Appendix: Distributing Packages


Packages are a convenient means of bundling objects, media, patchers, and resources for distribution.

A package is simply a folder adhering to a prescribed structure and placed in the 'packages' folder. Folders adhering to this structure can be accessed by Max to integrate seamlessly at launch time.

To install a package, simply copy it to your 'packages' folder. To uninstall a package, simply remove it from your 'packages' folder.

There are two packages folders you may use. One is called 'packages' in your Max folder. The other is the 'Max/Packages' in your Documents (Mac) or My Documents (Windows) folder.

Additional folders containing packages may be added by creating a text file in your Max application folder, named "packages.txt". This file may then contain the path to a folder (that contains package folders) of your choosing on each line, terminated with a semi-colon. For example:


Creating A Package

You may create your own packages, either for your own use or for distribution to others. The folders comprising a package may optionally include the following:

clippings* Patchers to list in the "Paste From..." contextual menu when patching
code* Gen patchers
default-definitions Definition info for Object Defaults support in UI externals
default-settings Saved color schemes for Object Defaults
docs* Reference pages and Vignettes to be accessible from the Documentation Window
examples* Example patchers and supporting material
extensions Special external objects loaded on Max launch
externals* External objects
extras Patchers to be listed in the "Extras" menu
help* Help patchers and supporting material
init Text files interpreted by Max at launch
interfaces Supporting files for objects to display in the Object Exporer and other Max integration.
java-classes* Compiled Java classes for use in mxj~
java-doc Documentation for Java classes
javascript* Javascript files to be used by js
jsextensions* Extensions to JS implemented as special externals or js files
jsui* Javascript files to be used by jsui, and listed in the contextual menu for jsui
license.txt Terms of use / redistribution of your package
media* Media files to be included in the searchpath
misc* Anything
patchers* Patchers or abstractions to be included in the searchpath
object-prototypes Object Prototypes will be listed in the context menu for a selected ui object
queries Saved searches for the File Browser
readme.txt Information about your package
source Source code for external objects, ignored by Max
templates Patchers to be listed in the "File > New From Template" menu

Items in folders marked with a star will automatically be included in the searchpath.

The "source" folder is ignored entirely by Max, it simply provides a standard location to include source code in a distribution if desired.