Cycling ’74 Max 5

Cycling ’74 has announced a major new upgrade to Max/MSP/Jitter.

According to David Zicarelli, Max 5 is based on being easier to use, easier to learn, and easier to deal with.

Highlights of Max 5

Easier to Use

  1. Multiple undo is available
  2. Objects interact with time in ways that are more meaningful than milliseconds
  3. The patcher is variable resolution and can be zoomed in and out
  4. A simplified and more consistent interface, identical on Mac and Windows
  5. A new object palette (with nice big resizable icons!) works as a visual catalog

Easier to Learn

  1. The documentation is completely integrated into the user interface
  2. A searchable database of objects, media, examples, and documentation integrates all of the provided material
  3. Introductory tutorials have been completely rewritten, and include integrated patches
  4. New interactive debugging tools make figuring out what your patch is doing (almost) fun
  5. Third-party object developers can now use all of our documentation tools for their products

Easier to Deal With

  1. The interface can easily be localized and customized
  2. A new file format is more readable, extensible and reliable
  3. Support for Unicode text and filenames
  4. A new interface layer — “Presentation Mode” – provides a new way to build user interfaces without cluttering your patch
  5. The installation and authorization experience is vastly improved

Max 5 will be released in the first quarter of 2008, and will include (and require) new versions of MSP and Jitter.

Since I have no Max experience other than using some of the VST plug-ins with the Pluggo run-time, I’ll recommend reading the CDM post on Max 5 for more insight and comments.

Visit Cycling ’74 for more information.