Yes, it will run offline for up to 180 days before you need to connect to the internet again. Max will prompt you when you get close to that time to reconnect to our authorization server. Also, full licenses (no subscriptions) can be transferred to iLok for offline use.
When you first purchase a subscription, your computer must be connected to the internet to receive the authorization. If you have purchased a monthly subscription, you must then be connected to the internet once every 30 days. If you have purchased an annual subscription, you must then be connected to the internet once every 180 days.
No. There is only one installer and only one flavor of the Max application. The only difference between a 'academic' (student, teacher, or school), 'subscription', and 'permanent' license is the amount paid for the program and/or whether or not your license expires after some period of time (e.g. the 12-month student license). The '30-day demo' simply refers to the fact that Max will run without copy protection for the first 30 days. There are no limitations to the program during this period.
If it is a Max Patch: You can send your patch to any person who owns Max and has it installed. That person can open it directly, edit and save. There's also a 30-day demo available for downloading. During the 30-day period, that person can open it directly, edit and save. After 30 days, it cannot be saved.
If it's a Max Collective: You may also build a collective out of your patch. This bundles up your patch into one file to make it easier to send. It's especially useful if your patch contains a number of different files. Collectives are cross-platform compatible (Max/MSP 4.3 or greater). Like a Patch, a Collective also requires a Max installation, demo, or runtime version (only for Max 6 or older). Refer to the documentation for more details on how to create collectives.
If it's a Max Standalone: You may turn your patch into a platform-specific standalone application. A standalone does not require any additional Max installation or runtime. You can give this away free.
If it's saved as a Max 8 Project: The project is portable and can be opened by other Max 8 users.
Max audio processing bit depth was updated to 64-bit as of Max 6.0. The bit resolution of Max messages is dependent on the version of software that you are using. Versions before Max 6.1, and the 32-bit versions of Max 6.1+, use 32-bit numeric data. The 64-bit version of Max 6.1+ uses 64-bit numeric data for all message contents.
Apple has announced their lack of continued support for 32-bit applications, the embedded Chrome web browser technology we rely upon for in-application web browsing (including Reference, File Browser, Package Manager, and Search features) has removed 32-bit support long ago, and maintenance issues across architectures has become increasingly burdensome for us to provide you with the best Max experience possible. 64-bit applications also remove the memory restrictions of 32-bit applications, and Max is able to provide you with significantly improved math for integer operations under 64-bit than its 32-bit counterpart. For these reasons, we feel that moving to a 64-bit only architecture is the best path forward for Max and its community.
If you must use 32-bit due to the reliance on older third party externals, audio plugins, or operating systems, we suggest you use Max 7.3.5. We realize that this might be an obstacle for those of you that wish to integrate new Max 8 features into existing Max patches that do have 32-bit dependencies, and we encourage you to let us know the 32-bit only third party externals or other features that you rely upon for your patches. We'll do our best to offer recommendations for alternative solutions to make these patches work in Max 8, and are open to helping third party external developers port their objects to 64-bit as we've already been doing for the past several years.
In Max 6, we introduced an architecture for the translation of the user interface. We hope to extend this architecture to the rest of Max Documentation and Max patches at some point in the future. Currently, we have partnered with MI7 for a Japanese translation, and CMMAS for a Spanish translation. If you are interested in translating Max, please contact Support.
Yes, it is compatible with Ableton Live 10.
Gen works within Max for Live with a full Max 7 (or later) license. However, to edit Gen patchers, you will need to purchase a crossgrade to Max 8. Learn more about the Crossgrade to Max 8 for Max for Live users.
For features new in Max 8 such as Gen event domain or Multi-Channel mc.gen~ patchers, you will need to purchase a crossgrade to Max 8. For legacy features like gen~ patchers, full Max 7 authorizations will be honored.