet hints have been left blank, which is a shame.
5 -- in a similar vein, in the TOGGLR module the button which displays the toggle state is clickable. this is confusing. it should be 'ignoreclick 1' in the inspector like the others.
6 -- the whole VIZZIE package is a really interesting new direction, and it brings to the forefront two issues i have had a thing about for a long time. 1 -- the way Max handles pop-up hints. they have always been very slow to pop up. there should be a way of customising pop-up speed. also, i understand why the vizzie pop-ups are often very long, but pop-up time never lasts long enough to read all the text. we need to be able to customise this time-span too. also, we need GLOBAL on/off pop-up command per patcher. in performance with vizzie modules i imagine all those helpful pop-up hints could get really annoying. i have always wished for these pop-up customisation features for my own patches. 2 -- i know it is a dirty word but: MIDI-mapping. is it not about time Max had auto midi mapping like Ableton et al? it could be editable via a rows-window such as pattr windows and dependency and parameter windows in M4L. it sort of feels like elephant/room working with VIZZIE.
7 -- every single time i have used the name of a VIZZIE module whilst writing this text i have had to go to Max and look it up. cycling i think your software is fantastic, but your names are completely awful! also, why is RANGER not called RANGR then?!?! unrelated but still my projecting: the use of exclamation marks in software should be BANNED!!!!! i do not want "Drop a movie here!", i want "Drop movie here". this annoyed me so much in the fantastic M4L "Looper" device i actually had to go and rename the drop zone text and save the actual device that way for me.
but as i said at the top, generally i welcome the whole idea. in fact i think you could max-standardise even more parts of the software - the examples section springs to mind here; if they were ALL poletti-style i think that would be awesome.
by the way, a question: so, we can use the " --- " feature in normal max patchers as well as M4L now then?
anyway, just a few cents there.