Max/MSP Quick Tip #2: Launching Apps & Websites from Max

You can launch apps on your computer and websites in your primary web browser with message boxes in Max.

Simply create a message box and type:

; max launchbrowser file:///Applications/xxxxxxxxx.app/

Alternately to launch websites type:

; max launchbrowser http://www.xxxxx.xxx

*These are for mac, i haven’t had chance to try them on windows.

This technique was utilised in a recent Holo:Code project to allow the patch to periodically launch specific Youtube videos and then sample the audio for a generative composition. A full rundown of the project will be up here shortly.

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