Subject: MAX Digest - 3 Apr 1999 to 4 Apr 1999 (#1999-105)
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 1999 00:00:04 -0400
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There are 4 messages totalling 168 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

  1. good ol' Max bug (2)
  2. new objects on Ircam's ftp
  3. MAX Object Help dynamic search engine

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Date:    Sun, 4 Apr 1999 10:04:58 +0300
From:    Tom Mays 
Subject: Re: good ol' Max bug

>But what you
>can't do is have aliases to other volumes.

Oh yeah!  That old bug. I think I must have given one of those "vague
reports"
years ago. I've been doing my workaround for so long now I just kindof
forgot about
it.

Anyway, my experience of the bug is more "the  max path will not resolve
aliases
to other volumes if that alias is not explicitely written into the max
search path."

What I like to do is to create a folder called "aliases" in the max folder
and then put
an alias of the resources folder of my current project into it, which has
quite
often been on external volumes. Then in the max search path I type

:aliases:myprojectresoursesfolder

and it works

Indeed, if myprojectresoursesfolder is on the same volume as max, one need
only
type

:aliases

-tm

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Date:    Sun, 4 Apr 1999 13:08:44 +0200
From:    Roland Cahen & Ruth Sefton-Green 
Subject: Re: new objects on Ircam's ftp

This mail is a proposition to IRCAM, UnMax, MaxArchive &   Opcode

About a collection of max objects,
If it doesn't already exist,
Could someone make a automatic search engine which would scan the help
objects texts and classifies all objects by key word.
This way, it will become possible to look for an object without remembering
it's name.
This would be a great economy of time for all users.
This engine could answer your request by responding with the text or the
image of the found help files
When this tool exists, I'm pretty shure that most object creators may
improove their coments. That would be sometimes welcome as well.

This data could be easily translated in different langages.

I suppose this work could be achieved  by a programmer within a week time.

Roland Cahen

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Date:    Sun, 4 Apr 1999 16:51:54 +0200
From:    Peter Castine 
Subject: Re: good ol' Max bug

On around 3-4-99 20:55, David Zicarelli said something like:

>I will get this in as a fix if and when we do another update.
                             ???????????

Oy.

I seem to remember having written some optimistic stuff not all so long
ago about how there was no good reason to expect Max' revision numbers to
top off at 3.5.something. I still don't see a _good_ reason for Max to
stagnate where it is--there are no lack of wishes for new/better/more
robust features.

Say it ain't so, David.

Cheers,

Peter

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Date:    Sun, 4 Apr 1999 12:11:59 -0500
From:    Johnny DeKam 
Subject: Re: MAX Object Help dynamic search engine

I've looked into this possibility as per your suggestion, and you're
absolutely right, this will not be hard to implement, all it will require u=
s
to do is reformat all the help patches into html, by filtering out MAX
specific text tags, thus making them accessible by a cgi search engine, and
then display the results of a search as a web page.

I've already begun the process on UnMAX - the search engine is in place, an=
d
its just a matter of converting the patches and installing the interface.
To make things even sweeter, we may possibly add a screen capture image of
the help patch itself.  This system is fully dynamic, so that adding a new
or revised help patch will automatically be searchable.  For future
reference, developers of new objects would aid the process greatly by
including an html version of their help patch.  (not too much to ask I hope=
)
The only drawback is that you'll need a web browser open while your using
MAX.

If there are objections (legal or otherwise) for us to do this, speak now o=
r
forever hold your peace.

Yours Truly,

Johnny DeKam - Unauthorized MAX (aka UnMAX)

http://node.net/MAX/

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>From: Roland Cahen & Ruth Sefton-Green 

> This mail is a proposition to IRCAM, UnMax, MaxArchive & =8A Opcode
>
> About a collection of max objects,
> If it doesn't already exist,
> Could someone make a automatic search engine which would scan the help
> objects texts and classifies all objects by key word.
> This way, it will become possible to look for an object without rememberi=
ng
> it's name.
> This would be a great economy of time for all users.
> This engine could answer your request by responding with the text or the
> image of the found help files=8A
> When this tool exists, I'm pretty shure that most object creators may
> improove their coments. That would be sometimes welcome as well.
>
> This data could be easily translated in different langages.
>
> I suppose this work could be achieved  by a programmer within a week time=
.
>
> Roland Cahen
>

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