This is a nice ans usefull idea from you. The MIDI Integrator works even if the application does not have the focus? Keystrokes are in fact not necessarily passed - unfortunately. That was the problem in my application.
It works if you maximumize the app to fill the screen. Ditto for mouse movements. This application is generally to be used on a dedicated Netbook that has been set to not be interupted or to go to sleep. it runs like a cheeta even on the slowest netbook.
Ok - I see, but there must be a more elegant solution to grab events? A dedicated laptop use - a iPad would be easier to take and you have great OSC solutions. No - Max may either on its own or an external one should be in c / c + + write - that's my opinion.
Back to the topic: There's always a more elegant solution, and I'd love it if you could help develop one. For me, the Max/MSP solution works well enough, works on both the PC and Mac platform as a single executable (!!), and is open source that others can understand and enhance.
I'm very pleased, and consider Max 5 to be well worth it. (4.0 and 4.5 I had my doubts about.
I spent a fair bit of time trying to grab the Touchpad input as a HID input separate from the mouse stream. No go: In windows the mouse and keyboard inputs are locked down pretty tight. It's only when Windows hands the input over to Max/MSP or other running program that it can be accessed by simple programming.
I can see that users of alternative keyboards will benefit from expanding their range of expression with your MIDI integrator, and (not having tried it yet) you don't necessarily need a MIDI device in order to make music this way, you can do so just with your existing computer peripherals, is that correct?
Peter, you are correct, as soon as it starts it starts monitoring mouse and keyboard input, and checks this input against the translation tables. I've provided a starter set, but you can edit the tables in real-time, or load alternate versions to instantly change the mapping rule.
By default you can start playing in the *jammer* layout, but one can easily switch to piano layout (ugh), or set up a sonome mapping. I should post the spreadsheet I use to figure out the assignments.
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